Verle E. Crafton, 87, Rowan, died Oct. 13, 2020 at the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond.
Services were held Oct 16 at Ewing Funeral Home in Belmond, with Pastor Nancy Hofmeister officiating. Burial was at Graceland Cemetery near Rowan.
Verle Edward, the son of George and Lois (Steffens) Crafton, was born Jan. 23, 1933 in Rowan. He attended school in Rowan and graduated with the Class of 1951.
During his senior year, Verle enlisted in the United States National Guard and respectfully served until 1971 when he retired as a major. He also worked for Maytag for over 30 years before opening his own small engine repair shop.
He was united in marriage to Patricia Ketchum in 1952 at Rowan. The couple bought his family farm where they raised their four children. Later they built their dream home on the land, and Verle contributed much of the labor.
Family was very important to Verle. He had a special bond with his grandparents, loved to pass on his knowledge and guidance to his children, and had special nicknames for everyone. His favorite hobby was family genealogy. He took many trips with family doing research, even taking one to London, England. He wrote and published a book, “The History of Horse Grove.”
He was a long-time member of the school board and was a past president. Verle enjoyed flying and had a private pilot’s license. He also enjoyed snowmobiling.
He was preceded in death by his parents; children Randall, Barbara and James; and sister Mary Ann Rogers.
Verle is survived by his wife of 68 years, Pat of Rowan; daughter DeAnn (Greg) Crafton of Rowan; daughters-in-law Jolene Crafton and JoAnn Crafton; grandchildren Jennifer (Steve) Scott, Adam (Jennifer) Cross, Jason (Amber) Crafton and Matthew Crafton; brothers Donald (Shirley) Crafton, Harry (Faye) Hall and David (Joann) Hall; and brother-in-law Gene Ketchum.