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Earl L. Crain

Appeal Democrat, April 16, 1979, Pg 4
Newspaper from Marysville, Yuba County California

Submitted by April Hennes 29 Jan 2017
Gridley, Butte Co. California

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday for Earl L. Crain, Gridley, who died Saturday at the Martinez Veteran's Administration Hospital after a lengthy illness. Crain, 86, was born in Prineville, Ore., on Aug. 31, 1892, the son of Prineville pioneers Francis and Nellie Crain. Early in life, Crain traveled with his father on covered freight wagons and also harvested hay with his father from what is now the bottom of Buck's Lake in Plumas County. He moved to Gridley in 1940 and operated a dairy ranch in the Manzanita area. In the late 1940's he and his family operated a prune, walnut and rice ranch. He married Cecile Fairlee in 1924. A veteran of World War I, Crain was a founder and past commander of the Warren H. McCutcheon Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 5731 in Gridley. He was also a member of the American Legion and World War I Barracks No. 1198, Gridley. Crain was also a member of the Pomona grange and the Gridley Grange.

He is survived by his wife, Cecile, of Gridley; two sons, Eston E. Crain of Selah, Wash., and Ralph O. Crain of Gridley; a daughter, Elizabeth Farr of Reno; two sisters, Bessie Houk of Portland, Ore., Minnie Gray of Beaverton, Ore., Maude Monical of Bend, Ore., and Charlotte Isham of Prineville, Ore.; a brother, Roy Crain of Prineville, Ore.; and nine grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. W. C. Jensen, a friend of Crain's will officiate at the funeral services held at the Gridley-Block Funeral Chapel, The VFW Post No. 5731 will participate in the funeral and graveside services. Burial will be in Gridley-Biggs cemetery. Visitations can be made tomorrow between 9 a.m. And 5 p.m. And 7 and 9 p.m. Memorials to favorite charities have been suggested by the family.