Thursday, February 4, 2010

Francis William Crooks, 1881-1947

Unidentified Newspaper Obituary
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Allerton Farmer Dies in Seymour
  Francis Crooks, 66, farmer living southeast of Allerton, died Wednesday morning, Sept. 10, following a long illness. He had been suffering with asthma and heart trouble and became worse Wednesday. Taken to Seymour to consult a doctor, he died at the home of his brother-in-law, E. E. Van Dorn.
  Francis William Crooks, son of Francis and Martha Crooks, was born Feb. 16, 1881 in Carrol county, Missouri and died Sept. 10, 1947 at the age of 66 years, 6 months and 25 days.
  He was united in marriage to Miss Nevada Van Dorn on Feb. 15, 1909 at Jerome, Ia. To this union were born four children: Cleo, Pauline, Geneva and Francis.
  Most of his life was spent in Iowa except 13 years spent at Ipswich, S.D. The family returned to Iowa from there in 1932 and resided near Seymour until four years ago when they moved to a farm south of Allerton.
  He is survived by his widow, two sons and two daughters: Cleo and Mrs. Roy Middleton of Guthrie Center; Mrs. Walter Pritchett of Newton and Francis of the home; also seven grandchildren, three sisters, two brothers and a number of nieces and nephews.
  He was a kind and loving husband and father, and had many friends who admired him for his kindly nature.
  Funeral services were held from the Methodist church in Seymour Saturday, Sept. 13. Music was furnished by Reva Anderson and Lorene Ockerman with Mrs. Harley Merritt at the piano. Pallbearers were Lowell Ockerman, Dale Shriver, Alva Blanchard, Jim Larkins, Lowell Shelly, and Harvey Blancard. Flower girls were three granddaughters, Verna Jean Steen, Peggy Lee Steen and Deloris Middleton. 
  Burial was made in the Jerome cemetery.

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