Iva Lois Crofutt

Photo courtesy of Joshua Brackett's Eagle Scout Project
Photo courtesy of Joshua Brackett's Eagle Scout Project

(August 20, 1928 - May 24, 1938)

The Lusk Herald
June 2, 1938

The tragedy of last week, in which little Lois Crofutt, 9 was burned to death when the Crofutt ranch home was destroyed by fire and the father and mother terribly burned, resulted in more tragedy when the mother, Edith Mary Crofutt, 43 passed away at the Lusk hospital last Wednesday evening, May 25th from the effects of her burns and the father Charles Crofutt, 42 died the following evening, pneumonia having developed from the effects of inhaling quantity of smoke while trying to rescue his wife.

Funeral services for all three victims were conducted from the Congregational church in Lusk on Saturday afternoon, with Rev. Jenkins officiating.

Music was furnished by a quartet composed of Mrs. H. J. Templeton, Mrs. Abdon DeCastro, J.M. Hungate and F.B. Kuns, with Mrs. J.P. Watson presiding at the piano.

The little daughter was buried with her mother and the pall-bearers were Dan Hanson, George Story, Lloyd Younkin, John Anstice, Harry Wampler and Albert DeGering.

The pall bearers for Mr. Crofutt were Max Heth, Pat Miller, Ben Seikert, Wilbur Wampler, Albert Olinger and Ray Freeman.

The Peet Mortuary were in charge of the arrangements and burial was made in the Lusk cemetery.

Complete obituary will be published next week.

Although the gravestone indicates the date of death as 1929, the biography "Sister: A Family's Story of Homesteading and Survival" by Mildred Crofutt Bryant has Iva(h)'s birth date as August 20, 1928

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