George William Abbott


A private family service is set for longtime Minden attorney George William Abbott, 84, who died at Evergreen Care Center on Jan. 31, 2008.

Born April 10, 1923, in Almeria, Neb., to Waltor and Ethelyn Minor Abbott, he received both his bachelor's degree and his law degree from the University of Nebraska.

He served in the U.S. Army as a captain in the infantry during World War II.

During the Eisenhower presidency, Mr. Abbott served as chief legal counsel to the House Interior and Insular Affairs Committee, assistant to Secretary of the Interior Fred A. Seaton, chief legal officer of the U.S. Department of Interior, Assistant Secretary of the Interior of Public Land Management.

He received the Distinguished Service Award, the Department of the Interior's highest civilian honor. He was elected to the National Young Republican Hall of Fame in 1960. Mr. Abbott was a member of the American, Nebraska and Nevada bar associations and the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.

He moved to Nevada in 1961 and opened his practice in Minden.

He was active in the Nevada Republican party, starting out as precinct committeeman in Douglas County and becoming Nevada State Republican Chairman. He was a Nevada delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1968 and was manager of Sen. Paul Laxalt's 1980 campaign. He served as a presidential elector for Nevada.

He was preceded in death by his mother, father and three sisters.

He is survived by children Jeanne Gaylor of Moscow, Idaho, George Abbott Jr. of Wellington and Maj. Christopher Abbott of Fayetteville, N.C.; and nine grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Masonic Eastern Star Home for Children, P.O. Box 1327, Fremont, Neb., 68026.

Kenneth 'Ken'

Vernon Crandall


A celebration of life is 2 p.m. Thursday at the Genoa Town Hall for Kenneth 'Ken' Vernon Crandall who died Feb. 1, 2008.

Mr. Crandall was born June 7, 1940, in Waukegan, Ill., to Milton Lawrence and Lillian Catherine (O'Connor) Crandall.

He served in the U.S. Army at Camp McCoy, Wis. Mr. Crandall was an avid outdoorsman, splitting his time between Carson Valley and his childhood home of Wisconsin.

Mr. Crandall is survived by his children Ken Crandall Jr., Kathy Dolphin, Kim Kreuger, Jackie and Luke Crandall; Ken Jr.'s children Tom and Dan, Kathy's children Tyler and Kyle, Kim's children Brian, Jennifer and Amy; his brothers Buzz (Sharl) Crandall, Robert (Puanani) and John (Olga) Van Dorpe, his sister Nancy Kerley, nephews Dan and David Evans, Kurt, Mark, Michael and Lisa Crandall, Kula and Kapua Van Dorpe, and numerous great nieces and nephews as well as extended family and friends in Nevada and Wisconsin.

Mr. Crandall was preceded in death by his parents, Milton and Lillian Crandall.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Mr. Crandall's name to the Kids Fishing Derby in Carson Valley or a related charity in Wisconsin.

The family would like to thank Hank Gorichs and Marsha Tomerlin for their help and support.

Arrangements are in the care of Walton's Chapel of the Valley.


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