Howard H Crane Sr.
July 31, 1937 – February 24, 2021
Howard H. Crane, 83, of Walton, passed away on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at home in Walton, surrounded by family.
He was born on July 31, 1937 in West Milford, NJ, the son of Andrew and Minnie (Utter) Crane. He married Gail Winters on November 18, 1961.
Affectionately known as “Pop,” Howard loved to be creative and artistic. He painted beautiful pictures and loved to do cartoons from continental packs on cars in the 50s to saw blades in the recent times.
He loved to work and assist in building and repair projects of people he cared deeply about. He loved his John Deere tractor and insisted he was plowing in our recent snowstorms. He enjoyed making people laugh with his jokes (especially on Grandma) and great storytelling. He loved many people and had many “adopted” children that will miss him very much. Family and friends were “his life.”
Howard attained the 32nd degree in the Masonic Order and was a 47 year member of Harmony Lodge #8 F&AM in northern NJ. He was also a 40 year member of the Scottish Rite.
Howard is survived by his wife of 59 years, Gail Crane; his son, Howard H. Crane, Jr.; his daughter, Jesslyn Crane Forsyth; his grandchildren, Howard Crane 3rd, Rebekah Crane Hayward, Jesse Crane, Cory Forsyth, Taralyn Forsyth; his great grandchildren, Maggie Hayward, Raegan Hayward, and James Crane; his extended family, Patricia & Fred Winters; dearest friends, Pat & Jim Gardepe, Lee Davenport, and Teddy Smith.
He was predeased by his parents; and a brother, Seely Crane.
A private memorial service will take place at the convenience of the family on March 6th in Walton. Another service will be held on a date to be announced in Oak Ridge, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, donations are asked to be made to the Trout Creek Volunteer Fire Department, 8695 County Hwy 27, Trout Creek, NY 13847.
To leave a condolence for the family, please visit www.bennettfh.com.
Arrangements are by the Kenneth L. Bennett Funeral Home, Franklin.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Howard H Crane Sr.
March 13, 2021
Uncle Howard was a very funny and outgoing person. He could always put a smile on your face and make you laugh at any time of day. He would always be loved and respected by everyone. Rest in peace. We all love you so much 💗 💓
March 6, 2021
I want to say that Howard will be very very messed with our family growing up with y’all you are our family I will always remember him as always picking on me but the older I got I could get him back and get that little laugh from him forever and peace Howard🙏
March 1, 2021
Howard Crane is a legend in the Milton/Jefferson Twp side of town, snowplowing for my father, Eugene Baum Trucking, contracted for snowplowing at Picatinny arsenal. A regular at our house for morning coffee and crumb cake with Howard Jr. A good man who will be sorely missed.
Love Kathy Baum
February 28, 2021
Gail and family, I’m sorry to hear of the passing of Howard. I’m glad you found Walton and I have fond memories of the fun your family knew how to have. Wonderful memories keep us going! Sincerely, Lindy Taggart
February 27, 2021
Howard was a true uncle to everyone that has lived or even just been family to anyone living in this valley. He took our family as his own he was the kindest. Hardest working man he loved his family with everything he had. He will be truly missed. We all love you. ❤️❤️
February 26, 2021
Howard was such a great part of everyone’s life. He will be missed. I hope you and your family find peace. Howard and all of you have touched so many heart’s with unconditional love may you all feel at least half of that in return at this difficult time.
February 26, 2021
Howard was one of the greatest. May he rest in peace.