Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Obituary : Thomas Crane, Bloomington World Telephone, August 16, 1948

Thanks to the folks at the Monroe County, Indiana Public Library, I was able to obtain a copy of the obituary of my maternal 3rd-great granduncle, Thomas Crane (1871-1948), the husband of Mary Florence Gilliland.  The obituary appeared in the August 16, 1948 edition of the World Telephone in Bloomington, Indiana.

Thomas Franklin Crane, 77-year old former grocery store owner at New Unionville, died Sunday at 7 a.m. at his home, Bloomington Route Five.  He had been ill for the past year and bedfast for 10 weeks.  Death was attributed to complications.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Allen chapel with Rev. W.C. Chafin officiating.  Interment will be in Payne cemetery.  The remains will continue to lie in state at the mortuary.
Pall bearers for the services will be George, John, Elmer, Austin Crane, Horace White and Virgil Emmerett.  Flower bearers will be Sadie, Ruth and Alice Crane, Josie White, Olive Emmerett and Elizabeth Baxter.
Born in Greene county May 9, 1871, Mr. Crane was the son of George and Martha Anderson Crane. He had lived in the New Unionville community for many years, later moving to Kirby, then to the George Deckard property which he purchased and moved into some three months ago.
Survivors include two sons, Millard of Indianapolis, Robert Lee who is serving in the Navy in China; six daughters, Dorothy and Louise at home and Mrs. William Ruggles and Mrs. Robert Balser, both of Monroe county, and Mrs. William Webel and Mrs. Floyd Kerchner, both of Cincinnati; one brother, J. Wesley Crane of Los Angeles and four grandchildren. 

The obituary gives me some clues regarding the residences of his children at the time of his death and adds biographical details for me to update in my database.

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