Obituaries

William George Watson, better known as Bill, was born on Feb. 22, 1934 in Lincoln County, Kan., to Emery Horace and Hazel Ann Loy Watson. He passed away on Dec. 30, 2014 at the Mitchell  County Hospital in Beloit, Kan., after a lengthy illness. Bill spent the first five years of his life on a farm west of Barnard, Kansas. He attended Rocky Point Country School, located across the road from his home, for the first year of school. This was during the Kansas Dust Bowl years and was not an easy time for the family. In 1939 or 1940 the family moved to a farm northwest
of Barnard, where Bill lived for the rest of his life. He attended grade school in Barnard and graduated from Barnard High School in the Class of 1952. While in school he participated in baseball, basketball, and football, school plays and was an ardent member of the Salt Creek 4-H Club. He became the 4-H Club live - stock leader as the years went by and his own chil - dren joined the club. Bill had fond memories of walking or riding his horse to school with other kids throughout his freshman year of high school. After graduation, Bill enlisted in the U.S. Army Active Reserves in 1953 and was in the QMCUSA through May 31, 1961.  Bill met his future wife at a surprise birthday party at the home of his parents in February, 1952. Two years later on June 11, 1954 he married Charlene May Rawlings at the Presbyterian Church in Beloit, Kan. In his words, she became his wife, his lifetime partner and the love of his life. The couple made their home in the fam - ily farm near Barnard where they raised their five chil - dren, Vicki, Beverly, Dwight, Jeana, and Ginger. When he graduated from high school, Bill’s parents gave him three registered  Hereford cows and this was the foundation for a lifetime in the registered Hereford business. Seeing that the future of the Hereford breed was in the Polled Hereford segment, Bill and his new bride switched to the Polls in 1954-1955 and continued to raise them for the next 60 plus years. Bill’s “love for raising and showing cattle” continued throughout his life as he and his  family showed in local, state, and national cattle shows all over the country. He also raised Registered Australian Blue Heeler dogs. The Watson’s had an enjoy -  able life with a host of cattle friends they made through - out the U.S., Canada, Australia, and the world. Bill was proud of being the Lincoln County Wheat King and later the Outstanding Farmer of Lincoln County.  Bill was baptized and became a member of the First Baptist Church of Barnard where he served as a Deacon in later years. He was a member of the Barnard Masonic Lodge, Barnard Chapter 360 Order of the Eastern Star, Barnard Lions Club and the Lincoln County Hereford Assn. He was a lifetime member of both the American Hereford Assn and the American Polled Hereford Assn. He served as director on the Salt Creek Watershed Board for over 30 years and was active in county and state Republican organizations. Bill enjoyed attending his children and grandchil - dren’s activities and sport - ing events over the years. He celebrated his 80th birthday on Feb. 22, 2014 and the Watson’s celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary on June 14, 2014. Bill was  receded in death by his parents. Survivors include his wife Charlene of the home; five children Vicki (Doug) Lebien, Lincoln; Beverly Boling (Rob Daniels), Tulsa, Okla.; Dwight (Tracy) Watson, Barnard; Jeana (Mark) Eckhart, Lincoln; Ginger (Steve) Sedbrook, Wakeeney. Also seven granddaughters, seven grandsons, six greatgrandchildren with three enroute all of whom he loved dearly.     

Jack Darrell Crispin, Sr., Tecumseh, Kan., passed away on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, at the VA Hospital. Jack was born in Ava, Mo., on Sept. 24, 1926. He served during WWII in the US  Army and the US Army Air Force. On June 24, 1949, he married Mary Elizabeth Stewart of Overbrook, Kan. He graduated with a busi - ness degree from Washburn University in 1952. Jack was  a long time employee of Whelan’s Lumber Company in Topeka. He was an avid golfer and in his spare time loved gardening and wood - working. Jack was preceded in death by his parents, H. Gifford and Della C. (Christy) Collett, and his sis - ter, Elizabeth A. Blevins. His survivors include wife, Mary, of the home, sons Jack Crispin, Jr. (Kathie) of Lincoln, Kan., and Jerry Crispin (Cheryl) of Topeka, 
and daughters Jill Emme of Tecumseh and Julie Steinbock (late husband Jeff) of Olathe. He had seven  grandchildren and six greatgrandsons. Family greeted friends Friday, January 16, from 6  to 8 p.m. at Dove Crematory, 4020 SW 6th Ave., Topeka. Memorial Services were held on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Mount Hope Funeral Chapel, 4700 SW 17th St,  Topeka. Internment services  will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers the fam - ily suggests memorial con - tributions can be made to the Kansas Hospice Care or the Kiwanis Club of Tecumseh sent in care of Dove Crematory, 4020 SW 6th Ave., Topeka, KS 66606