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Friday Finds

Do you remember the sound a modem made when you connected to the Internet? Do you remember MySpace? Can you document your online presence?

Unfortunately, I doubt that I could document my own presence. My incompetence is compounded by the fact that online sites have disappeared. I did manage to save the photos I had saved on Flickr before that site went down but it appears that I forgot to save the posts I had made on Yahoo 360.

I was recently reminded on the Yahoo 360 site when I found a Yahoo 360 printout that my mom had kept containing my dad’s obituary. Even though I did not save these posts, I do have the Word document used to create the post.

Thus, I’m going to re-share this obituary that was first posted in September 2006 on my Yahoo 360 site.

Eugene David Crawford was born on 8 Dec 1927 at Dodge City, Ford Co., Kansas, son of Leon Russel Crawford and Winnie Letha Currey Crawford.   

At the age of 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserves serving at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center.  While in the reserves, Eugene completed his high school education, graduating from Dodge City Senior High School in May 1945. He served aboard the U.S.S. Oneida (APA-221) as seaman 1st class in the Pacific Ocean around Guam and Samar during the summer of 1946.  He received an honorable discharge from U.S. Navy as Seaman First Class V-6 USNR.

After returning from his military service, he attended Dodge City Community Junior College and then Kansas State Teachers College at Emporia Kansas where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in physical science education in 1950. He continued pursuing his education at Kansas State Teachers college receiving a Master of Science Degree in 1951. During his college years he became a life member of the Omicron Chapter, Phi Delta Kappa and of Sigma Pi Sigma, a national physics honor society.

While a student at Kansas State Teachers College, Eugene met his future wife, Roberta Briles. Eugene’s science aptitude and building skills were put to use by Roberta’s sorority in the building of their homecoming decorations and floats. Roberta and Eugene were married on June 9, 1951 in Emporia, Kansas. Many wedding guests told tales of having to find high-dry roads leading into Emporia due to the flooding of the Cottonwood and Neosho Rivers at that time.

After their marriage, Roberta and Eugene settled at Glasco, Kansas where Eugene taught science in the high school. The family moved to Emporia and Kansas City before settling in Dodge City in 1954 where Eugene joined the faculty of Dodge City Community College to teach physics. Desiring to continue his education, Eugene returned to college at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska to pursue a doctorate’s degree in 1965. At the completion of his coursework Eugene accepted a teaching position at Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia, Kansas where he was a member of the physical science department until his retirement in 1992. Eugene received his Doctorate of Education Degree in August 1971 from the University of Nebraska.

After retirement, Eugene and Roberta became “full-timers” in their motorhome as they traveled around the country. During the winter months, their home was in Hondo, Texas. However, spring, summer and fall could find them anywhere in the continental U.S. with many trips back to Kansas. During their motorhome days, Eugene and Roberta were active members of the Southwinders Association. Retiring from their nomadic life, the couple returned to Emporia, living just a few blocks from their original home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eugene Crawford / Leon R. Crawford, Jr. Memorial Scholarship fund at Emporia State University or to St. Marks Lutheran Church, Emporia.

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  1. Yes, I can hear in my mind the sound of my modem! I remember Geocities, the original RootsWeb, OneGroup(?) / Egroups / Yahoo Groups, and others. I’ve lost some of my online life and my dad’s online genealogy life. Tech always changes.

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