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Plains Edition Obituaries for 2-5-11

Frank Crooker, 78, of Ragan, Neb., died Jan. 20, 2011, at the Christian Homes Care Community in Holdrege.

He was born Dec. 12, 1932, in Kasapaugh, Neb., the fifth of thirteen children of Claude and Alta (Anderson) Crooker. He then attended school through the eighth grade until he was needed to help his family make a living.

He entered the United States Army in 1953 and was stationed at Fort Leonardwood, Mo. In 1956, he was sent to Korea and later received his honorable discharge in 1957.

On July 31, 1957 he married Myrtle Ledbetter and to this union three children were born: Virgil, Randy and Lura Mae. Later he adopted and raised his two nephews: Tim and Charlie Smith.

The family made their home in the Sandhills area around Dunning, Neb., where he was employed for Max Thompson. After 13 years the family moved to Loomis, Neb., where he farmed for Lauren Johnson. He then moved his family to Ragan, where he worked for Mert Johnson, eventually retiring in Ragan. After retirement he continued to work part time for many area farmers.

He thoroughly enjoyed roping and riding horses, hunting with his coyote dogs, fishing, and being with his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Myrtle of Ragan; five children, Virgil (Phyllis) of Dunning, Randy (Vonnie) of Ragan, Lura “Mae” Ellis of Holbrook, Neb., Charlie Smith of Shelton, Neb., and Tim (Brenda) Smith of Ragan; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; three brothers; three sisters; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Georgia, Iris, Wilma and Wanda; two brothers, Kenneth and Stanley; two brothers-in-law; two sisters-in-law; and two grandsons.

Frank Crooker, 78, of Ragan, Neb., died Jan. 20, 2011, at the Christian Homes Care Community in Holdrege.

He was born Dec. 12, 1932, in Kasapaugh, Neb., the fifth of thirteen children of Claude and Alta (Anderson) Crooker. He then attended school through the eighth grade until he was needed to help his family make a living.

He entered the United States Army in 1953 and was stationed at Fort Leonardwood, Mo. In 1956, he was sent to Korea and later received his honorable discharge in 1957.

On July 31, 1957 he married Myrtle Ledbetter and to this union three children were born: Virgil, Randy and Lura Mae. Later he adopted and raised his two nephews: Tim and Charlie Smith.

The family made their home in the Sandhills area around Dunning, Neb., where he was employed for Max Thompson. After 13 years the family moved to Loomis, Neb., where he farmed for Lauren Johnson. He then moved his family to Ragan, where he worked for Mert Johnson, eventually retiring in Ragan. After retirement he continued to work part time for many area farmers.

He thoroughly enjoyed roping and riding horses, hunting with his coyote dogs, fishing, and being with his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Myrtle of Ragan; five children, Virgil (Phyllis) of Dunning, Randy (Vonnie) of Ragan, Lura “Mae” Ellis of Holbrook, Neb., Charlie Smith of Shelton, Neb., and Tim (Brenda) Smith of Ragan; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; three brothers; three sisters; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Georgia, Iris, Wilma and Wanda; two brothers, Kenneth and Stanley; two brothers-in-law; two sisters-in-law; and two grandsons.

Frank Crooker, 78, of Ragan, Neb., died Jan. 20, 2011, at the Christian Homes Care Community in Holdrege.

He was born Dec. 12, 1932, in Kasapaugh, Neb., the fifth of thirteen children of Claude and Alta (Anderson) Crooker. He then attended school through the eighth grade until he was needed to help his family make a living.

He entered the United States Army in 1953 and was stationed at Fort Leonardwood, Mo. In 1956, he was sent to Korea and later received his honorable discharge in 1957.

On July 31, 1957 he married Myrtle Ledbetter and to this union three children were born: Virgil, Randy and Lura Mae. Later he adopted and raised his two nephews: Tim and Charlie Smith.

The family made their home in the Sandhills area around Dunning, Neb., where he was employed for Max Thompson. After 13 years the family moved to Loomis, Neb., where he farmed for Lauren Johnson. He then moved his family to Ragan, where he worked for Mert Johnson, eventually retiring in Ragan. After retirement he continued to work part time for many area farmers.

He thoroughly enjoyed roping and riding horses, hunting with his coyote dogs, fishing, and being with his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Myrtle of Ragan; five children, Virgil (Phyllis) of Dunning, Randy (Vonnie) of Ragan, Lura “Mae” Ellis of Holbrook, Neb., Charlie Smith of Shelton, Neb., and Tim (Brenda) Smith of Ragan; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; three brothers; three sisters; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Georgia, Iris, Wilma and Wanda; two brothers, Kenneth and Stanley; two brothers-in-law; two sisters-in-law; and two grandsons.

Frank Crooker, 78, of Ragan, Neb., died Jan. 20, 2011, at the Christian Homes Care Community in Holdrege.

He was born Dec. 12, 1932, in Kasapaugh, Neb., the fifth of thirteen children of Claude and Alta (Anderson) Crooker. He then attended school through the eighth grade until he was needed to help his family make a living.

He entered the United States Army in 1953 and was stationed at Fort Leonardwood, Mo. In 1956, he was sent to Korea and later received his honorable discharge in 1957.

On July 31, 1957 he married Myrtle Ledbetter and to this union three children were born: Virgil, Randy and Lura Mae. Later he adopted and raised his two nephews: Tim and Charlie Smith.

The family made their home in the Sandhills area around Dunning, Neb., where he was employed for Max Thompson. After 13 years the family moved to Loomis, Neb., where he farmed for Lauren Johnson. He then moved his family to Ragan, where he worked for Mert Johnson, eventually retiring in Ragan. After retirement he continued to work part time for many area farmers.

He thoroughly enjoyed roping and riding horses, hunting with his coyote dogs, fishing, and being with his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Myrtle of Ragan; five children, Virgil (Phyllis) of Dunning, Randy (Vonnie) of Ragan, Lura “Mae” Ellis of Holbrook, Neb., Charlie Smith of Shelton, Neb., and Tim (Brenda) Smith of Ragan; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; three brothers; three sisters; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Georgia, Iris, Wilma and Wanda; two brothers, Kenneth and Stanley; two brothers-in-law; two sisters-in-law; and two grandsons.

Frank Crooker, 78, of Ragan, Neb., died Jan. 20, 2011, at the Christian Homes Care Community in Holdrege.

He was born Dec. 12, 1932, in Kasapaugh, Neb., the fifth of thirteen children of Claude and Alta (Anderson) Crooker. He then attended school through the eighth grade until he was needed to help his family make a living.

He entered the United States Army in 1953 and was stationed at Fort Leonardwood, Mo. In 1956, he was sent to Korea and later received his honorable discharge in 1957.

On July 31, 1957 he married Myrtle Ledbetter and to this union three children were born: Virgil, Randy and Lura Mae. Later he adopted and raised his two nephews: Tim and Charlie Smith.

The family made their home in the Sandhills area around Dunning, Neb., where he was employed for Max Thompson. After 13 years the family moved to Loomis, Neb., where he farmed for Lauren Johnson. He then moved his family to Ragan, where he worked for Mert Johnson, eventually retiring in Ragan. After retirement he continued to work part time for many area farmers.

He thoroughly enjoyed roping and riding horses, hunting with his coyote dogs, fishing, and being with his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Myrtle of Ragan; five children, Virgil (Phyllis) of Dunning, Randy (Vonnie) of Ragan, Lura “Mae” Ellis of Holbrook, Neb., Charlie Smith of Shelton, Neb., and Tim (Brenda) Smith of Ragan; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; three brothers; three sisters; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Georgia, Iris, Wilma and Wanda; two brothers, Kenneth and Stanley; two brothers-in-law; two sisters-in-law; and two grandsons.


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