John E. Crump 1928 - 2013
John E. Crump was born September 27, 1928 in Hutchinson, Kansas to William E. and Kathryn (Crandall) Crump. He passed away on October 20, 2013 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas.
John attended schools in Hutchinson until 1944 when he moved to Lakin, Kansas and graduated with the Class of 1945 from Lakin High School. He began his college education at the University of Kansas and graduated with his Bachelor of Science from Kansas State University in 1950. John was united in marriage to Mona L. Ratzlaff on October 22, 1950 in Garden City, Kansas. Before beginning his service in the United States Army, John taught briefly in Deerfield, Kansas. He served in the Army from 1950 until 1954 and was stationed in Germany as a Counter-Intelligence Agent. After his discharge he taught school in Lakin for 2 years. He then entered the Foreign Service and worked as a diplomat for the United States government and served in Auckland, New Zealand; Stuttgart, Germany; The Hague, Netherlands; Colorado Springs, Colorado, at the Air Force Academy; Brussels, Belgium; London, England; Tel Aviv, Israel; and two times at the State Department in Washington, D.C. John served his Kansas community as a past President of High Plains Public Radio, Kearny County Hospital Board, Kearny County Soil Conservation Board of Supervisors, Chairman of the Kearny County Democrat Party, Southwind Country Club Board Of Advisors, American Foreign Service Association, Southwest Kansas Royalty Owners Association Board Of Directors, and past President of Western Kansas Community Foundation Board. He was a member of Lakin Christian Church.
His parents and his brother David Crump preceded John in death. He is survived by his wife, Mona; sister Jean (Jon) Fleming of Mineral Point, Wisconsin; sister-in-law Flo Crump, Montezuma, Kansas; brother Robert (Nancy) Crump of Indianapolis, Indiana; brother Richard (Sondra) Crump of Topeka, Kansas; daughter Anne (Mark) Jarboe of Lawrence, Kansas; grand-daughter Kristen (Cordeus) Anderson and a great-grand-daughter of Lawrence, Kansas.
As John requested, his body has been donated to the University of Kansas Medical Center and no services will be held. The family wishes to establish a memorial scholarship in John’s name at the KU School of Education. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to KU Endowment and sent in care of Garnand’s Funeral Home, 412 North 7th Street, Garden City, Kansas 67856 or directly to the KU Endowment Association in John’s name. Condolences may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
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