Funeral services for Franklin Francis Crawshaw, 100, Eudora, KS will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, October 26, 2020 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary – Eudora Chapel in Eudora. Graveside services will be at noon at the Silver Lake Cemetery in Silver Lake, KS. Franklin will lie in state from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 25, 2020 at the Warren-McElwain Mortuary- Eudora Chapel. Social distancing will be observed and masks are required. Franklin passed away Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at his home.
Franklin was born on October 9, 1920 in Maple Hill, KS, the son of John Thomas and Bessa Rae (Miller) Crawshaw.
They moved to the Grove community north of Silver Lake, Kansas in 1926. He married Lois Lorene McMickell in Topeka, Kansas in 1946. They were married nearly 73 years at the time of her passing on December 31, 2018.
Franklin farmed in the Silver Lake area until 1960 when the family moved to the Olathe, Kansas area. He farmed and worked at Ler-Son and Company, and Sponce/Skyhook & Company of Olathe and Ottawa, Kansas. He was a community leader for the Pioneer 4-H Club for several years. He was on the Lexington Township Fire Department for 18 years. He served on the Rural Water District #6 board. Franklin was a member of the Olathe Trail Riders Club for many years. He was president of Olathe Trail Riders in the 1970’s. He rode in many Olathe Old Settlers Parades and lead American Royal Parades in downtown Kansas City. Franklin and Lois were members of Cedar Creek Sam’s Camping Club. They spent many winters in Texas. They traveled to all fifty state, many in their fifth-wheel RV. They also traveled to Canada & Mexico.
He was preceded in death by his mother, father, brothers, Clarence Crawshaw, Elmer Crawshaw, Woodrow Crawshaw, Cody Crawshaw, Chester Crawshaw, sisters, Viola Crawshaw, Lula Crawshaw, Rae Bessa Crawshaw Crum, Leila Crawshaw Homan, two grandchildren, Kenneth E. Crawshaw and Sally L. Crawford.
Franklin is survived by his three daughters, Frances L. Crawshaw Whitesell (Ellis Whitesell), Elizabeth Ann Crawshaw Drennan (Elmer Drennan), Linda R.Crawshaw Crawford (Paul Crawford); three sons, Eugene F. Crawshaw (Shirley Musick Crawshaw), Lonnie D. Crawshaw (Jan Hall Crawshaw) and Fred A. Crawshaw; 14 grandchildren: DeeAnn Whitesell Howell (Darin), Tammy Whitesell Gabriel (Phil), Randy Whitesell (Kristi), Brad Drennan (Penny), Mark Drennan (Kasey), Terry Crawshaw (Beth), Betsy Crawford (Ned Day), Tom Crawford (Jacque), Jackie Crawshaw White (Josh), Jayme Crawshaw Schnabel (Kian), Chelsea Crawshaw, Sara Crawshaw Loux (Scott), Jesse Hagen; 19 great-grandchildren, Micheal Howell (Kendrea), Alicia Howell, Cheyenne Stephens Becker, Chris Gabriel, Dakota Whitesell, Jon Lawrence, Taylor Whitesell, Brecken Leeds, Deegan Leeds, Camryn Crawford, Brett Crawford, Abe Crawford, Holly Drennan Shinkle (Zach), Bailey Drennan, Korbin Drennan, Mason Hagen, Matthew Hagen, Khloe Crawshaw, Jack Crawshaw; great-great grandchildren: Jaylen Howell, Madie Howell, Morgan Howell, Matthew Howell, Addison Becker, Josie Becker, Cody Shinkle, Sarah Shinkle, other family; sister-in-law Jane McMickell, Elko, NV and many nieces and nephews, and special friend, Ron Schlem.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Reins of Hope or Skin Cancer Research and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.