Former North Pole resident, John C. Crane, 70, of Cherokee, Kan., died Sunday, April 22, 2012 at University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., from a massive stroke.
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He was born Oct. 18, 1941, to Frances "Jack" Crane and Ellen Herndon Crane in Oswego, Kan.
He moved to Colorado where he met and later married Jeanie Whitehorn in 1969. They moved to Alaska in 1974, where he worked for the government at Fort Wainwright for more than 20 years.
After Jeanie Crane's death in 1993, John returned to southeast Kansas.
In southeast Kansas, he met and later married Anna L. Prater in 1997. John and Anna Crane resided in Cherokee.
John was a dedicated member of American Legion Post No. 35 of Cherokee, the Pittsburgh Elks and Fraternal Order of the Eagles No. 918.
John was an active volunteer with the American Legion supporting numerous fundraising events during the past 15 years, including planning, preparing food and donating a tremendous amount of hours helping.
John is survived by his wife, Anna Crane, of Cherokee; siblings, Ellen Owens of Arizona, Jackie "June" Walters of Texas, Judy Thompson of Texas, and Richard Crane of Pennsylvania; children, Marty McQuire of Pittsburgh, Sherry Addis of Parsons, Kan., Jonna Crane of Ga., Gary Carr of Salcha, Laura Bedard of Anchorage, Brett Carr of North Pole, Alan Prater of Lawton, Okla., Jessica Prater of Galena, Mo., and Travis Prater of Claremore, Okla. He also is survived by 18 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Michael Crane; a daughter, Michelle Crane, at the age of 12; his wife, Jeanie Crane, and sister, Pat Johnson, of Welch, Okla.
A celebration of life is set for 4 p.m., May 19, 2012, at American Legion Post No. 35 in Cherokee.
Memorials may be made to the American Legion Post No. 35 in Cherokee, Kan.
Published in Daily News-Miner on Apr. 26, 2012