John Virgil Crane Obituary

Clark County Clipper
7 Nov 1968
Dies Suddenly
VIRGIL CRANE, well known retired ASCS man died Saturday morning from a heart attack at their home on South Main.  Virgil was a Clark County boy and one of the founders of Clark County Museum.
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, November 5, 1968, in Ashland Church of God, with Pastor Frank Chrispen and Rev. Major Parker officiating.  Mrs. Jessie Waits was at the organ, a male quartet, Gary Allison, Donald Spotts, Harland Hughs, and Jim McNickle, with soloist pastor Chrispen sang "Beyond the Sunset" and "The Lord's Prayer".
Casket bearers were: Oral Bilyeu, Dan Shattuck, Willis Harden, W.A. Shattuck, Robert Seacat, and Francis Moore.
Honorary bearers were: Roy Shupe, Ray Crosby, Paul Harden, Earl Simmons, Clarence Aldridge, B.M. Fleetwood, Francis Arnold, and W.H. Shattuck.
Military graveside services and interment Highland Cemetery, Ashland, KS.
Services conducted by the Brown Mortuary, Ashland.



Obituary of J. VIRGIL CRANE
J. Virgil Crane, long time farmer and ASCS Fieldman was taken at his home in Ashland by a heart attack on November 2, 1968.  He was born February 18, 1896 in Clinton, IN, to Benjamin and Anna Crane.  He was orphaned at the age of 5 by the death of both parents.  He lived with a cousin in Indiana for a year, then moving to Tulia, TX to live with an uncle.  He attended school there until the age of 16, when he moved to Clark County and worked for various farmers in the Lexington community.
Virgil served in the armed forces of the United States in World War I from 1917 to the end of the war.  He returned to Clark County and resumed working on various farms.
May 5, 1922 he was united in marriage to Jennie May Valentine of the Lexington community.  Here their 4 children were born, Ellen, Eula May, Irene, and Guy.  Eula May preceded him in death in February 1929 at the age of 3.
In 1934 he accepted a position on the ASCS County Committee.  In 1944 he became a State field representative serving 36 southwestern counties, working until his retirement in 1965.
In 1949 they purchased a home in Ashland.
Virgil was a member of the Lexington Methodist Church, the VFW and the American Legion.  For the past 2 years, he was President of the Clark County Historical Society.
He leaves to mourn his death, his widow Jennie May; one son, Guy L. Crane of Manhattan; 2 daughters, Mrs. Marvin McPhail of Ashland and Mrs. David Unruh of Garden City; 15 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren; 3 brothers, Lysle of Protection, KS; Earl Crane of Dana, IN; and Cedric Crane of Des Plaines, IL; one sister, Mrs. Lillie Strong of Bartlesville, OK; many other relatives and a host of friends.


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