Local Attorney, Business Leader, Philanthropist Passes Away

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Floyd Edward Crowder, 84, of Columbia, died May 18, 2017 at St. Anthony's Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Jan. 30, 1933, in Warnock, the son of the late William C. and Lula I. (nee Smith) Crowder. He was married to Judith (nee Easton) Crowder in 1969, at the Graham Chapel at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. Floyd E. Crowder, JD '58, was founder of the Crowder and Scoggins law firm. He was also the C.E.O. of the Monroe County Title Co.
Mr. Crowder received his AB degree from Washington University in 1955, and his law degree from the Washington University School of Law in 1957. After graduation, he served three years as a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Air Force. In 1960, Crowder entered private practice in East St. Louis. Three years later he established his own general practice of law in Columbia. Today, the firm of Crowder and Scoggins, Ltd., is comprised of six attorneys.
During his professional career, Mr. Crowder was the Monroe County States Attorney from 1964 to 1968, and also in 1976. In addition, he served as Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois from 1969 until 1983.
A former president of the St. Clair and the Monroe County Bar Associations, Crowder was a member of the Illinois Bar Association and the Missouri Bar, and a fellow of the American Bar Association. He was active in community and philanthropic activities and served as president of the Sophia and Elmer Oerter Charitable Foundation, Dorothy Weinel Eppinger Foundation, and Crowder Family Foundation. Mr. Crowder was also a member of the Washington University School of Law's National Council. He was a recipient of Washington University Law School's 2001 Distinguished Alumni Award. Mr. Crowder was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal by the Secretary of the Air Force for his Meritorious Service. In addition to his wife, Mr. Crowder is survived by his children, John Crowder, Carolyn Messerly, Joy (Mark) Scoggins, Andrea (Paul) Khoury and Michelle (Tim) Walkonis; grandchildren, Martha (Ryan) Burgett, Aaron Crowder, Stephanie Van Sant, Colleen and Caleb Messerly, Blaine, Haley and Clayton Scoggins, Caide, Cole, Ava and Cruz Khoury, and Floyd “Owen” and Dane Gaither; a brother, Charles H. (Marian) Crowder; and brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Mavis (William) Caswell, Allan Easton and Kimberly (Robert) Pierce, along with many relatives and close friends.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Lena Bean; brothers James H. Garris and Alfred Crowder; and son-in-law, John Messerly. Visitation is Saturday, May 20, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbia. A private service and burial will follow. Memorials may be made to St. Anthony's Charitable Foundation or the American Heart Association. Lawlor Funeral Home handled the arrangements.