Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sunday's Obituary - Frank R. Vestal

Tonight's obituary post is a two-for-one deal.  I have 2 obituaries for my great-grandfather, Frank R. Vestal.

What I know about my great grandfather:

Frank R. Vestal was born on Feb. 1, 1904 in Longton, Elk, Kansas.  He married my great-grandmother, Ruby Irene VanRoyen on August 3, 1923.  Together they had 3 children, but only 2 survived.  One of their sons only lived 5 days. Ruby died in May 1929.  He remarried to Eleanor Marie Baker on Feb. 2, 1931 also in Longton, Kansas.  They had 4 children, however one died at birth.  According to Census records, he lived in Elk County, Kansas all but the last 10 years or so of his life before dying on January 23, 1972 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, and a brief residence in Chautauqua County, Kansas between 1920 and 1930.  Below are two obituaries I have for him.

Transcription for the above obituary:


DODGE CITY, Kan - Services for Frank R. Vestal, 67, employe of Ford County Highway Department, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Hulpiett-Swaim Funeral Home. Burial will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Longton (Kan.) Cemetery. He died Sunday. 

Born at Longton, he came to Dodge City about 10 years ago.

Survivors include his widow, Marie; three sons, Francis E., Salina. Kan., Ralph Jr., Dodge City, and Gary R., Denver; two daughters, Mrs. Chet Harris, Amarillo, Tex., and Mrs. Wilbur Persinger, Longton, and two brothers, Nathan and Garrett, and a sister, Mrs. Frank Kimzey, all of Longton.

Transcription of the above obituary:

Frank R. Vestal

Frank R. Vestal, 66, of the Prairie Village trailer court, died Sunday evening in Trinity Hospital, after a very brief illness. He was born Feb. 1, 1904, at Longton, in Elk county, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Hilary Vestal.

Mr. Vestal grew up in Elk county and lived there, where he was a farmer and stockman, until about 10 years ago. He and Miss Marie Baker were married Feb. 2, 1931, at Longton.

They moved to Dodge City about 10 years ago. Here, Mr. Vestal was employed by the county highway department.

He was a member of th Dodge City First Christian Church and of the Masonic Lodge of Elk Falls.

Survivors include the widow; three sons, Francis of Salina, Ralph Jr. of Dodge City and Gary R. of Denver, Colo.; two daughters, Mrs. Chet (Lois) Harris of Amarillo, Tex., and Mrs. Wilbur (Marjorie) Persinger of Longton; two brothers, Nathan and Garrett, and a sister, Mrs. Frank Kimsey, all of Longton; 14 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

The Funeral has been set for 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Hulpiet-Swaim Funeral Home chapel with Sheldon Thomas, minister, officiating. Burial with Masonic graveside rites, will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Longton cemetery.


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