Crystal Louise Gebhart Humpf

Crystal Louise Gebhart Humpf, 60, of Ashland, MO passed away on March 10, 2015.  Crystal was born on April 2, 1954 in Germantown, OH to James and Martha (Koontz) Gebhart.  

A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, March 15, 2015 from 6-9 pm at the Ashland Optimist Club; 511 Optimist Dr.; Ashland, MO.

Crystal graduated from Miami University in Ohio, in 1977 with a degree as a RN.  After graduation, Crystal enrolled in the visiting nurses program and worked in Miami, San Francisco, and Phoenix before settling in Columbia, MO.  There she met her future husband, John Humpf, and they were married on July 23, 1983.  

The newlyweds settled on a ten-acre mini farm in Englewood, MO where they became proud parents of twin sons; Alex and Max on October 3, 1986.  There were good times in Englewood, raising their children and chickens in the country.  Crystal became certified in archery so she could teach children in her 4-H group.  

In 1998 the family sold the farm and moved “to the city” on the outskirts of Ashland.  This residence was Crystal’s dream home; a place where she could raise her sons and their friends could hang out, safely and with supervision.  

It was also very important to Crystal to attend the boy’s school sponsored athletic games, both home and away.  Crystal “set the bar” for raising children.  She was a good example for all in love and patience, the same traits she displayed in her long nursing career in Columbia, MO.  

Crystal worked at Columbia Regional, Boone, and University Hospital where she made life long friends with doctors, co-workers, and patients; some of whom followed her from hospital to hospital as she provided love and comfort to many through those years.  

Crystal’s passing was from a rare form of aggressive cancer.  In the spring of 1995 she had surgery for the condition at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the hospital of the stars, in Beverly Hills, CA.  Thanks to the generosity of friends, co-workers and the Ashland community she received state of the art surgery that extended her life many years.  She followed up treatments at Ellis Fischel and SLU.  Sadly she knew this disease would eventually overtake her, but did not let it define her.  She retired in 2009 and traveled extensively and lived life fully everyday.  It was the quality of life to Crystal, no the quantity.  Her family, friends, neighbors, and old colleagues will sadly miss her.  

Crystal is survived by her husband, John; her son, Max; her mother, Martha as well as many friends and family members.  Her son, Alex; her father, James; and her stepfather, Bob Burns, precede her in death.  

Memorials may be left to the Alex Memorial Track Scholarship; Boone County National Bank, 405 E. Broadway, Ashland, MO 65010.  

The family of Crystal Humpf would like to send their sincere deepest thank you to Dr. Scoles, Dr. Schlossman, Missouri Cancer Associates, Hospice Advantage, as well as all the staff members, nurses, and friends that helped her through this journey.  


Visits: 6


  1. Randy Gay on March 11, 2015 at 11:33 am

    A wonderful Peer @ Boone Hospital Center. She contributed so much to the sucess of the GI program and to Emergency Management.

  2. Ken Reeves on March 11, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    A kind and generous woman. RIP
    Thoughts and prayers for her and her family.

  3. Vicki (Wren)Eultgen on March 11, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    A wonderful woman, always a smile. Helpful in any way she could be. I will always remember Crystal and how she loved to laugh! Always ready for a fun moment.

  4. Julie Frala on March 11, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    Crystal was a great friend. I met her at a bon fire at the Geller’s. Turns out laughter wasn’t the only thing we had in common. Lots of mutual friends, old hospital days, especially the Regional Hospital gang. We reacquainted after Alex’s death, I didn’t know him, but have enjoyed my relationship with Max, what a great young man. Bottom line, Crystal loved to laugh, loved to be happy, I was game! What an intelligent, STRONG, kind, thoughtful friend. I loved her and will miss her greatly. Much love to everyone who mourns her death.

  5. carl coleman on March 11, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    John so sorry to hear about the loss of your lovely thoughts and prayers are with you and max.R I P Crystal.

  6. John Marshall, MD on March 11, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    I got to work with Crystal when she worked as a GI endoscopy nurse for the University’s Digestive Health Center. She was such a wonderful, kind, competent and efficient nurse! She is in my Hall of Fame for GI nurses! We also used to listen to music during our endoscopy sessions. This was in the days before Shazam. Crystal was an expert with the pop/rock music of the 60s and 70s. We really missed her after her retirement. Her friend Sally Hyde gave us periodic “Crystal updates” after this. She was a person who really enriched this world.

  7. Raymond & Mary Nunnelly on March 11, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    John and Max,
    Our deepest sympathy to you, the loss of wife and mother. God is a good God. No more pain, she has gone to meet King Jesus. Crystal left a legend of memories that will live in your hearts forever. The memories of ” Love”, smiles and laugh.
    May God be with you in this time of sorrow.
    Just Us!
    Raymond (Wink) and Mary Nunnelly

  8. Ann Lenhardt on March 12, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    So sorry to hear of Crystal’s passing and am sending much love to John, Max and all of Crystal’s dear friends; she will be so missed! Crystal was a one of a kind sweetie; she had the ability to make everyone feel so comfortable, and always seemed calm and centered, no matter what life through at her. Such a great example for all of us. Rest in peace, Crystal!

  9. Lesli on March 12, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    RIP crystal you will be missed dearly,
    jon we are thinking of you
    love the andrews family

  10. Jamie Henderson on March 15, 2015 at 9:26 am

    I will always remember Crystal with deep respect as a GI nurse guru. But most importantly as a friend. She had to retire too early but I’ll always remember the times when she came back to visit the lab and brightened our day with her updates and humorous conversations. She lived life to the fullest and we all will miss her greatly.

  11. Mike Caldwell on March 15, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    You are such a good, dear friend — almost like a brother as we grew up together. I am so sorry. I’ll be thinking about you. I know you’ll be strong.

  12. Maggie green on March 16, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    My deepest condolence to Martha,Max, John & the entire family for the loss of a wonder person Crystal,I met Crystal just before she graduated from high school so full of life RIP

  13. Mark Heistand on March 17, 2015 at 8:44 am

    My deepest condolences to Crystal’s husband John and son Max, and to her dear mother Martha. I graduated with Crystal from Valley View High School in Germantown, Ohio in 1972 and we grew up together in the same church where her father was assistant organist. She was a dear friend to everyone in the Class of 1972 and we mourn her passing. A treasured memory is when several of us from the class enjoyed a dinner with her in November when she made her final visit back to Ohio. Prayers go out for her family and friends during this time of loss.

  14. Bonnie Kenyon on March 17, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    Crystal was a class mate of mine at Valley View High School class of 1972. She was such a nice and fun loving person and one that will be missed terribly by all who knew her. My heart felt condolences to her family. There is another angel in heaven! Bonnie Spencer Kenyon, Germantown,Ohio

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