Vernon W. Cripe 95, of Frankfort, died on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at Wesley Manor Health Care Center in Frankfort. He was born on August 25, 1920 in Ross Township, Clinton County, Indiana to Frank W. & Maude E. (Roth) Cripe. Vernon married Anna May Ruch on August 30, 1941 and she preceded him in death on June 23, 1995. Upon returning from the service he worked at Glover’s Ice Cream for 5 years. He farmed for 31 years prior to working with Prairie Stream Farms selling turkeys and seed corn. Vernon retired from D.E.F./Crows/Channel Seeds at 91 years of age after 20 years of service. He was a lifelong Clinton County resident graduating from Rossville High School in 1940. He was a member of the Rossville Hornet Basketball team. He served is country during W.W. II in the US Army from 1944-1946 obtaining the rank of Corporal. He was a longtime member of St. Luke Church and other memberships included American Legion (Past Commander), 40 & 8 (Chef de Guerre), Moose Lodge #7, Elks Lodge B.P.O.E #560, Mulberry Masonic Lodge #618, Scottish Rite (32 Degree-Valley of Indianapolis), Life Member Eagles Lodge #976 (Golden Eagle), Life Member of Lebanon Elks. Vernon enjoyed his family and grandkids, fishing, mushroom hunting and gardening. He was an avid basketball fan and enjoyed playing cards at the smoke shop.
Visitation and Services
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at the Goodwin Funeral Home. Friends may visit from 4-8 p.m. Monday at the Goodwin Funeral Home. Burial with military honors will follow the service at Green Lawn Memorial Park. Memorial donations may be made to the Good Samaritan Fund at Wesley Manor.
2 Sons: William W. (Wife-Connie) Cripe of Hewitt, TX, Ted A. (Wife-Belinda) Cripe of Frankfort, 2 Grandsons: William Wesley (Wife-Ashley) Cripe II-Texas Andrew Vernon Cripe of Lebanon, 4 Granddaughters: Monica (Husband-Phillip) Odum of Texas, Celeste (Husband-Troy) Burau-Rogers, MN, Cassandra (Husband-Ronnie) Soto of Texas, Christine (Husband-Thomas) Smith of Texas, 12 great grandchildren also survive.
his wife and 2 brothers, Elwood and Kenneth Cripe.