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Ward R. Crozier
Died: Friday - May 5, 2017
Ward R. Crozier
Ward R. Crozier, 79, of Lehighton passed away peacefully Friday, May 5, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Dorothy (Metz) Crozier and they celebrated 56 years of marriage on March 26th. Born February 2, 1938 in Wilson Boro, he was the son of the late Stephen and Rachael (Ward) Crozier.

He honorably served his country in the United States Army. Ward owned and operated several service stations before starting his promoting career at Harmony Speedway in the early 70's. He was a major icon in the Nazareth, Dorney Park and Mahoning Valley Speedway, which he resurrected in 1988.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, son, Ward Jr., daughters, Betty, wife of Barry Christman, Judy Pursell and her companion, Dave Crout, Dottie, wife of Dave Farkas, son in law, Richard Pursell, 8 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, and 4 nephews.

Services: A public viewing will be Tuesday, May 9th from 4 – 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday 10 – 11:00 a.m. in the Reichel Funeral Home, 326 E. 21st St., Northampton, PA 18067. At this time, family and friends will have an opportunity to share special memories.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the funeral home. Online condolences may be submitted below.
Lynn & Bill Kerchner
Wednesday - May 10, 2017
So sorry for your loss. Ward will be remembered fondly. We had a lot of fun times at Nazareth Speedway. May he RIP
Lili Veruki
Wednesday - May 10, 2017
Dear Betty, Judy, Dottie and Ward Jr,. I was so sorry to hear of your loss. I have many memories from when we were all much younger - visiting your house at Christmas time, you visiting our house in Fountain Hill, attending both Betty's and Judy's weddings (your dad was always the proud father of the bride), and of course visiting the racetrack. My deepest condolences to you and your mother. Best, Lili
Mark Janisch
Tuesday - May 9, 2017
I will always remember the good times I had while working in the pitside concession stand at harmony watching Ward race the #3 hobby car for Gary C. Learned some tricks from Ward too. RIP Ward,condolences to the family
Bill Dorshimer
Monday - May 8, 2017
Dottie and family. My sincere condolences to all the Crozier family. I know he will be missed but he left a legacy of a man truly loved by his family. I always enjoyed our conversations at the shop or the track talking about what else, racing. God bless and take care of yourself Dottie.
Ruth Anne Thran
Monday - May 8, 2017
Dear Dottie and family, I have so many fond memories of growing up with my Uncle Wardie. As kids we spent many, many Sundays together fighting over who would get the turquoise dish. He did a great job of caring for you all. Paul joins me in sending our deep, deep sympathy. Love to all, Ruth Anne
Beverly Wolf
Sunday - May 7, 2017
Dottie and Family, Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. I know he will be with Dick and many others at the race track in the sky. Take care of yourself. God Bless you and your family, Bev Wolf and Don
Joyce Binder
Sunday - May 7, 2017
My condolences to the family
Marsha and Chet Drake
Sunday - May 7, 2017
To my sister and her family. Our hearts break for all of you. Ward's presence will truly be missed but he will live on in our hearts forever. Ward was a very thoughtful and caring family man. Love all of you!
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