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Charles Wesley Crane was born November 5, 1926 to Albert and Martha Crane in Seneca, KS.
Charlie met Era Jane Boren in 1942 in Blythe, CA and the two were married in 1944. They settled in Truckee, CA and lived there for fifty years. Charlie and Jane were married for 64 years until Jane's passing in 2008. Afterwards, Charlie moved to Acampo, CA where he lived for the last seven years. He passed away peacefully in his sleep on August 12, 2014.
Charlie was a veteran of World War II, serving as Private First Class in the United States Army from 1944-1946. He was a member of the Truckee Seventh-Day Adventist Church. He was also a member of the Operating Engineers Local 3 union for 55 years. A highlight of his AFL-CIO career was moving the Squaw Valley Tower of Nations to its current location and placing the ski lift towers at Robert Redford's Sundance Ski Resort.
Charlie took pride in his Indian Heritage as a descendent of the Sac and Fox Nation of Kansas. He loved to work on old cars, namely his 1942 Ford convertible. He was always ready for a jam session, and knew how to play the violin, guitar, and mandolin, and he loved to sing. He enjoyed helping others, and especially loved spending time with his family. He found delight in reading World War II books. Charlie was well known for his sharp memory, sense of humor and he had an infectious laugh.
Charlie was preceded in death by his wife, Era Jane, beloved son-in-law, Jimmie Clark, and an infant son. He is survived by his four children Sharon Clark, Jan (Jim) Zintz, Leslie (Janie) Crane and Carl (Konnie) Crane, his sweetheart, Betty McDonald and long-time friend Ray Overholt. Charlie had eight grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to Dr. Annie Marie Santos and her staff, especially Nina and Krystal, the staff at Lodi Memorial Wound Center, especially Dr. Huang and Rebecca, as well as the wonderful staff at Vienna Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, especially Chelsey, Kathleen, Ray, Darlene and Carmela. We sincerely appreciate your excellence in caregiving.
Charlie lived a long life and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Viewing will be held at Ben Salas Funeral Home in Galt, CA on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 10 a.m. The Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m., conducted by Pastor Al Hass. Graveside service will follow at Ione Public Cemetery in Ione, CA. A reception at Clark's Corner in Ione will follow.
BEN SALAS FUNERAL HOME - Galt
149 4TH ST Galt, CA 95632
Published in Lodi News-Sentinel on Aug. 16, 2014