Open house at VFW Post 4999 from 3-6 p.m. Thursday



Superintendent of public works Clyde S. “Sid” Crabel should feel quite special after Monday night’s Chillicothe City Council meeting.


Open house at VFW Post 4999 from 3-6 p.m. Thursday

Superintendent of public works Clyde S. “Sid” Crabel should feel quite special after Monday night’s Chillicothe City Council meeting.

After all, Mayor Gary Fyke pointed out, Crabel is the first city supervisor to retire with a full work period. In Crabel’s case, he has 31 years under his belt.

State Rep. Dave Leitch (R-Peoria) is currently in Springfield, so his executive assistant, Linda Daley, presented a proclamation on behalf of Leitch and state Sen. Dale Risinger (R-Peoria).

Daley read the proclamation, which included personal information about Crabel’s life, and presented him with a copy of it on a wooden plaque.

His father, Clyde D. Crabel, was a Santa Fe Railroad conductor, and his mother, Ilion, was known throughout the area for her 66 years of service as Chillicothe city clerk and 65 years as Chillicothe Township clerk.

Those positions are now held by Crabel’s wife, Sharon.

Crabel began as the superintendent May 11, 1978, and has bragging rights of 15 consecutive years of perfect compliance with the state’s flouridation laws.

Daley also brought laughter to those in attendance by saying that state funds were not used to buy the plaque, but went on to say that Leitch paid for it himself.

Crabel said the presentation brought back memories of his mother in Springfield and said he really appreciated it.

After Daley’s presentation, Fyke also presented Crabel with an engraved Seiko watch for his years of service.

And, Crabel joked, he has lost quite a few watches in the last 30 years while working.

Fyke also talked about when he first met the superintendent, when Fyke was a police officer.

Crabel was trying to enjoy a steak fry at the Peoria Casting Club, like many others, and Fyke received a call to have Crabel look at a sewer problem.

Crabel told him the next day that the problem was someone put a fishing net in the sewer and clogged it up on Sunnyside.

An open house will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday in honor of Crabel at the VFW Post 4999, 1729 N. Santa Fe.

Read the proclamation here.