John E. Crump died Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.
He was born Sept. 27, 1928, in Hutchinson, to William E. and Kathryn Crandall Crump. He graduated in 1945 from Lakin High School.
On Oct. 22, 1950, he married Mona L. Ratzlaff in Garden City.
Before beginning his service in the U.S. Army, Mr. Crump taught briefly in Deerfield. He served in the Army from 1950 until 1954 and was stationed in Germany as a counter-intelligence agent. After his discharge he taught school in Lakin for two years. He then entered the Foreign Service and worked as a diplomat for the United States government and served in Auckland, New Zealand; Stuttgart, Germany; The Hague, Netherlands; Colorado Springs, Colo., at the Air Force Academy; Brussels, Belgium; London, England; Tel Aviv, Israel; and two times at the State Department in Washington, D.C. He served his Kansas community as a past president of High Plains Public Radio, on the Kearny County Hospital Board, Kearny County Soil Conservation Board of Supervisors, as chairman of the Kearny County Democrat Party, on the Southwind Country Club Board Of Advisors, American Foreign Service Association, Southwest Kansas Royalty Owners Association Board Of Directors, and as past president of the Western Kansas Community Foundation Board. He was a member of Lakin Christian Church.
His parents and his brother, David Crump, preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Mona; a sister, Jean (Jon) Fleming of Mineral Point, Wis.; a sister-in-law, Flo Crump of Montezuma; a brother, Robert (Nancy) Crump of Indianapolis, Ind.; a brother, Richard (Sondra) Crump of Topeka; a daughter, Anne (Mark) Jarboe of Lawrence; a granddaughter, Kristen (Cordeus) Anderson, and a great-granddaughter of Lawrence.
As Mr. Crump requested, his body has been donated to the University of Kansas Medical Center and no services will be held.
The family wishes to establish a memorial scholarship in John's name at the KU School of Education. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to KU Endowment and sent in care of Garnand Funeral Home, 412 N. Seventh St., Garden City, KS 67846 or directly to the KU Endowment Association in his name. Condolences may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.