Williamsport Grit, Aug 20th, 2003 Allen E. Crandall; On the morning of July 24, 2003, Canton Lake Hill resident Allen Eugene Crandall passed away peacefully at Dar-Way Nursing Home after a brief illness. He was 81 years of age. Born in Williamsport on Jan. 25, 1922, he was the son of Burdette Robert and Ella Mae (James) Crandall. An accomplished classical musician, Mr. Crandall's musical prowess manifested itself by the age of five. He became a boy chorister at Trinity Episcopal Church in Williamsport, where he also studied piano and organ. He would later serve as organist and choirmaster at Trinity, officiating at the 400th anniversary celebration of the English Book of Common Prayer. Mr. Crandall also served as organist at Christ Episcopal Church in Williamsport, and substituted at other churches in the city, as well as churches in Mansfield and Jersey Shore. As a youth he attended Williamsport Elementary School, and spent two years at Williamsport High School before transferring to a school in Connecticut. He answered our country's call to arms during World War II, serving with the Army Air Corps. He was trained in radar and electronic design. During his tour of duty he was sent to India and across the Himalayas to a one man radar station in southwestern China. He spent many months alone there, and his father's cousin, Rhoda Hackett, then editor of the Canton Independent-Sentinel, wrote a story about Mr. Crandall's China experience. Following the war he earned a B.A. from Mansfield and an M.A. from Penn State. He taught music in Potter County schools, and later at a private Episcopal school in Hawaii. He also became an electrical engineer. During the Cold War of the 1950s and 60s, Mr. Crandall traveled to numerouscountries as a technical representative of Philco Corporation, helping to install the Distant Early Warning System, which gave warning of any enemy missiles being launched across the globe. He designed installations for defense sites in Iceland, Greenland, the Pacific Northwest, Spain, Trinidad, Italy and Germany. Mr. Crandall was a 35-year resident of St. John's Island, S.C., from the early 1960s, where he did electrical designs for the defense projects at Charleston Naval Shipyard, until moving to Canton Township about six years ago. He was also a partner in the firm, Associated Designers. Technology fascinated him, from the old one-cylinder generator at the family's summer home on Lake Nephawin, to creating his own sound recording studio, to developing color photographic film, to the mechanical and electrical workings of pipe organs, to steam locomotives. As a boy, he often boarded the Williamsport to Canton train with his bicycle in the baggage car, and then would bicycle home at the end of the weekend. A strong advocate of animal rights and a great lover of nature, Mr. Crandall eventually made the summer home on Canton's Lake Nephawin his permanent residence. Mr. Crandall is survived by nieces, Mrs. Warren (Janie) Erb and Jacqueline Crandall Kurtz of Williamsport; nephews, James Crandall Jr. of Williamsport and Bob Musko of Hackettstown, N.J., and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews. He is also survived by cousins, Shirley Tice of Elmira, N.Y., and Edna Rundgen of N.C.
Services of Christian Burial are scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Troy, with the Rev. Fletcher Harper of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, executive director of Partners of Environmental Quality, officiating. Interment will follow in Park Cemetery, Canton.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Western Alliance Emergency Services, P.O. Box 13, Troy, PA 16947. Professional services have been entrusted to Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Inc.