Charles Herbert Crane 1922 - 2009 Lawrence
Services for Charles Herbert “Pete” Crane, M.D., 87, Lawrence, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the First United Methodist Church in Manhattan, with the Rev. Diana Chapel officiating. Private family graveside services will be in the Sunrise Cemetery, Manhattan.
Dr. Crane died Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009, at the Brandon Woods Health Center.
He was born Aug. 18, 1922, in Newark, N.J.
He was a graduate of Blair Academy, Blairstown, N.J.; Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn.; and Cornell University Medical College, New York, N.Y. He was a member of Alpha Delta Phi fraternity and served as a flight surgeon in the United States Navy.
Dr. Crane was a pediatrician. He practiced in Livingston, N.J., and Sidney, N.Y., before moving to Manhattan in 1961. He was part of the original group that founded the Manhattan Medical Center. He retired in 1990.
Dr. Crane served on the school board for the Manhattan-Ogden school district, the library board in Manhattan, and the Riley County Museum Board. After his retirement, he volunteered at a community clinic. He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church.
Dr. Crane visited Haiti numerous times as a medical missionary with the Kansas East Conference of the United Methodist Church. He enjoyed photography, flying, studying history and flight, and was a supporter of the Democratic Party.
He married Virgene Graybill on June 7, 1947. She preceded him in death May 2, 2007.
Survivors include three daughters, Nancy Crane, Lawrence, Janet Boucher and husband Michael, Leavenworth, and Holly Smith and husband Bill, Gardner; a son, David Crane and his partner Jeffrey Wells, Washington, D.C.; two step-grandchildren, Jennifer and Ivan Smith; and a niece, Gay Weiss, Manhattan.
A visitation reception will follow the service in fellowship hall of the church.
The family suggests memorials to the First United Methodist Church in Lawrence or the Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., sent in care of the Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home, 1317 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan, KS 66502.
Online condolences may be made at irvinparkview.com.