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RIP Joseph “JoeCrow” Crowthers

Pennsauken, New Jersey–Joseph R. Crowthers, husband, father and MST3K fan who had a rare chance to contribute to a small element of the show, died here Feb. 13. He was 63.

Crowthers was an 18-year veteran of the Pennsauken police department and loved to play ice hockey, which led to him getting jobs maintaining ice hockey arenas, first at the Spectrum in Philadelphia and later as the general manager at the University of Pennsylvania Class of 1923 Arena. Joe was a lifetime member of the Highland Fire Co. of the Pennsauken Fire Department.

Joe built his home, countless pieces of furniture, go carts and many other things–including the Crow and Tom Servo robots featured in this video, which was an extra on the single-disc version of “The Giant Gila Monster,” which Rhino replaced “Godzilla vs Megalon” with after being threatened with litigation from Toho, aka Vol. 10.2.

Online he was known as “JoeCrow,” and he ran his own bot building web site. Our condolences to his family.

Thanks to Bookworm for the heads up.

25 Replies to “RIP Joseph “JoeCrow” Crowthers”


    Our thoughts are with you. JoeCrow made people laugh with his talent at MST3K. I’m sure he is loved. Thanks for sharing him with the rest of us.


  2. Jay says:

    A life well lived is always ended too soon.


  3. Condolences to the family. For Joe…rest in peace dear mst brother.


  4. goalieboy82 says:

    always hate to see a fellow MSTie die. RIP Joe.


  5. Ro-man, aka one of several possible Steves says:

    Nice work. Condolences to his family & Godspeed.


  6. Gary Bowden says:

    Very sorry to hear this.My condolences and prayers go out to his family and friends..


  7. Sad to hear of his passing! Always liked his site, it contained the best instructions for bot building. I think i exchanged messages with him years ago.


  8. Jeff says:

    This is incredibly sad. Joe was a wonderful member of the MST3K community. Someone who contributed so much over the years. He will be greatly missed.


  9. Dennis says:

    Two decades ago, I ordered parts from Joe to build my own bots. Living in NJ at the time, Joe told me I could save on the shipping if I wanted to drive to his house and pick them up in person. I remember arriving at his house and being greeted by his wonderful wife and escorted to the work shop where he had all his bot parts and vacuum form machine. He showed me props that he had acquired from the show. Being a big MST fan, it was like being in Santa’s workshop! He helped me out with building my bots and even gave me a few pieces that he had that came out of the mold wrong but with some work could still be used. He was a very polite man and am grateful that I had a chance to meet him. R.I.P


  10. Randy Stokes says:

    Sad to see this… Always went to this site for help with Bots ! Condolences to his Family.


  11. Jeremy says:

    One of my fondest memories growing up was building Tom and Crow with my dad and Joe Crow helped make those memories. RIP.


  12. Ryan says:

    Sorry to hear of his passing. Is he different than sledge_riprock that sells bots on a regular basis through eBay? That’s who I got my Tom and Crow from, and they are great!


  13. GornCaptain says:

    I think he was about the only person making Gypsy puppets? (The car seat for the head being more difficult to find than any part of Tom or Crow.) I suspect the Gypsy I got on Ebay many years ago was originally made by him. Looking at her never fails to make me smile.
    Rest In Peace.


  14. CaveDweller says:

    I met him at a convention in St. Louis in (I think) 2000 and he was super cool. I remember at one point, it was morning and the MST3K crew were having breakfast and Joe and I were sitting at the bar and Joe orders drinks for them and sends them to their table. Kevin Murphy bursts into a huge laugh and Joe says, “Well, we can always say we made THEM laugh for once.” He built a Crow and Servo for me that are still VERY proudly displayed in my house. He was a really cool guy, for sure and will be greatly missed!

    R.I.P. JoeCrow


  15. hellokittee says:

    Condolences to his family and friends. RIP JoeCrow.


  16. Ray Dunakin says:

    I never knew him but he must have been a great guy to be remembered so fondly by so many. My heart-felt condolences to his family and friends.


  17. Torgo"s Pizza-NJ says:

    Sad. New Jersey’s ambassador to the Satellite of Love. Rest in Peace.


  18. UpSky2 says:

    I paid a portion of the flowers-for-his-funeral, the instant I heard of his passing.
    But I regret that I hardly knew of him. Some things are really missed.


  19. Blonde Russian Spy says:

    You wouldn’t think a song from the Muppet Movie would be appropriate here, but this just resonates with me:

    “There is not a word yet
    For old friends who’ve just met
    Part heaven, part space
    Or have I found my place

    “You can just visit
    But I plan to stay
    I’m going to go back there

    R.I.P JoeCrow. I wish I could have known you.


  20. mst3ktemple says:

    Sad to hear of Joe’s passing. He and I exchanged some emails many years ago when he helped answer some questions about Gypsy bot parts for me. RIP Joe. You will be missed by many including those of us in the MSTie community.


  21. MrTorso says:

    As many others have posted, I bought some Bot parts from him many years ago… RIP JoeCrow!


  22. Gary Bacon says:

    Joe made both my bots. I have enjoyed them every day since. We had a bit of discussion about the show. He seemed like a really nice guy.
    My condolences to his loved ones.


  23. pOrpoise says:

    sad. so sad. he’s been around the Misties a long time.


  24. Enapov says:

    The nicest and funniest person I ever captioned with. He will be sorely missed. My condolences to his family and close friends. He was one of a kind.


  25. David says:

    Rest in Peace Joe. You will forever be remembered as the bot builder responsible for bot parts in the early 2000’s. as well as the contributing bots to the giant gila monster sketch.


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