Walter Thomas Crane
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Walter Thomas Crane
  • August 13, 1930 - October 9, 2017
  • Columbia, Missouri

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W. Thomas “Bub” Crane, 87, of Columbia passed away on Monday, October 9, 2017, at his residence surrounded by family.



Visitation will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday, October 13, 2017, at Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, October 13, 2017, at Memorial Funeral Home, with Rev. Tracy Cook officiating. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.



Bub was born on August 13, 1930, in Boone County the son of Russell and Wilhma (Smith) Crane, both of whom preceded him in death. He was married on August 26, 1955, in Lawrence, Kansas, to Doris Gruber, who survives at the home.



During the 1950’s and 1960’s, he and his two brothers owned and operated Crane’s Barber Shop on Ninth Street in Columbia. He worked as a barber at his home until the early 1970’s. Later, with his son Tony, he owned and operated W. Thomas Crane Construction Company and developed a trailer park on South Providence. He enjoyed dancing with Doris at the VFW, fishing and hunting, sports, coaching little league, riding horses and playing cards. He was a member of Eagles #2730 and Nashville Baptist Church. Bub served in the United States Army as well as the United States Marine Corps. He loved spending time at Sugar Creek Lake, but most of all spending time with family and friends. Bub was a talented storyteller.



Besides his wife, he is survived by: three children: Keith Ray Crane and wife Deanna Rae; Tony Lee Crane and wife Linda; Dana Sue Crane-Perry and husband Mark, all of Columbia; four grandchildren: Jason Davis, Courtney Thompson and husband David, Kyle Crane, and Justine Moser and husband David; two great grandchildren: Blake Davis and Averi Thompson, and one great grandson to be Easton Neil Moser; one sister, Dorothy Potts of Indianola, Iowa; and one brother, Allen B. Crane and wife Mary of Columbia. He was preceded in death by one brother, Harold Crane; and two great-grandsons, Garrett Walter and Wyatt Ray Thompson.



Memorials are suggested to Central Missouri Honor Flight.