William Owen "Bill" CraneWilliam Owen "Bill" Crane, age 78, of rural Eldred, MN, and a former longtime Crookston, MN resident and businessman, died Thursday afternoon, May 16, 2013, at the Altru Hospital in Grand Forks. Bill was born on March 21, 1935 at Winona, MN, the son of William and Otelia (Quamme) Crane. As an infant he moved with his family to Crookston, where he grew up and graduated from Central High School in 1953. After graduation he worked for Northern Plumbing, while also enlisting in the Minnesota National Guard and serving from 1953-61. On July 25, 1959 Bill was united in marriage to Marilyn Yvonne Mellom at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston. He later began working for Associated Plumbing, and in 1965 established his own business, Crane Plumbing and Heating. With Marilyn at his side, Bill operated his very successful business until 1990. For the next five years he served as Maintenance Supervisor for American Crystal Sugar in Crookston, before becoming Field Supervisor for Industrial Contract Services of Grand Forks. Very sadly, Marilyn passed away on August 16, 2007 after a lengthy illness. Bill retired from ICS in 2012 due to his own declining health. Bill was very active in the Trinity Lutheran Church, and also held memberships and offices, past and present, in the Jaycees, Chamber of Commerce, UMC Athletic Boosters, Pirate Boosters, Blue Line Club, Eagles Aerie, Masonic Lodge, and Kem Temple Shrine. His favorite pastimes included bowling, golfing, hunting, and fishing, and during their forty-eight year marriage he and Marilyn enjoyed world travel. Keeping pace with the activities of their children and granddaughters was the greatest joy of all.
Loving family members include Bill's son and daughter-in-law, Dan and Brenda Crane of Crookston, MN; daughter, Diane Crane, and her special friend, Rick Halverson, of Minneapolis, MN; three granddaughters, Elizabeth, Caitlin (fiance', Max LaCoursiere), and Madison Crane; two sisters-in-law and two brothers-in-law: Lois Miller of Oxbow, Sask., Canada, Carole and Bill Nelson of East Grand Forks, MN, and Ralph Mellom of Greenville, SC; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. In addition to Marilyn, his beloved wife of forty-eight years, Bill was preceded in death by his parents; and an infant brother.