Gregory Warren Crabtree, 61, of Three Rivers, passed away suddenly on Feb. 13, 2017. He was born in Elmhurst, Ill. on Sept. 21, 1955, the son of Mr. Jack and Nancy (Broker) Crabtree.
Greg worked as a machinist for X-L Machine Company after a long stint at the family business where Jonathan currently works. Greg also worked part time putting in boats and docks for residents on the local lakes which resulted in many long-lasting friendships.
Greg has been a resident of Fisher Lake for the last 40-plus years. He spent many summers coming to the lake as a child. He bought a home here, and then later moved to the other side of the lake to the house his grandparents built. He enjoyed all aspects of living at Fisher Lake, but most of all teaching his son, Jonathan to swim, water ski, and enjoy the water, which has continued to this date. Greg was a Correct Craft Boat enthusiast, owning and restoring several during his time at the lake. He also loved Cubs baseball. Greg enjoyed snowmobiling in upper Michigan with his son and times spent at the Bolz cabin. He spent many hours with all of his brothers taking road trips trying to find the next great “Trinket” and a spot for good food.
Greg was preceded in death by his mother, Nancy and one brother, Jonathan Crabtree.
He leaves to cherish his loving memory, his father, Jack Crabtree of Vero Beach, Fla., son, Jonathan Crabtree of Palatine, Ill., and his mother, Terri Crabtree of Three Rivers; three brothers, George of Chuckey, Tenn., Keith of Florence, Ky. and Wayne of Vero Beach, Fla., as well as many friends made on the lakes.
The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17 at Hohner Funeral Home. Visitation will also be held from 10:30 a.m. until a time of celebration beginning at 11:45 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18 at Hohner Funeral Home, with Rev. Brenda Deily officiating.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph County Animal Rescue (A.R.F.) or the American Heart Association. Envelopes available at Hohner Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at

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