Crane, Thomas Wallace (October 30, 1916 - May 21, 1966)

Final rites held for Tom Crane

Douglas Budget - May 26, 1966

Funeral services for Tom Crane, 49, were held Monday May 23, at the First Methodist Church, with the Rev. Sheridan Mallott officiating. Interment was in Douglas Park Cemetery.

The popular businessman died from cancer early Saturday, May 21, after a short illness. He had undergone surgery in Denver, and when it was learned he had incurable cancer, he returned to Douglas by ambulance Wednesday, May 18.

Thomas Wallace Crane was born in Baker, Oregon, October 30, 1916, and attended school in Casper and was graduated from Natrona County High School with the class of 1935. In Casper, he was known as Tom Hoffine when he used the name of his step-father.

He was united in marriage with Velma Elaine Gunstrum, May 9, 1941 in Cody, Wyoming, and later lived in Rock Springs, Wyoming and Chula Vista, California.

In 1945, they moved to Douglas and he had been associated with the Grain & Storage Co.. since that time.

An active and talented church and community worker, Crane was a member of the Methodist Church, a former member of the Converse County High School board, was a member of the Converse County Memorial Hospital Board at the time of his death, and worked actively in the Masonic Blue Lodge and York Rite.

Tom was known and admired for his humorous dramatic talent, as well as for his fine singing voice, often entertaining for various community groups; and was a faithful member of the Methodist Church choir. He was also well-liked for his friendly manner and ready wit.

He is survived by his wife, Velma; two daughters, Mrs. Jack (Sara)Lore; Molly Louise Crane, 13; two sons, Terrence A. Crane, 9; one granddaughter, Marcene Lorraine, 9 months; two sisters, Mrs. Joan Floyd, Golden, Colorado; and Mrs. July Egan, Northhampton, Mass.; and a brother, W.B. Hoffine, Casper.

Pallbearers were Bill Canady, Vern Knisley, Wm. Jay Smith, John Clemens, Bill Armstrong, and Harold Carothers. Honorary pallbearers were Jack Gillespie, Leonard Shaw, Emmett Carver, Scott Layton, William J. Smith, Sr. and Chester Rice.

Out-of-town relatives and friends attending his funeral were Mrs. Judy Egan, Mr. and Mrs. Harley Coates, Mr. and Mrs. Donald A. Porter, Sr., Mr. and Mrs. Donald Porter, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Archie Austerman, Mrs. Estella Miles, Mr.and Mrs. H.R Woolston, Mrs. Ethel Speas, Mr. and Mrs. A.D. Deedrey, Mr. and Mrs. Norman Bartling, Mrs. Maude Joslyn, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Heller, Sr., Mr. and Mrs. Fred Schltheis, L.C. Gunstrum, Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Hoffine, and Robert A. Henry.

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