Lt. William Randall Crecelius Scholarship Endowment
Henry Crecelius, father of Lt. William Randall Crecelius, initially endowed this scholarship in 1983 to honor his son's service to his community and his country. This scholarship was intended to assist OCU student with the means to continue their education. Lieutenant Crecelius worked to help others during his life and will continue to assist others long after his untimely death. For all who knew him, he was an honorable man and one that the recipient of this scholarship can be proud. His family is honored to memorialise his name through this award.
Lt. Crecelius (Randy to his friends and family) died in a plane crash in Australia during World War II. He had been serving in New Guinea and Australis since April, 1943 and was the pilot on a flight December 19 of the year when hi plane exploded killing him and the thirty military personnel and other passengers on board the aircraft. The aircraft was a C-47 military cargo plane, the type that carried the majority of troops and cargo during the war. As was the military custom at the time, Randy was buried in Australia but was later returned to the United States and laid to rest at Warnock Cemetery in Princeton, Indiana. His military awards included the Distinguished Flying Cross, Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Air Medal.
Randy was born on November 21, 1918 and raised northeast of Princeton, Indiana. He was a 1936 graduate of Francisco High School and was very active in school and community activities. He enlisted in the Army in Evansville, Indiana in 1940, just before his 22nd birthday. At the time of his death, he was survived by brothers James (Jim) and Robert (Bob), a sister Doris and his parents Henry and Maude Crecelius.
Because Lt. Crecelius never married and therefore had no children, it is our hope that the recipients of this scholarship will become extended members of the family and continue his legacy with service to others as he would have surely done, had he survived.