Saturday, March 24, 2007

Cragun Obituaries in Wichita Kansas

Found a couple of Cragun obituaries in Wichita Kansas, published by the Midwest Historical and Genealogical Society.
Charles E. Cragun 17 Mar 1983
Ferne E. Cragun 25 Oct 1983

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Craguns in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Albuquerque

This Cragun is in the Mount Calvary Cemetery, Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico, as researched by Cheryl Harris.

Cragun, John M, b. 1933, d. 1991, Sec. Crypts-south, Row 10

Craguns in Pack River Cemetery, Idaho

Found these Craguns in the Pack River Cemetery (Oden Cemetery), Bonner County, Idaho. Location: Lat: 48°22'03"N, Lon: 116°26'22"W.

Cragun, Gary W, b. 04-07-1953, d. 10-29-1994, s/p Harry
Cragun, Harry S, b. 11-05-1912, d. 05-13-2000, s/s Lois
Cragun, Lois Zelma, b. 11-05-1911, d. 09-26-1999, s/s Harry

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Betty Jo Cragun Valdez Wold Obituary (2004)

Here is the obituary for Betty Jo Cragun Valdez Wold, originally published in the Deseret News, Sept 10, 2004.

1939 ~ 2004

SURPRISE, AZ - Our beloved mother, grandmother, sister and friend Betty Jo Wold, 65, passed away in Surprise, AZ on Sept 6, 2004. She was a long time resident of N. Salt Lake.

Betty was born March 31, 1939 in Orem, Utah to Edmund and Genevieve Cragun. She was the fourth child of eight.

Betty Jo married, Richard Valdez (later divorced) and they had four children, Rick, Rex (deceased), Sandy (Doug) Simacek and Rusty (Diane). She has 10 grandchildren, Rochelle Valdez, Ryan Valdez, Nathan Valdez, Lynda Rae Lipatas, Roxanne Cook, Melissa Cook, Mathew Cook, Reese Valdez, Shane Valdez and Rachel Valdez. She was very close and loved her children and grandchildren very much. She will be missed dearly.

Betty Jo later married John Wold who preceded her in death. She dearly loved his five children, Bill, John, Marianne, Harma and Robby.

Memorial service will be held Saturday September 11, 2004 at 3:00 p.m. at Russon Brothers Mortuary, 295 North Main Street, Bountiful Utah. Family and friends may visit with the family from 2:00-3:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Arthritis Foundation, 448 E. 400 S. #103, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, 801-536-0990 in memory of Betty Jo Wold.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Mildred Louise Crowe Cragun - Obituary 2003

Here is the obituary for Mildred Louise Crowe Cragun, published in the Deseret News on Feb 26, 2003.

12/20/12 ~ 2/18/03

Mildred Louise Crowe Cragun, age 90, of Washington, died February 18, 2003, in Ridgefield, Washington. She was born December 20, 1912 in Ladoga, Indiana to Frank and Julia Mangus Crowe. She moved to Utah in early in the 1940's and lived most of her life here. She married Edmund Cragun, he preceded her in death in 1980.

She enjoyed traveling, and went everywhere. She loved New Zealand, and had been on two round-the-world cruises.

She is survived by six children: Virginia Twitchell of American Fork, UT; Judith Duane of Phoenix, AZ; "Kitty" Jeanette Durfey of Bluffdale, UT; James H. Duane of Victor, Idaho; William G. Price of American Fork, UT; Thomas Duane of Vancouver, WA; one sister, Irene Hester of Ladoga, IN; one brother, LaVern Hart of Crawfordsville, IN; stepchildren, Grant and Joan Cragun of Mapelton; Betty Wold of Surprise, AZ; Jim and Carlynn LeBreton of Taylorsville; Ellen Kendall of Springville; Art and Dixie Cragun of Syracuse; Phile and Velnie Bradley of Layton; Bea Cragun of Eagle Mountain; and Floyd and Nyla Sundquist of Orem; and numerous grandchildren and great- grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 27, 2003, at 2:00 p.m., in the Berg Drawing Room Chapel, 185 East Center Street, Provo. Friends may call one hour prior to services. Interment, Springville Evergreen Cemetery.

Sunday, March 4, 2007

Craguns in Social Security Death Index (2001-2006)

These are Craguns in the Social Security Death Index between 2001 and 2006, as listed by
CRAGUN, ALICE M Jul 09, 1919 Jul 14, 2002
Last residence: 78247 (San Antonio, Bexar, TX)
CRAGUN, AUDREY E Feb 24, 1917 Sep 01, 2002
Last residence: 98903 (Yakima, Yakima, WA)
CRAGUN, CHARLES R Nov 12, 1940 Oct 07, 2001
Last residence: 84414 (Ogden, Weber, UT)
CRAGUN, DAVID C. Oct 02, 1974 Mar 20, 2006
Last residence: (72)
CRAGUN, EARL B. Jan 24, 1909 May 06, 2006
Last residence: 84414 (Ogden, Weber, UT)
CRAGUN, GINNIE P. May 13, 1959 Apr 30, 2006
Last residence: 84015 (Clearfield, Davis, UT)
CRAGUN, GLADYS A Apr 01, 1912 Jul 14, 2003
Last residence: 84015 (Clearfield, Davis, UT)
CRAGUN, GRACE W May 07, 1921 Jan 17, 2004
Last residence: (72)
CRAGUN, HENRY D May 16, 1930 Jun 06, 2002
Last residence: 84043 (Lehi, Utah, UT)
CRAGUN, HORACE A Sep 21, 1911 Jul 03, 2001
Last residence: 14092 (Lewiston, Niagara, NY)
CRAGUN, JANET M. Dec 07, 1915 Oct 04, 2006
Last residence: 94550 (Livermore, Alameda, CA)
CRAGUN, JAY H Jun 22, 1916 Nov 26, 2004
Last residence: 84404 (Ogden, Weber, UT)
Last benefit: 84404 (Ogden, Weber, UT)
CRAGUN, LEANN Sep 02, 1946 Jan 10, 2007
Last residence: ( )
CRAGUN, LORRAINE A Jun 18, 1939 Jul 13, 2002
Last residence: 46933 (Gas City, Grant, IN)
CRAGUN, MARY V Feb 25, 1927 Oct 04, 2002
Last residence: 96822 (Honolulu, Honolulu, HI)
CRAGUN, MILDRED Dec 20, 1912 Feb 18, 2003
Last residence: 98662 (Vancouver, Clark, WA)
CRAGUN, MILDRED R Nov 05, 1907 Jun 01, 2001
Last residence: 84414 (Ogden, Weber, UT)
CRAGUN, MOREY A Nov 12, 1946 Nov 10, 2004
Last residence: (72)
CRAGUN, MURL O. Jul 07, 1918 May 24, 2006
Last residence: 46052 (Lebanon, Boone, IN)
CRAGUN, MYRTLE E. Jan 04, 1909 Mar 13, 2006
Last residence: 95822 (Sacramento, Sacramento, CA)
CRAGUN, MYRTLE N. Jul 13, 1921 Sep 05, 2006
Last residence: 98394 (Vaughn, Pierce, WA)
CRAGUN, PEGGY J. Oct 04, 1937 Dec 04, 2006
Last residence: 46933 (Gas City, Grant, IN)
Last benefit: 46933 (Gas City, Grant, IN)
CRAGUN, SAMANTHA D. Dec 21, 1985 Jun 23, 2006
Last residence: 37086 (La Vergne, Rutherford, TN)
CRAGUN, SHAYLEE Apr 13, 2001 May 27, 2002
Last residence: (72)
CRAGUN, WELDON B Jun 30, 1915 Nov 14, 2004
Last residence: 84414 (Ogden, Weber, UT)
CRAGUN, WILLIAM A. Apr 28, 1944 Aug 01, 2005
Last residence: (72)

Thursday, March 1, 2007

LeAnn Cragun Obituary (2007)

This is the obituary for LeAnn Cragun of Washington, published in the Washington Post, January 16, 2007.

LeAnn Cragun, 60, a college teacher and administrator, died of metastatic cancer Jan. 10 at her home in Washington.

Beginning in 1984, Ms. Cragun taught for the overseas division of the University of Maryland's University College, in Germany, Belgium and Italy, before accepting an administrative job in Heidelberg, Germany. In 1988, she transferred to London to direct the school's programs in England and Iceland. She returned to the United States in 1990.

She rejoined the UMUC program in Asia in 1993 and taught in Japan and Okinawa before returning to the Washington area.

Ms. Cragun worked briefly as a contract employee with the Army's higher education program office and was at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists flew an airliner into the building. She was on the opposite side of the structure and escaped injury.

Born in Ogden, Utah, she attended Weber State College there and graduated from the University of Hawaii, where she also received her master's degree in 1976 and her doctorate in 1982, both in American studies. She spent the next year as a Fulbright scholar, teaching at the University of Coimbra in Portugal.

While living in London, Ms. Cragun became a skydiver. She pursued her hobby wherever she lived, including making several jumps from the Orange County airport in Virginia.

Survivors include her husband of 34 years, Air Force Col. Paul C. Phillips; four stepchildren, Patrick Phillips of Washington, Robin Phillips of Phoenix, Kelley Phillips of Kauai, Hawaii, and Moshe Obernstein of San Francisco; two brothers; two sisters; and eight grandchildren.

LeAnn Cragun apparently gained notoriety in Hawaii in the 1970s, as cited in the Honolulu Advisor on January 27, 2007
LEANN CRAGUN, 60, died Jan. 10, 2007. Born in Ogden, Utah. An activist in the feminist movement in Hawai'i in the 1970s; challenged a Hawai'i law that required a woman to take her husband's last name when she married, leading to a change in the law to allow Island married women to retain their birth names. Survived by husband, Paul Phillips; two brothers and two sisters. Service held in Washington, D.C.

Cragun Obituary Fragments

Ha! I'm too cheap to pay the fees for these, but the notice leave clues as to dates, and a reference to the newspaper published.

"David Calvin Cragun 10/2/1974 ~ 3/20/2006 We miss you everyday. Love, Mom & Dad, Laynie, Cari, & Rob ... "
Published in the Salt Lake Tribune on 10/2/2006.
Published in the Deseret News on 10/2/2006.

"David Calvin Cragun 1974 ~ 2006 David Calvin Cragun, beloved son, brother, uncle, nephew and friend, passed away unexpectedly March 20, 2006 at his ..."
Published in the Salt Lake Tribune from 3/23/2006 - 3/24/2006.
Published in the Deseret News from 3/23/2006 - 3/24/2006.

"Ginnie D. Cragun 1959 ~ 2006 CLEARFIELD - Early April 30, 2006, Ginnie Cragun passed peacefully in her sleep after a long battle with ..."
Published in the Salt Lake Tribune from 5/2/2006 - 5/3/2006.

"Horace A. Cragun - Of Lewiston, NY, July 3, 2001, age 89, husband of Sylvia (Arend) Cragun of Lewiston and the late Myrtle (Lawson) Cragun; father of Gary ..."
Published in the Buffalo News on 7/4/2001.

Obituary for Louise Clousing Cragun 2006

The following is the obituary of Louise Clousing Cragun, 2006, originally published in the Star Tribune 6/27/2006, and the Pioneer Press 6/27/2006. Archived at

Louise Cragun was born November 1, 1909 to Dutch Immigrants Louis and Carrie Clousing in Minneapolis. She was the 4th of siblings, Josephine, Lawrence & Cornelia, all of whom also graduated from Minneapolis Central High School and the U of Minn. and all have predeceased her. Louise's greatest achievements and loves were at the "U", where she met her future husband, Merrill Cragun. They started attending Gopher football & basketball games in 1928 until several thousand contests later her health in 1992 required her to watch Gopher contests on TV with her son, pompoms in hand, singing "Minnesota hail to thee." While at the University she joined Delta Zeta Sorority, and also because of her many campus activities marched at the head of the senior class with Merrill. They were married in June 1931, and moved to Luverne, Minn. After the birth of her son, Merrill Jr., March 21, 1932, the Craguns moved back to Minneapolis where Louise accepted a position with the Minneapolis Department of Public Welfare. Daughter Patricia was born May 10, 1938, and lived with the Craguns at 75 Orlin Ave S. E. until she passed away in 1981. The Craguns copywrited "Paul Bunyan" and spent the years of 1934 to 1939 promoting the "Paul Bunyan Playground" with booklets, postcards, games and products, to resorts and cities in central & northern Minn. resulting in Brainerd's Paul Bunyan celebrations in 1936 & 1937. In 1940 Louise partnered with Merrill to buy property on Gull Lake near Brainerd to commence building Cragun's first 6 cabins, opening for business in 1941. World War II required Louise and father-in-law Virgil to operate the resort while her husband ran Quien Press in St. Paul, commuting weekends by bus, and train to Brainerd. After the war Louise and Merrill accelerated their commitment to Minnesota tourism, and the growth of Cragun's Resort continuing as long as health permitted. She was very active in The First Christian Church in Mpls, singing with Merrill in the choir, with Travelers Aid in Mpls, Republican Precinct Chairperson and the Minneapolis branch of the AAUW, writers group. Deeply involved in the Prospect Park Study club with her sister Cornelia, Louise led the fight to preserve the "Witches Hat" water tower in Prospect Park, bordering University Ave, S.E. from planned destruction. Visible from Louise's home, the two Dutch daughters always considered the tower a landmark for the neighborhood, and a monument to their father, Louis Clousing, Mpls Chief Building Inspector, who earlier helped with the design. Upon retirement of her husband, as Director of the Continuing Education Center at the "U" they travelled widely . After the death of her husband in January of 1986 she continued travels with her friends, and relatives, including trips to Moscow, Tokyo, Stutttgart and Berlin to enjoy ballet performances by her world famous nephew, Richard Cragun. Until age 85 she also frequently drove friends from Mpls. to enjoy her beloved Cragun's Resort. Thereafter, as her health declined, she ultimately became a resident of Woodland Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd, where she received loving care from Irma and Dutch Cragun and the dedicated staff until her passing on June 23, 2006. A celebration of her life and achievements will be held at Cragun's Resort in Brainerd commencing at 12:00 pm Friday, June 30th. The Memorial Gathering will be conducted by cousin, Reverend Rodger Cragun of Duluth with lunch following; all friends and relatives are cordially invited. In lieu of flowers, any memorial gifts should be sent to First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 2201 First Ave S. Mpls, MN 55404. Arrangements have been made by Brenny Funeral Home, Brainerd, Minn.
Published in the Star Tribune from 6/27/2006 - 6/28/2006.

Obituary for Myrtle E. (Ketchum) Cragun

The following is the obituary for Myrtle E. (Ketchum) Cragun published in the Sacramento Bee on 5/10/2006. It is archived by

CRAGUN, Myrtle E. (Ketchum)
Born on January 4, 1909 in Newark, NJ, she died on March 13, in Sacramento, after a stroke. She was married for 53 years to Marvin W. Cragun, City College librarian who died in 1984. She is survived by three sons: Lawrence, Richard, and Robert. She had three grandchildren: Kevin, Darryl, and Anthony; and two great-grandchildren: Spencer and Cameron. Also surviving are her sister-in-law, Louise Clousing Cragun, and her nephews: Dutch Cragun, Milton and Howard Farney. She grew up in Groton, New York, and came to Santa Ana, California in 1924. She attended the University of California Southern Branch, which became UCLA during her senior year. As a certificated English teacher, she taught briefly at Oxnard High School and at Whitman College in Washington. For eight years, she was the executive secretary of the Sacramento Teachers Credit Union. She made many sacrifices for her family. When one son had to stay in San Francisco for a series of operations and a recovery lasting many months, she moved into a boarding house nearby to provide daily comfort and support. When another son, left high school early to attend the Royal School of Ballet in London, and then became a world-famous ballet soloist in Stuttgart, Germany, she arranged frequent visits and supported him in a truly difficult profession. Another son chose the Peace Corps and was assigned to teach in the Philippines. In his third year, he and a local co-teacher decided to marry. Myrtle had never traveled that far alone before, but she wanted to witness the ceremony and to meet her new in-laws. It was a courageous decision. Since that trip to the Philippines, she has become a world traveler: Asia, Europe, Russia, and the Americas. In her nineties, she learned how to use a computer. She was excited to travel on the internet and to send emails around the world. Her philosophy is best expressed in the poem Thanatopsis by William Cullen Bryant: "So live that when thy summons comes to join that innumerable caravan which slowly wends its way through the silent halls of death, thou go not like the quarry slave at night, scourged to his dungeon, but sustained and soothed by an unfaltering trust, like one who wraps the drapery of his couch about him and lies down to pleasant dreams." In keeping with her wishes, there was no funeral. Remembrances may be sent to the Sacramento City College Foundation Scholarship in her name.
Published in the Sacramento Bee on 5/10/2006.

Cragun Obituaries in Lebanon Indiana 1985-2005

These are obituaries with the last name Cragun, found in an Obituary Database at the Lebanon Indiana Library. It says, "Obituary Database for 1985 to 2005 complied at the Lebanon Library by the staff and volunteers in the Heritage Room. Databases merged by staff at Thorntown Public Library’s Guinn Local History/Genealogy Room."

Bonetha Jean Cragun, 29 JUL 2000
Carl B. Cragun, 14 JAN 1995
Deleda Naomi Cragun, 03 MAR 1987
Effie Idella Cragun, 17 MAR 1997
Eleanor M. Cragun, 16 MAR 1999
Fred E. Cragun, 31 JUL 1999
Hiram M. Cragun, 29 JAN 1994
Lloyd George Cragun, 25 NOV 1997
Mabel M. Cragun, 09 DEC 1987
Virgil Ernest Cragun, 02 FEB 1998
Wayne D. Cragun, 12 AUG 1999

Hiram Cragun Family Bible - Boone Co., Indiana

This is information from the family bible belonging to Hiram Cragun, son of Omer Cragun (b. Nov 1886, d. 1956, Whitestown, Indiana) and Ellen Townston. Thanks to Buster Rogers, a nephew in law of Pearl Pipes, spouse of Hiram, who transcribed and shared the following from the bible:

Huband: Omer M. Cragun
Born: Nov 1886, Boone Co., Indiana
Married: 1911
Died: 1956, Boone Co., Indiana
Buried: Mts. Run Cem., Boone Co., Indiana
Father: Hiram Nelson Cragun
Mother: Melvina

Wife: Ellen Townston
Born: 1881
Died: 1955, Boone Co., Indiana
Buried: Mts. Run Cem., Boone Co., Indiana

Child 1: Hiram M. Cragun
Born: Oct 14, 1912
Died: Jan 29, 1994, Lebanon, Indiana
Married: Oct 14, 1941, Pearl Pipes (b 1921 - d 1982)

Child 2: Cecil Harold Cragun
Born: 1926
Died: 1936, Whitestown, Indiana

Husband: Hiram Nelson Cragun
Born: Aug 6, 1854
Married: 1875 +-
Died: Dec 21, 1921, Boone Co., Indiana
Buried: Mts. Run Cem., Boone Co., Indiana
Father: Hiram Cragun
Mother: Reiter Dooley

Wife: Melvina
Born: March 1855
Buried: Mts. Run Cem., Boone Co., Indiana

Child 1: Lillie Cragun
Born: Nov 1878

Child 2: Lula Cragun
Born: Feb 1881

Child 3: Omer Cragun
Born: Nov 1886
Died: 1956
Married: Ellen Townston

Child 4: Orastus Cragun
Born: Sept 1893

Husband: Hiram Cragun
Born: Dec 8, 1816
Married: July 18, 1842
Died: Mar 2, 1884, Boone Co., Indiana
Buried: Lutheran Cem., Boone Co., Indiana

Wife: Reiter Dooley
Born: July 7, 1826
Died: Apr 27, 1914

Child 1: Mary Ann Cragun
Born: July 18, 1843
Died: Feb 20, 1848

Child 2: Josephine Cragun
Born: May 30, 1845
Died: Nov 1917
Married: Peters

Child 3: Nebuchadnezzar Cragun
Born: Sep 17, 1847
Died: Feb 14, 1883

Child 4: Melvina Cragun
Born: Feb 28, 1850

Child 5: George L. Clemusel Cragun
Born: July 5, 1852

Child 6: Hiram Nelson Cragun
Born: Aug 6, 1854
Died: Dec 21, 1921, Boone Co., Indiana

Child 7: Strange Nulkuniel Cragun (bjc: this may be a transcription error for Nathaniel)
Born: July 24, 1857

Child 8: Lorenzo Don Cragun
Born: Oct 5, 1859

Child 9: Columbus Franklin Cragun
Born: April 5, 1862
Died: Nov 7, 1866

Husband: Hiram Cragun
Born: Oct 14, 1912, Boone Co., Indiana
Married: Oct 14, 1941, Boon Co. Indiana
Occupation: Truck Driver
Residence: Whitestown, Indiana
Died: Jan 29, 1994, Lebanon, Indiana
Buried: Mts. Run Cem., Boone Co., Indiana
Father: Omer Cragun
Mother: Ella Townston

Wife: Lorena Pearl Pipes
Born: Apr 24, 1982, Lebanon, Indiana
Buried: Mts. Run Cem., Boone Co., Indiana
Father: Clarence Austin Pipes
Mother: Cyrena Beatrice Paugh

No Children

NOTES: Mts. Run Cemetery is located at Mts. Run Baptist Church south of State Road 32 on 775 East in Union Township, 4 miles east of Lebanon, Indiana