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Gene L. Crane

Posted August 16, 2013 in Obituaries, Pleasant Hill

May 4, 1928 – August 14, 2013

Gene Crane

Gene Crane

Gene Crane, 85, of Pleasant Hill, formerly of Pleasantville, IA passed away from cancer surrounded by his loving family on August 14, 2013.

Gene was born on May 4, 1928 in Pleasantville to Lena and Ray Crane and graduated from Pleasantville High in 1945. He served in the Army with the occupation force in Japan after WWII. He married “the girl next door” Maxine Rankin on October 21, 1950.

He farmed in the Pleasantville area until 1964, when he became the Postmaster in Pleasantville. In 1978 he became a Rural Letter Carrier until his retirement in 1988.

Gene is survived by his wife of 62 years, Maxine; his daughter, Janis (Bob) of Hastings, IA; son, Bruce (Becky) of Des Moines; grandchildren, Judson Moore of Johnson, MN, and Mike, Jon, Tim, Steve, and Faith Crane of Des Moines; and sister, Beverly Wilson of Aurora, CO.

Gene enjoyed riding his bicycle and spending winters in Yuma, Arizona.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 17 at Oakwood United Methodist Church. Burial will be at Pleasantville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.


Information provided by:
Iles Funeral Homes
Grandview Park Chapel
3211 Hubbell Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50317

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