Topeka – In accordance with Executive Order 10-12, Governor Sam Brownback ordered flags in Kansas to be flown at half-staff from sun-up until sun-down beginning immediately and lasting through sun-down Thursday, March 16 to honor former Kansas Lt. Governor John W. Crutcher, who passed away March 13, 2017.

Crutcher, 100, was elected Lieutenant Governor in 1964. Born in Ensign, Kansas in December of 1916, Crutcher grew to live a life of service. He was a graduate of Hutchinson Community College and the University of Kansas. Crutcher worked as a teacher in a one-room school house, Navy officer during World War II, Kansas State Senator, Kansas Lt. Governor, and filled several federal appointments including Director of the Bureau of Outdoor Recreation in the Department of the Interior, and as Commissioner of Postal Rates.

“John Crutcher was committed to public service locally, statewide, and nationally,” said Lt. Governor Dr. Jeff Colyer. “As a Kansan and as Lt. Governor, I extend my thanks for his service. Ruth and I send our heartfelt condolences to his wife Edith, his family, and his friends. I trust they take solace in remembering his life well lived.”

A memorial service is set for Thursday, March 16.

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