REV. KENNETH CRUIKSHANKS DIES AT 93 - Well-Known Circuit Preacher

Funeral services were held yesterday in Gassaway for a well-known Calhoun and regional minister, the Rev. Kenneth L. Cruikshanks.

The 93-year-old minister died December 1. He had been living in Buckhannon, and was a circuit preacher with charges in Calhoun, Clay, Gilmer and Braxton counties, mostly during the 1940s to 1960s.

By occupation a farmer and coal miner, Rev. Cruikshanks devoted most of his time and talents to answering the call of spreading the gospel.

He served his Lord through the United Methodist Church.

After his retirement from active ministry, the Rev. Cruikshanks continued to spread the message through a local radio program in Braxton County.

He was born April 15, 1914, in Roane County, to the late Burton and Lucy Spencer Cruikshanks.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Naomi Elisabeth Wayne Cruikshanks; and his son, Kenneth Wayne Cruikshanks; as well as three brothers; and two sisters.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Robert Rogers; four grandchildren, Beth Rogers, Roberta Samples, Shasta Rogers, and Crystal Jozwick; and two great-grandchildren, Emily and Matthew Jozwick.

Burial was in the Wayne Family Cemetery, Wallback, Clay County.