Benjamin Lunsford


Benjamin “Frank” Lunsford, 96, of Fairfield, IA passed away on Thursday, May 9, 2024, at the Parkview Care Center in Fairfield, IA.  Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, at the Cranston Family Funeral Home in Fairfield, IA with Pastor Danny Cary officiating.  Burial will be held in the Lockridge Cemetery immediately following the service.  Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, at the funeral home and will last until the time of service.  Memorial contributions in Frank’s honor may be directed to EveryStep Hospice.  Friends may leave online condolences at

Frank Lunsford was born on February 15, 1928, in Bloomfield, IA, to Bernie and Pearl Decker Lunsford. He grew up in the close-knit community of Troy, IA, where he attended school before setting out into the workforce at a young age. His work ethic and natural curiosity led him to become a self-taught craftsman. In his early years he worked farming, logging, and horse training. Frank found his true calling as a self-employed carpenter. He not only did general construction but built houses and could fix just about anything, earning him the nickname “Fix it Frank” among those who knew him.

Frank attended the Keosauqua Christian Church, where he served as a deacon for several years. When Frank found time to himself away from work, he enjoyed the outdoors. He was an excellent hunter and fisherman. Frank also celebrated the victories and endured the heartaches of his beloved Chicago Cubs. Frank’s neighbors knew they could always count on him to lend a hand with any broken
item or “fix it” project. He loved music and in his earlier years played the guitar and banjo. His mind was sharp and full of knowledge right up until the very end.

While Frank was indeed a man of many talents and interests, it was his family that brought him the most joy. Despite being preceded in death by his parents, three wives; Margaret Shotten, Ruth Keller, and Linda Hickenbottom, and three siblings, Laura, Arli, and Anna, his legacy of love and strength lives on through his family.

He is survived by his devoted daughter, Margie Sales; stepchildren, Alan (Peggy) Hickenbottom and Bob (Liz) Hickenbottom; grandchildren, Tammy (Daryn) Hamilton, Tina Cardis, and Steve Cardis; step-grandchildren, Alex and Adam Hickenbottom; great-grandchildren, Elizabeth (Alex) Seaman, Michael Hamilton, and Josh Cardis; and three great-great-grandchildren with another on the way. His memory will also be cherished by his five siblings, Sue Gough, Angie Hamburg, Dean Lunsford, Mattie Radabaugh, and Marilee Gaskell, along with numerous extended family and friends.

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