Dec 11, 2019 4:21 PM

Forrest E. Frazey

Posted Dec 11, 2019 4:21 PM
Forrest Edward Frazey
Forrest Edward Frazey

Forrest Edward Frazey passed away on Dec. 9, 2019 at the Sheridan County Health Complex in Hoxie at the age of 97.

He was born Oct. 23, 1922 in Dresden, Kansas to the late Joseph and Troy (Carr) Frazey. He grew up in Dresden and the Hoxie area. He attended Sheridan Community High School graduating with the Class of 1941.

On July 26 1942, he was united in marriage to Lillian Florence Morgan. He worked for Sheridan County as a heavy equipment operator.

During World War II, he served in the 1276th Engineering Combat Battalion in Germany and France participating in “D” Day going ashore at Omaha Beach. He spent 22 months in Europe visiting eight countries. He returned home and continued work as a heavy equipment operator.

Forrest was a hardworking man and was always concerned about providing for his family. Due to his vocation, he worked away from home leaving early on Monday mornings and returning late Friday evenings. He still found time to take Gary hunting and fishing and to watch his grandchildren grow.

In his later years, he enjoyed bird watching with Lillian. Forrest was an avid reader. He had checked out every western and mystery book from the library, and they would call him when they received a new book.

Forrest is survived by sons, Lynn Frazey and his wife Sandra of Palm Coast, Fla., Gary Frazey and his wife Carole of Owasso, Okla.; daughter, Clara Lou Spillman and her husband Dennis of Hoxie; daughter-in-law, Linda (Winter) Frazey of Hoxie; sisters-in-law, Edith Frazey and Doris Bunting. They have 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lillian; son Tim Frazey of Hoxie; parents, Joseph and Troy Frazey; sisters, Ramona Frazey, Bertha Leister and Rose Carder; and brothers Warren and Zane Frazey.

A funeral service is planned for 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 12,2019 at the Hoxie United Methodist Church.

Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m.  Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019 at Mickey-Leopold Funeral Home, Hoxie.

Family suggests memorials to Sheridan County Health Complex LTC and may be mailed to Mickey-Leopold Funeral Home, PO Box 987, Hoxie, KS 67740.

Words of comfort may be left at

Forrest’s most famous quote while talking to Dylan Rietcheck was "and then there was “D” Day ... and that was a real bitch."

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John Howard Cranston

John H. Cranston, 94, of Colby, Kansas, passed away on Monday, December 9, 2019 at Citizens Medical Center in Colby, Kansas. He was born on November 7, 1925 in rural Bazine, Kansas during a snow storm. He always told people it took three days for the doctor to make it through the snow to their rural farm.

He was the son of Thomas & Elva (Delaney) Cranston. He attended a small one room school in rural Ness County, Kansas from 1st through 8th grade. John graduated from Bazine High School in 1943 & enlisted in the United States Army in 1944. After his military service he moved to California & became a journeyman machinist with the Caterpillar Company. There in the San Francisco bay area he met his future wife Marjorie.

On May 20, 1950 he married Marjorie Blanc in Reno, Nevada. They were blessed with two daughters, Deborah & Linda.

In 1959 John moved back to Kansas where he started his own custom harvesting business. After 35 years as a custom harvester he decided to retire from his custom harvesting route. However, custom harvest for people close to home, farm for relatives, mechanic, raise cattle & drive cattle trucks for many years thereafter. John did not like to be idle for long. He always had something that needed fixed or mended on his small farm by Levant, KS. He named his little farm “Oleo Acres” which when asked about the name he would explain that he chose that name because it was a “cheaper spread”.

After his wife passed away in 2004, his constant companion for the last 14 years has been his little dog Sally. They went everywhere together. John & Sally enjoyed their weekly trips to the Colby Sale Barn to watch the livestock sell & talk to everyone there. They also enjoyed their weekly trips to the grocery store, Orscheln’s & Palace Drug Store as well as other businesses in Colby.

John enjoyed visits from his eight grandchildren & great grandchildren. He had a basket of toys that the younger great grandchildren would drag out & play with each time they came to visit. He always had a dish of candy to share with them as well. He enjoyed humorous greeting cards from his grandchildren & would proudly display them near his recliner for all to see.

John was preceded in death by his parents; wife Marjorie; brothers Harold, Rex & Lester & sister Evelyn Duncan.

He is survived by his two daughters Deborah (Richard) Robinson, of Hill City, KS; Linda (David) Pabst, of Colby, KS, sister, Ruth Cranston, San Pablo, CA; Sister-in-law Shirley Cranston, Colby his eight grandchildren: Melissa (Todd) Stramel, Colby, KS; Christy (Richard) Acheson, Windsor, CO; Ryan (Amy) Robinson, Lindsborg, KS; Julie (Mike) Zybko, Shawnee, KS; Kyle (Kendra) Robinson, Asheville, NC; Wyatt (Baley) Robinson, Kansas City, MO; Marie (Brad) Skolout, Levant, KS & Karen(Toby) George, Haslet, TX & twenty great-grandchildren.

Visitation is from 5-7:00 PM Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019 at Baalmann Mortuary, Colby, KS. Funeral service is 10:30 AM Friday, December 13, 2019 at the Mortuary with burial in Beulah Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the American Legion, sent in care of Baalmann Mortuary, PO Box 391, Colby, KS 67701. For information or condolences visit