Paul E. McCracken
Paul E. McCracken, 93, of Farson, Wyoming, died on Aug. 25, 2017, in Wyoming.
He was born on March 24, 1924, in Cuba, Kansas, to Mabel L. (Kinney) and John E. McCracken.
McCracken attended schools in Greenville, Iowa, and Paton, Iowa, and graduated from Paton High School in 1941.
He attended William Penn College in Oskaloosa, Iowa. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a private first class. The family says he then served as a civil service mariner, spending many years in Alaska.
He married Rachel West on Dec. 4, 1952, in Nevada. She preceded him in death on Oct. 17, 2016.
He was a resident of Farson, Wyoming, for 59 years. McCracken was a founding member, deacon and Sunday school teacher at the Eden Valley Baptist Church, and was in attendance at the Grace Baptist Church in Rock Springs, Wyoming, for the past three years.
He and his wife Rachel were the owner-operators of the South Pass Angus Ranch for fifty-nine years. He was a Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff for six years, and spent time employed as an iron worker.
The family says “trust Jesus” were two words one would commonly hear when spending time with McCracken, whose interests included serving by providing ministry to those who were incarcerated, and volunteering with the meals on wheel program. He enjoyed ranching, oil painting, his church, and spending time with family and friends.
McCracken is survived by four sons, Scott McCracken and wife, Caron, of Lexington, Kentucky, Mark McCracken and wife, Connie, of Farson, Wyoming, Paul Michael McCracken and wife, Dayna, of Rock Springs, Wyoming, and David McCracken and wife, Andrea, of Keller; two daughters, Lisa Workman and husband, Larry, of Draper, Utah, and Rebekah James and husband, Russell, of Uvalde; one brother, John McCracken of Gainesville, Georgia; one sister, Jeanette Zingerman of Tempe, Arizona; 22 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; one son, Stephen McCracken; one brother, Dale McCracken, one sister, Virginia Crill; and one granddaughter, Alexandria McCracken.
A funeral service was held yesterday at 11 a.m. at the Eden Valley Community Center in Farson, Wyoming, followed by interment at the Eden Valley Cemetery in Farson, Wyoming.
Vase Funeral Home, www.vasefuneralhomes.com