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Donald Crane

Donald Curtis Crane PhD

Tuesday, January 12th, 1926 - Wednesday, February 27th, 2019
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Vernon Twp., NJ: Donald Curtis Crane, Phd., 93 years old, died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Wednesday, February 27, 2019. Born to Ralph and Kathryn Crane in Huntington, LI, NY, he lived in Dunellen, NJ before moving to Highland Lakes NJ many years ago, then to the house on Jenny Layne in Vernon NJ.

Donald served with the United States Army during WWII. He then received his BA from Lafayette College in Easton, PA, his MA from Clark University in Worcester, MA and his PHD from Rutgers University where he also served as a professor. Donald served as a teacher for civilian military overseas and also School Superintendent in Stillwater and for the Mendham Twp. Board of Education from 1951 to his retirement in 1988. Donald was a member of the National Association of School Superintendents, the New Jersey Association of School Superintendents and the Wallkill Valley VFW Post # 8441, Vernon Twp., NJ. He enjoyed reading, playing chess, bridge, NY Times crossword puzzles. No one could ever beat him at scrabble. He loved the cabin in Highland Lakes. Younger days sailing, sitting on the patio playing board games and enjoying family and friends there.

Donald is predeceased by his parents, his daughter, Susan Crane-Polizzi, a brother, George W. Crane, grandson, Daniel W. Baker and a nephew, Michael Crane. Donald is the beloved husband of June Crane(nee Dalton) of Vernon Twp., NJ. Devoted father of Leslie Pedersen and her husband, Harold of Vernon Twp., NJ and Jennifer Crane-Ziegler and her husband, Gordon S. Ziegler, III of Stamford, CT. Cherished by 6 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

Memorial visitation and services will be Friday, March 8, 2019 at 6:30 PM at the Wallkill Valley VFW Post # 8441, 313 Route 94, Vernon, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donation in Donald Crane’s memory can be made to VFW Post 8441. Private cremation services by Ferguson-Vernon Funeral Home, 241 Route 94, Vernon, NJ.
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    Friday, March 8th, 2019 | 6:30pm
    Friday, March 8th, 2019 6:30pm
    Wallkill Valley Memorial VFW Post 8441
    313 Rt 94
    VERNON, NJ 07462
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    Wallkill Valley Memorial VFW Post 8441
    313 Rt 94
    VERNON, NJ 07462
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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