Victor C. Crafton

            Victor C. Crafton, son of Henry and Lillian Baxter Crafton, was born May 27, 1921, at Texarkana, Texas. He graduated from Egypt, Arkansas High School in 1938, and later received his business degree from Arkansas State College in Jonesboro, Arkansas. He served during World War II with the U.S. Army from 1939 to 1945.

            On January 19, 1943, he was united in marriage with Gussie Maye Rorex. Vic and Gussie moved to Fayette in 1952, where Vic became the bursar at Upper Iowa University and remained in that capacity until retiring in 1987.

            A resident of Maple Crest Manor in Fayette since March of 2010, Vic’s death occurred there on Saturday, May 5, 2012. He was an active member of the United Methodist Church, the Fayette American Legion, served as the first president of the Fayette Lions Club, and served on the founding board of Big Rock Country Club in Fayette. He enjoyed playing golf, and in his younger days enjoyed hunting and fishing trips to Minnesota.

            In addition to his wife, Gussie of Fayette, he is survived by two daughters, Sue Regan of Jupiter, Florida and Vicki (Greg) Andersen of Minneapolis, Minnesota; two granddaughters, Laura (Steve) Donlin and Erin (Brent) Butler; and six great grandchildren, Joey, Ava, Ryan, Lucy, Brady, and Heidi.

            He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Robert Dean Crafton; and one son-in-law, Richie Regan.           

            Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at the United Methodist Church of Fayette with Rev. Jason Princer officiating. Friends may call for one hour preceding services at the church on Tuesday. Inurnment will be at a later date at Grandview Cemetery in Fayette. Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Fayette is in charge of arrangements. 


Max Dilley on December 12, 2012 at 10:35 AM said:

To All:
I just saw this site. I offer you all my greatest sympanthy with Vic's passing. I can only guess that time has made the loss less painful, but it never leaves one. The memories of all the good times rise to the fore front of my thoughts. He was and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. My best to all of you.
S. Graves on June 5, 2012 at 5:15 AM said:

May these words recorded at Isaiah 25:8 be of much comfort to you and your family during this time of deep sorrow. "He will actually swallow up death forever, and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will certainly wipe the tears from all faces. And the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for Jehovah himself has spoken |it|," "New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures"
Sylvia (Hendrix) and Brad Hall on May 15, 2012 at 1:55 PM said:

Dear Vicki and Sue,
I just received word of Vic's passing. I am so very sad to hear he has gone. As you know, your parents were nearly as much a part of my life as my own parents were. Vic was my dad's treasured friend; he was always true and supportive to my Dad to the day he was buried. I will never forget how your parents were there to hold me and comfort me when Mom, Denny, and Dad passed away. Without them in my life, times such as those would have been much harder to bear. I also remember that Vic had the most wicked sense of humor. Usually quiet and laid back, when we least expected it, your dad would zing us with the most hilarious, on the nail observation. I spent many fun nights with your folks, Henrys, Streeters, and Wrights laughing and playing rummy, a penny a point.
Please give my love and sympathy to Gussie, and accept my heartfelt condolences for the loss of a wonderful friend. Do you think they're all playing cards together again?
Much love, Sylvia and Brad
Donna (Roberts) Anthes on May 8, 2012 at 4:56 PM said:

Sue so sorry to hear of your father's passing. You and your mom and all the family are in our thoughts and prayers. Hope to see you for our 50th Class Reunion when the time comes.
Fred Abraham on May 8, 2012 at 9:12 AM said:

Dear Sue and Family--

I first met your family decades ago when you graciously opened your home in Fayette to me for a visit. I recall several conversations with Vic about the direction of higher education and as I look back, I marvel at his wisdom and insight. I wish we could have talked more.

My deepest sympathies to you on the loss of such a fine man.
Rich and Teresa Price on May 8, 2012 at 5:15 AM said:

Dear Sue, Vicki and Family,
May the love and memories you hold in your hearts sustain you and bring you comfort at this very difficult time.
Our thought, prayers, and deepest sympathy are with you.
Sheryl Gosse, Oelwein on May 7, 2012 at 11:16 PM said:

Gussie and family:We are sorry to read of the passing of a wonderful man. It was great to work with you both while at UIC so many years ago and to recently (a few yrs ago) see you both at a store in Oelwein and that we all knew each other. What a great visit we had. Treasure the memories. Since heaven only takes the best he can now enjoy those coffee breaks with the others who have passed before Vic from AD Hall and know they have a new angel in heaven.
Colleen and Greg on May 7, 2012 at 7:56 PM said:

Having both lost our fathers, we know the hole that is in your heart. Even though he is gone, as long as you are here, he will live on in your memories of him. I still talk to my dad regularly.
Martha and John Hastings on May 7, 2012 at 5:12 PM said:

Thinking of you and your family at this difficult time. Remember the good times. We send our love,Martha and John
Lauren & Jeff Jackson on May 7, 2012 at 12:42 PM said:

Sue & Family,

You are in our thought during this very sad time. Your wonderful memories of your Dad will keep him with you always.
Jim and Joan Martin on May 7, 2012 at 12:13 PM said:

Comfort each other and know that time will heal. Special prayers for Gussie. He had a long life, anda lifetime of love. Sue and Vickie gave him much to be proud of. Remarkable men and women came from his generation. Peace be with you
Laura La Fontaine (Hoffer) on May 7, 2012 at 11:28 AM said:

Hi Vicki,

I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of your father. I can't imagine losing mine. Please know that you are in our family's prayers. ::BIG HUG::

Love Laura
Heather and Mike Danneker on May 7, 2012 at 9:57 AM said:

Each person is given the gift of time on this earth. Your Dad made a true differnce to others. He left a special legacy.
Our deepest sympathy to you,Vikki and your Mother
Tom & Georgia Tucker on May 7, 2012 at 8:52 AM said:

When words become meaningless, please know, you are in our prayers.
Linda Hoffer on May 7, 2012 at 8:47 AM said:

Hi Vicki,
I'm so sorry about the loss of your dad. It's very hard
but I know he is in a better place. I didn't realize that
his birthday is the same day as my mom's. The only difference was that my mom was born in 1920.
Vicki, you and your family will be in our prayers,
love you,
judie & TJ Pratt on May 7, 2012 at 8:44 AM said:

Sue & Vicki, he sounds like a wonderful man who contributed alot in his life and had a great life. We are thinking of you in this difficult time - it is never easy to lose a parent. You have our deepest sympathy. love Judie and TJ
Susan Heher on May 7, 2012 at 7:38 AM said:

Sending deepest sympathy, and the biggest hug. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Lynn and David Nicholson on May 7, 2012 at 7:35 AM said:

Dear Sue; May you find peace at this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Lynn and David
Linda Bruno on May 7, 2012 at 7:23 AM said:

Sue: Prayers and thoughts are with you, Vicki and your mom. You were a wonderful and devoted daughter, right until his last days.

He has found peace and may you find yours in good memories.

Much love, Linda
Debbie and Bob Widman on May 7, 2012 at 5:47 AM said:

We send our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time to you, Vicki, and your mom. May his loving spirit continue to live on in your hearts and mind now and forever.
With deepest sypmathy.
Debbie and Bob

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