George William Crenshaw
WABAUNSEE, Kan .– George W. Crenshaw, 91, a notable and long-standing figure in the Kansas livestock industry, died Wednesday, November 26, at his home in western Wabaunsee County after a long illness.
Crenshaw, a lifelong cattleman, was an early and persistent advocate for Angus cattle. In 1946, he was appointed Purebred Beef Herdsman at Kansas State University, and for decades continued a close relationship with the University and its programs in agriculture science and veterinary medicine.
In 1950, Crenshaw and his wife, June, moved to Olathe, where he was herdsman at the Blackpost Ranch, and six years later purchased the first parcel of what would be Shamrock Farms, their longtime home in the northern Flint Hills near Wabaunsee. In short time, Crenshaw’s registered Angus cattle became fixtures at state, regional and national livestock shows.
He was especially known for taking his cattle by train and by tractor-trailer to national shows in Phoenix, Denver and Dallas, and was instrumental locally in managing 40 consecutive annual Angus sales with Hammerlund Angus Farms.
Shamrock Farms Angus cattle also were familiar winners at competitions in Illinois, Mississippi, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Missouri and New Mexico. His awards included a grand national champion steer at the Denver Stock Show (1942).
In ceremonies at Kansas State University in 1993, George and June Crenshaw became the first couple to be inducted into the Stockman Hall of Fame.
Over the years, Crenshaw garnered countless awards and recognitions for his land stewardship, herdsmanship and community organizing. He generously gave his time to Wabaunsee 4-H clubs, Kansas State University athletics, county township boards, County Fair boards, the Wabaunsee School Board, Zeandale Community Church and the Kansas State Foundation Board. He coached local baseball teams and mentored young Angus breeders. He was a member and past president of the Kansas Angus Association.
The Crenshaws also were known for a tradition of generosity at the dinner table. Over the decades neighbors were always welcome at Halloween for June’s fresh donuts. For July 4, the Crenshaws annually invited the community for Angus burgers and fireworks at Shamrock Hill, a summit that overlooked miles of the region’s rolling grassland. And for decades, the Crenshaws were known to open their home to Fellowship of Christian Athletes, coaches and players in all K-State sports, especially those far from their own homes and families.
Crenshaw also ensured that his piece of the Flint Hills was available for Easter church services, political fund-raisers and family reunions. He thrived on the energy of these social events and relished in sharing with others the land he treasured.
George William Crenshaw was born August 6, 1923, to Archie and Christine Crenshaw on a family farm north of Attica, Kan. He was president of his class and graduated salutatorian from Attica High School in 1941. He married June Hunt, of Attica, on February 7, 1945 at the Hunt farm in Attica.
He was preceded in death by two daughters, Joan Elaine and Julia Marie; his son-in-law Jim Kleve, his brother Howard Crenshaw and sisters Cora McIntyre, Anna Mae Martin and Helen Sanford.
Survivors include the widow, of the home; a brother, Eldon, of Ottawa; three daughters, Rebecca Rice (husband John Marshall), Lindsborg; Christy Crenshaw, rural Manhattan; Nancy Crenshaw-Miller (husband Paul), Alma; and a son, Roy (wife Sue Harris Crenshaw), rural Manhattan; and three granddaughters: Valeri Crenshaw (husband Kyle Roehler) Kansas City, Mo.; Julia Crenshaw-Smith, Parkville, Mo; and Coye Crenshaw-Kleve (husband John Culver), Topeka.
The body has been cremated. A memorial service will be held in the spring, with the date to be announced later by the family. The ashes will be spread at Shamrock Farms and the funeral urn buried in the family plot at Wabaunsee Cemetery.
The family suggests donations to the Kansas Junior Angus Association. Campanella Funeral Home, Wamego, was in charge of arrangements.
The Lindsborg News-Record, Dec. 4, 2014