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Robert D. "Bob" Crane
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Birth: Jun. 8, 1923
Fountain County
Indiana, USA
Death: Nov. 21, 2008
Tippecanoe County
Indiana, USA

Robert Crane was the son of V.O. and Irene (Julian) Crane. He married Barbara J. Cassel on November 2, 1947 in Crown Point, Indiana.

He is survivied by his wife, three children, Leslie (Gary) Claypool, Robert Joel (Leigh Ann) Crane and Lindsay Rachael) Crane, three brothers, Billy J. (Barbara) Crane, Ronald (Norma) Crane, Phillip (Mary) Crane, five grandchildren, Angela (Gary) Sewell, Deborah (Larry) Leser, Robert Lloyd, Isabella and Gabrielle Crane and five great-grandchildren.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Daniel and Timothy Crane.

He served in the U.S. during World War II as a member of the 188th Glider Infantry Regiment which was part of the 11th Airborne Division. This division was later converted from glider troops to paratroopers. The 11th Airborne took part in the invasion of Leyte in the Philippines and helped secure this island. They then took part in the liberation of the island of Luzon and the Philippines capital of Manila. After the Philippines were secured, the 11th Airborne was sent to Okinawa where it prepared for the invasion of Japan. When the Japanese surrendered, the 11th Airborne were among the first troops to occupy Japan.

In the 1950s, Bob became part owner of the Carbondale Tavern. He had also been employed by the Indiana Department of Revenue and was appointed the West Lebanon Postmaster. He retired in 1990.

He was a member of the West Lebanson Trinity Presbyterian Church West Lebanon and a member of the choir. He was a member of the West Lebanon Lions Club and the Retired Postmasters.

The Journal Courier-Lafayette, IN-November 21, 2008

Family links: 
  Vivian O Crane (1903 - 1967)
  Irene Julian Crane (1903 - 1985)
  Robert D. Crane (1923 - 2008)
  Daniel K. Crane (1927 - 1993)*
  Ron Crane (1930 - 2016)*
  Timothy Crane (1943 - 1966)*
*Calculated relationship
Rainsville Cemetery
Warren County
Indiana, USA
Created by: Bob & Nancy Cannon
Record added: Nov 24, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31681860
Robert D. Bob Crane
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Robert D. Bob Crane
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Robert D. Bob Crane
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T/5 Robert D Crane. WW 11th Airborne, 188GIR. We will never forget.
- Dominique Potier
 Added: Sep. 30, 2016
Thank you for serving. Your unit helped liberate the Los Banos Internment Camp and saved those American Civilians from certain death.
- Tony B
 Added: Sep. 9, 2015

- Judy Ber2c W
 Added: May. 14, 2015
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