Clark County Clipper
7 Nov 1968
JOHN VIRGIL CRANE
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,
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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