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William "Claude" Crockett

William “Claude” Crockett, 88, of Langdon, ND passed away Monday, April 17, 2017 at Maple Manor Care Center in Langdon, ND.

Claude was born April 10, 1929 in Langdon, ND to William and Ethel (Skinner) Crockett. After marrying Cleo Estenson on April 10, 1954 in Sarles, ND, the couple made their home on their farm in Minto Township where Claude farmed until he retired. Claude raised Clydesdale horses and made many trips up to Canada and to various towns in the United States showing them or leading parades. Claude always made sure that if he was in Langdon, the horses would go by Maple Manor so the residents could see them. Every Christmas, he would have the Clydesdales pull the jumper sleigh which was an enclosed sleigh that kept the riders warm. Claude even sold his Clydesdales to Budweiser and Potter’s Brewery. His favorite horses were Big Dan & Doc and an Arabian named Chamino.

After he gave up his horses, Claude turned to his car. He took his 1916 Cadillac to many events. Instead of his horses in his horse trailer, he used the trailer to transport his car! Another interest of Claude’s was family ancestry. He was always full of stories and enjoyed telling them to his friends, children, and grandchildren.

Surviving Claude are his daughters: Patricia (Allan) Bachman of Langdon, Darby (Mark) Kakela of Langdon, Robin (Gerald) Marcotte of Langdon, Norma (Greg) Kuhn of Apache Junction, AZ; 16 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and sister Iona Schmidt of Glendive, MT. Claude was preceded in death by his parents, wife Cleo, son Jim, grandson Jim Bachman, five sisters, and two brothers.

Funeral Service

Friday, April 21, 2017
2:00 PM

United Methodist Church
301 15th Avenue
Langdon, ND 58249

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I visited Claude in Langdon about 8 years ago for the town parade. Glad now, that I did that

Skip Clarence Colwell Crockett Dec 27 2018 12:00 AM

Sorry for loss. I have many memories of him on the farm and working with the horses. Kent

Kent Goschke May 12 2017 12:00 AM

Thinking of Claude's family. There was and will only ever be one "Claude Crockett" I will never forget his smile and laugh. It was always a pleasure to see him in Langdon and in the Country Kitchen with his family when I worked there in High School. Heaven must be buzzing with Claude and his Clydesdales - sending prayers and remembering a special guy that always made me smile.

Carla Soli Sandness May 1 2017 12:00 AM

Claude was one of the friendliest guys I knew. I'm sure he will be missed immensely. We will keep you and your family in our prayers. With our sincere sympathy & love to all, Jim Zeis & family

James Zeis Apr 27 2017 12:00 AM

May God's Grace be with your Family at this time. I still remember when your family would stop by my Dad's (Jim Hoglund's) place and visit when you were passing through Fargo. Always lots of talk about the clydesdales they both had a love for them.

Garfield Hoglund Apr 21 2017 12:00 AM

Darby, I am sorry to hear about your Dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love, Mary Beth

Mary Beth Helgevold Apr 21 2017 12:00 AM

Thinking of you Patty and your families.... so remember your Dad and the horses.... but also the fresh cinnamon rolls your Mom always had ready for us when we got off the bus! Thoughts and prayers to you and yours. Debbie and Mike Higgins

Debbie Higgins Apr 20 2017 12:00 AM

Dear cousins Sorry to hear your Daddy has died. At times I can hear his laugh along with Willard and Cal at the get together in Mt.. He looked great back in 2012, when I visited him. Love, Dawn and Kim - Schafer cousins

Dawn (Schafer) McClure Apr 19 2017 12:00 AM

Patty and family sorry to hear about your dad. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Faye

Cleofaye Hardy Apr 19 2017 12:00 AM