Francis Wesley Crockett


July 8, 1915 - July 28, 2009




Francis Wesley Crockett was born July 8, 1915 on the family farm southwest of Mount Vernon, SD to Edward and Bertha (Zeal) Crockett. He completed the eighth grade attending country school and then began farming with his father.  On April 1, 1945 he married Evelyn Hawkins. They continued to farm until he retired in 1977 and moved to Plankinton. He was also a Golden Harvest Seed Dealer for many years. In 2003 he moved to the Stickney Manor in Stickney and then to the Crystal Manor in Mitchell in 2004. He was a 4-H leader for many years and at the age of sixteen was awarded 4-H Health Champion. He was awarded the Friend of 4-H and the Jefferson Award for community service. He enjoyed fishing, camping, sight-seeing and spending time with family.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; two daughters, Norma Clark of Stickney and Vicky Gerlach and husband, Douglas of Mount Vernon; five grandchildren, Todd Clark of Stickney, Travis Clark and wife, Kristie of Stickney, Scott Gerlach and wife, Nicole of Mitchell, Chipp Gerlach and wife, Natalie of Mount Vernon, Angie Boetel and husband, Scott of Huron; nine great-grandchildren; one sister, Elaine Rogers of Sioux Falls; one brother-in-law, Myron Hawkins of Sioux Falls and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one son-in-law, Merle Clark, one brother-in-law, Donald Rogers and one sister-in-law, Joyce Hawkins.




Thursday, July 30, 2009
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Friday, July 31, 2009
2:00 PM
First Reformed Church
516 West 14th
Mitchell, South Dakota


Mizpah Cemetery
Plankinton, South Dakota

Posted by Val & Dawn Luckett on August 4, 2009
We are so sorry of your loss.
always looked forward to buying lambs to visit with everyone.. You are all in our thoughts and prayers during these times.

Our Deepest Sympathy to all
Val, Dawn, Mace, Josh, & Vance Luckett
Wessington Springs, SD
Posted by Dave and Denise Ehlers and family, Newcastle WY on August 1, 2009
We are sorry to hear of our loss. Dave has such great memories of your dad/grandpa during his 4-H years in White Lake. He was such a happy go lucky man. May he rest in peace.
Posted by Lisa Lutz Roth on July 30, 2009
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. I will always remember Francis for the twinkle in his eye and his quick wit! May you find joy in your memories of him and comfort in knowing that he is at eternal peace.
Love to you all- Lisa, Pete and Cooper Roth
Posted by Barbara Bruhn Richardson on July 29, 2009
Francis and Evelyn was the most greatest neighbors that any one could ever had. I remember Francis always happy, kind, and there if you needed help. Evelyn, Vicky, and Norma I know you will miss Francis very deeply but he is in the arms of his Lord. God Bless and Keep you in this time of need.
Posted by Cherri Robertson on July 29, 2009
Uncle Francis was one of the kindest, most humorous people I have ever known. Everyone should have an uncle like that. He will be missed by all
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