HOLDREGE — George Rogers Crandall, 99, of Holdrege, formerly of rural Wilcox, died Sunday, June 14, 2020, at Holdrege Memorial Homes in Holdrege.
Graveside services and interment are 10:30 a.m. Friday at Wilcox Cemetery with the Rev. Kathy Doiel officiating. The graveside service for George will be livestreamed at the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home Facebook page.
Due to health concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, current CDC and Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services guidelines for faith-based services will be followed.
The Crandall family sincerely encourages each person to decide whether to attend George’s services based on the best interest of your health and that of your community.
Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Bauer-Torrey & Mach Funeral Home in Wilcox. Per CDC guidelines, the limit will be 10 people in the facility at one time.
George was born on June 10, 1921, at his grandparents’ home in rural Phelps County near Wilcox, the younger of two children, to Bert and Mae (Karschner) Crandall. He attended Wilcox Public School and graduated with the class of 1938.
Following graduation, George attended Nebraska Wesleyan University. He met Ruby Wycoff at Wesleyan in 1939 and on Nov. 2, 1940, they were united in marriage at the Methodist parsonage in Sidney, Iowa. George transferred to Nebraska Ag-College his senior year and rented a farm west of Wilcox, where the couple later moved. This union was blessed with four children: Georgene, Robert, Richard and James.
In 1945, during World War II, George was reclassified 1A and rode the train to Denver with other prospective recruits for a physical. After being rejected due to a heart murmur, George moved his family to Lexington to be near his father-in-law, a doctor. While there, he worked for the Nebraska Extension Service overseeing workers and farmed sugar beets on both sides of the Union Pacific Railroad near Lexington. After two years the family moved back to Wilcox and he resumed farming.
He was the weed supervisor for Phelps County and was appointed adjuster for the Federal Crop Insurance Corp. Program. George also worked for the ASCS Program. In the 1960s, George began working for First National Bank in Wilcox.
In September 2009, following an illness, Ruby moved to Northridge Assisted Living in Kearney, while George remained on the farm. On Nov. 2, 2011, the couple celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary. On May 30, 2012, Ruby preceded George in death.
George enjoyed fishing, spending time with his family, genealogy and carpentry. He enjoyed different building projects including a home for his family at Lexington, miscellaneous projects on the farm, and helping build cabins at Johnson Lake. In 1993, the family received the Aksarben Pioneer Farm Award.
He was a member of the Wilcox United Methodist Church, the Wilcox Lions Club, and the Grange, which met at Sacramento; and was active with Farm Bureau and the Boy Scouts, as scoutmaster.
Survivors include his four children: a daughter, Georgene Smidt and her husband, Dale, of Wood River; three sons, Bob Crandall of rural Overton, Dick Crandall and his wife, Lani, of Alpine, Calif., and Jim Crandall and his wife, Leslie, of rural Holdrege; seven grandchildren, Brent Crandall and his wife, Becky, of Overton, Andi McLey and her husband, Craig, of Hastings, Teresa Smidt of Virginia, Stephanie Seng and her husband, Chris, of Fort Collins, Colo., Alisa Williams and her husband, Cameron, of Alpine, Darcy Boyer and her husband, Chad, of Omaha and Julie Boyle and her husband, Logan, of Correctionville, Iowa; grandson-in-law, Kyle Webster of Chicago; 22 great-grandchildren, including newest great-grandson, Gentry George Boyle; one great-great-granddaughter, Scarlett Crandall; an exchange grandson, Christophe Briquet of Clarafond-Archine, France, along with many extended family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ruby Crandall; a granddaughter, Lori (Smidt) Webster; and sister, Mary Pauline Brueggeman and her husbands, Morley Braye and John Brueggeman.
A memorial has been established in George’s honor, and kindly suggested to the Wilcox United Methodist Church or the Wilcox Community Foundation.
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