Asa J. Crook

Asa J. Crook, 93, of Hardin, died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cameron.

Asa was born Oct. 12, 1919 in Independence, to Samuel Cloud and Emma Pearl (Mann) Crook. He married Charline Penniston of Stet, Oct. 31, 1942; she preceded him in death Aug. 17, 2005.

Survivors include one daughter and son in-law, Doreen and Jay McFee of Hardin; three sons and daughters-in-law, Wayne and Jene Crook of Marshall, Dan Crook of Richmond, and Paul and Jan Crook of Hardin; one sister, Ona Mae Creason of Carrollton; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wife, Asa was preceded in death by one son, Roger Dean Crook who died in infancy; one brother, Sam Crook; two sisters, Elois Hessenflow and Lucy Acree; and two grandsons, Brian Crook and Steven Crook.

Asa was a United States Army Veteran of WWII.  He was a lifelong farmer before retiring in 1984. He was an active member of the Hardin First Baptist Church, where he sang in the choir and had served as deacon.   He was a member of the American Legion. He was also a member of the National Farmers Organization. Asa had lived in the Hardin area most of his life.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Hardin First Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held Monday, Feb. 4, at 10:30 a.m. at the Hardin First Baptist Church. Visitation was held Sunday, Feb. 3, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Thurman Funeral Home in Richmond. Burial in the Hardin Cemetery where military honors will be provided by the Ray County Veterans.

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