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Redfield man dies in weekend blizzard

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This weekend's blizzard was deadly for the Redfield community.

Kevin Cranston, 58, died in the blizzard after leaving his vehicle that was stuck in the ditch. 

Cranston and his truck were found on a road he took nearly every night on his way home from work in Redfield. He was on his way home from work when the blizzard hit Saturday night. 

"Visibility was just absolutely zero, treacherous and five to six foot snow banks in the road it was just real difficult," said Spink County Sheriff Kevin Scurch. 

The search party found Cranston's truck in a ditch just off the highway, barely a mile from his rural home. 

"If he was that close and he knew where he was I suppose he thought he could make it, but the elements were just too much for him," said Ethan Jessen, a member of the Jim Valley snowmobile crew who helped with the search.

Cranston's 86-year-old mother called the sheriff to say he hadn't come home from work around 8:30 PM.

"I told him he should stay at the motel and of course he didn't listen and tried to come out…he should have stayed in the pick up but he didn't," said Betty Cranston. 

A neighboring farmer got his tractor out to try and pave the way for search crews working through the night and blinding storm. 

"It was bone chilling if you were out here long," said Sheriff Scurch.

It was after five o'clock Sunday morning when search crews finally found him. 

"The snowmobile club members found him and when they brought him up to the road they said that he was breathing," said Sheriff Scurch. 

"He looked stiff as a board, he was barely clinging on too life and it was about right," said Jessen.

Cranston spent his entire life in the Redfield community. 

"My wife worked with him for 15 years," said 

"He was one of my classmates and a good friend…Kevin was a young, strong man. He had a lot of life left in him," said Sheriff Scurch. 

"This was my favorite picture of him…he was very happy, both my boys were very good and I never had any problems even through the teen years, I was very fortunate," said his mother Betty Cranston. 

Kevin Cranston would have celebrated his 59th birthday on Wednesday.

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