Larry Foster Crady
December 5, 1944 ~ May 20,
Foster Crady, 78, of Topeka, passed away
Saturday, May 20, 2023, surrounded by his
He was born December 5, 1944, in Modesto,
California, the son of Teddy Dale “Ted” and Mary
Ann (Peterson) Crady, Sr. He was a 1962 graduate
of Lawrence High School where he served in the
ROTC and was a Drum Major for the Lawrence High
School Marching Band.
Larry attended the University of Kansas where he
worked as a draftsman, while majoring in
Engineering with a minor in Art. Larry married
Wanda Lou Spurlock on January 5, 1964, in
Lawrence, Kansas. He and Wanda later moved to
Topeka where he was an insurance agent for
Allstate Insurance Company.
He began his law enforcement career with the
Topeka Police Department for two years and
transitioned to the Shawnee County Sheriff
Department on November 1, 1975. He was promoted
to detective on October 1, 1977, and to sergeant
on September 18, 1988. His career was divided
between the Detective Division, the Uniformed
Operations Division and community services.
Crady was a department instructor for Time Line
Analysis, Cult Crimes and Confidence Crimes.
Crady was the Liaison Officer for the Cadet
Program and the Reserve Program, each serving
five years. He started the K-9 Unit for the
Topeka Police and Shawnee County Sheriff’s
Departments. He was a 24 year member of the
Major Case Squad and graduated from the Kansas
Bureau of Investigation’s Agent Academy. He
served as president of the Crime Research
Association of Topeka and Kansas Crime
Prevention Association and is a past board
member of CrimeStoppers of Topeka. Crady was the
officer in charge of the Shawnee County
Sheriff’s Department’s Honor Guard. He was also
in charge of the Detective Division. Crady
retired as Lt. of the Detective Division on May
1, 2000. He would later work for the Kansas
Highway Patrol and Kansas Turnpike Authority
until retiring in 2020.
Crady was a member of the Golden Rule Masonic
Lodge No. 90 A.F. & A. M. of North Topeka and
Topeka Scottish Rite Bodies. He was also Past
Worthy Patron of the Order of the Eastern Star.
was a Caller for the Wheatheart Square Dance
Club at Croco Hall, Tecumseh, KS, where he
became the President of the Board of Directors.
He was also a Caller for the Ottawa Promenaders
Square Dance Club, Ottawa, KS. He was
Past-President of the Kansas Square Dance
Callers Association and Northeast Square Dance
Callers. In 1986, he and Wanda started the Crady
Country Capers dance weekend in Rockaway Beach
and later in Warsaw, Missouri. He taught square
dancing to many dancers of all ages for over 50
years. He was recognized as the Oldest Caller in
Kansas and the four state area.
He was an active volunteer for the Capper
Foundation, creating a Boy Scout Troup
representing and assisting many boys accomplish
what others said wasn’t possible.
He is survived by his wife, Wanda of almost 60
years; his daughter, Karrie Lynn (Galen) Gibson
of Auburn, KS; his son, Kevin Foster Crady of
Topeka; three grandchildren, Garrett Michael
(Josette) Gibson, McKenna Lynn Crady and Drew
Jeffrey Crady; his great-granddaughter, Chevie
Rose Gibson; three step-great-grandchildren; and
a step-great-great-grandson; his sister, Pam Ann
McMillen of Topeka; and several nieces, nephews,
cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his
brother, Teddy Dale Crady, Jr.
Larry loved spending time with his family,
traveling, camping and fishing. He enjoyed
Square Dancing, his work, playing musical
instruments, Snickers Candy Bars, ice cream,
snickerdoodle cookies and blackberry cobbler. He
was also an avid KU Basketball and Kansas City
Chiefs fan. He was a dedicated husband, father,
grandfather, brother and friend who will always
be remembered for his amazing sense of humor and
Honoring his request, cremation is planned. A
visitation of family and friends will be from
6:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 30, 2023 at
Parker-Price Cremations, Funerals and
Receptions, 245 NW Independence Ave, Topeka, KS.
A celebration of Larry’s life will be at 10:30
a.m., Wednesday, May 31, 2023, at the Croco
Square, 6115 SE US Highway 40, Tecumseh, KS.
Internment will follow at Vinland Cemetery,
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may
be made to Wanda Crady to be designated later
and sent in care of Kaw Valley Bank,1110 N.
Kansas Ave, Topeka, KS 66608.