Archive for Tuesday, October 4, 1994


October 4, 1994


A plane crash Saturday near Logan, Utah, claimed the life of two people with ties to a famed KU family.

Dr. Walter "Buzz" Ashcraft, brother of Mrs. Odd Williams and a frequent visitor to Lawrence, and his son Clint Ashcraft were flying from Woodland, Calif., to Lander, Wyo., when the engine of the Cessna 210 they were in failed, Cache County Sheriff Sid Groll said in a telephone interview today.

Dr. Ashcraft, who lived in Crystal City, Mo., and his son were the brother and nephew of Jonell Williams, widow of Odd Williams, namesake of the Williams fund. The Williams Educational Fund is the fund-raising branch of the KU athletic department.

The sheriff said the plane went down at about 5 p.m. Saturday in a remote, mountainous area of Cache County, 12 miles northeast of Logan. He said Dr. Ashcraft was attempting to glide the plane into the Logan airport.

The Ashcrafts were the only two people in the plane.

Friends of the family said funeral arrangements were not complete.

The Ashcrafts are survived locally by Luke Ashcraft, a graduate student at KU and Dr. Ashcraft's son.

Dr. Ashcraft graduated in 1959 from Kansas University and received his medical degree from KU in 1964.

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