TIBERIUS, Israel -- Several hundred mourners gathered near the Sea of Galilee Monday to pay their final respects to one of Israel's Christian pioneers.
Kenneth Eugene Crowell established a number of businesses, employed thousands of Israelis, and touched millions around the world.
Crowell passed away on Jan. 25, after a long battle with Myelofibrosis, a bone marrow disorder that disrupts normal production of blood cells. He was 79.
He chose to be buried in Israel. He said he felt called to the land and its people and committed most of his life to fulfill that calling.
Crowell arrived in Israel with his wife, Margie, and two children in 1969. During a recent interview with CBN News, he said he came with three goals: be a Christian witness, provide work, and bless the nation of Israel.
Crowell established a number of companies, including Galtronics, a company that now employs hundreds of Israelis. He developed a device that takes the gospel to millions in remote areas. He also received the prestigious Kaplan Award from Israel for his contributions to the nation.
"But the greatest think that he did is bring love to the heart of the people here," Eitan Oved, a Tiberius city councilman, said.
"He came here with this tremendous vision and no one thought it would work and it worked because of his faith in the Lord Yeshua , in the Messiah," Pastor David Davis said.
The name Galtronics comes from Psalm 37 in Hebrew. "Commit thy way to the Lord -- or gol al Adonai. Trust in Him and He shall bring it to pass," the Scripture reads.
"I would say seek the Lord to know what he wants you to do. And then 'gol al Adonai' - roll it over onto Him and do it as you are led," Crowell once told CBN News.
Crowell is survived by his wife, Margie; their three children, James, Judy and Hollie; his brother, Doug; and 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
*Original broadcast Jan. 31, 2012.