Jack M. Crane, 88, of Hannibal, Missouri, passed Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at his home. Mr. Crane was born July 6, 1924, in Nelsonville, Missouri, to Russell Lee and Eula Brown Lake Crane. He was married to Mary J. Daumiller November 19, 1949, in Kalispell, Montana. She survives of the home.
Survivors include: son, Russell J. “Rusty” Crane of Hannibal; daughter, Suzanne Kennedy and husband Kendal of North Liberty, IA; sister, Rosalie Parson of Quincy, IL; grandchildren: Ryan Kennedy of Chicago, IL; Shawn (Kyla) Kennedy of North Liberty, IA; great-grandchild, Zoey Grace Kennedy of North Liberty, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers: Robert, Joe, and Harold Crane.
Mr. Crane was a member of the Carpenters Local 911 in Kalispell, Montana, for over 65 years. He started his construction career working on Hungry Horse Dam in northwest Montana on the south fork of the Flathead River. He built and managed building and bridge construction projects in Montana, Idaho, Missouri and Illinois. Jack retired from Crane Construction Company, a bridge construction firm, in 1985. He also served as a councilman for the city of Hannibal from 1983 to 1987.
Mr. Crane was a 1941 graduate of Palmyra High School and was a United States Navy Veteran of WWII. He served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Hornet CV-8 and helped launch Gen. Jimmy Doolittle’s raid on Japan in April of 1942. He also participated in the Battle of Midway.
He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Hannibal, Missouri, the Boots-Dickson American Legion Post 174 in Palmyra, and the VFW Post #11241 in Hannibal.
Jack loved fishing in northwest Montana. In his retirement years, he enjoyed visiting with his grandsons, watching the St. Louis Cardinals, woodworking, and walking with his faithful Brittany, Lucky.
A private family service of remembrance will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Northeast Missouri Humane Society or the James E. Cary Cancer Center.
The Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel in Palmyra, Missouri, is in charge of arrangements.
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