Howard J. Crane, 1904-2007

Howard James Crane died May 7 at the Carefree Assisted Living Home in Cottonwood, where he had resided since July 2005.

Mr. Crane was 102 years old.

He was born in Blissfield, Mich., Aug. 24, 1904.

His working career was spent with the telephone company, being hired by Western Electric in Toledo, Ohio, in November 1923  He completed his working years as an instructor  for Mountain Bell in Phoenix and retired on Jan. 1, 1967.

Howard and wife Helen moved to Sedona in the summer of 1969 and made their final move to The Sunset Mobile Home Park in 1973 where he remained until he reached the grand old age of 100. On his 100th birthday, he threw out the opening pitch for an Arizona Diamondbacks baseball game.

Howard  was a member of the Wayside Chapel in Sedona from 1969 until his move to Cottonwood.

Howard was preceded in death by his wife, Helen; his parents, Alfred and Hattie Crane; four sisters Edna, Hazel, Iva and Vivian; and one brother, Harold; and his daughter-in-law, Anne Crane.

He is survived by son John; daughter Mary Lou and her companion Bev Soule; four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Family and friends will have the opportunity to gather for a celebration of Howard's life to be held at the Sunset Mobile Home Park  in Sedona June 2, 1 p.m.  Interment will be private at the Sedona Memorial Park.   

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Northern Arizona Hospice or Dawn Brady, his great-granddaughter who had been his primary caregiver for many years.

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