James A. Crane

By June 7, 2017 Obituaries

James A. Crane, 68, of Summerville, SC died Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 from ALS. He is survived by his wife of 47 yrs., Cynthia (Liudahl) Crane, son Christopher (Alison) Crane, daughter Alexa (Casey) Tomich, and grandchildren Bailey, Porter, Lauren, & Julia.

Jim grew up in Leeds and Devils Lake, ND graduating high school in 1966 and as a pharmacist in 1971 from NDSU. He was then awarded a direct commission into the Navy and served as a pharmacist for 20 years. Commander Crane retired in 1991 as the Chief of Pharmacy Services Naval Hospital Charleston. He then continued his career as a Pharmacy Manager in Seattle, WA. until 2010 when he and Cynthy retired and moved to Summerville. He enjoyed golfing but most of all volunteering on Thursdays, affectionately known as “Crane Day”, at the Naval Weapons Clinic pharmacy.

He is also survived by his Mother, Livonia Crane of Devils Lake, ND, Jerry (Monica) Crane of Fargo, ND, Jean (Jim) Jurgens of Hamilton, MI, and Jane (Roger) Gage of Marysville, WA. He was preceded in death by his Father, Walter “Red” Crane, and his sister, Joanne File.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, July 2nd at 2pm at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in downtown Summerville, SC with a light reception immediately following. Inurnment at Arlington National Cemetery will take place later.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice, ALS or USO.




  • Kate miller says:

    Go fly with the birds in the air now you are free. May god be with all the family at his lost. He will be missed at st Luke’s church Unto we join up in heaven with you and god and angels in the sky and below. From a member at st Luke’s church kate miller. God thanks for giviving him life .

  • Daniel Geiger says:

    Dear Cynthy and Family,
    We were so sad to hear of Jim’s passing, and want to send our sincere condolences to you and the Crane family. We were very fortunate to have spent a “tour” with you in Portsmouth and Virginia Beach. We became Navy family for life and was able to stay in touch with visits in SC an WA. Thank you for the camaraderie.
    Love, Dan & Judy Geiger

  • Dave Woker says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Please accept my condolences. I was lucky enough to have Jim as my first pharmacy officer when I joined the Navy. He was the best role model a junior officer could have had. He will stay alive in our hearts and minds. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and the family.
    Love, Dave Woker

  • Len Fogelsonger says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Kathryn and I send our sincere condolences to you and your family. Please stay in touch. Len and Kathryn Fogelsonger

  • Edward Dunn says:

    Please accept my sincere condolences with the passing of Jim. He was a great guy and fun to be around. I believe he is in paradise now and I envy the peace and love that he feels. We will all miss him.

  • Ronnie E Whiten says:

    Mary Ann and I are very saddened by the passing of Jim. We had so much fun together in the Navy. Always smiling, regardless of the circumstance, always providing sound, solid advise. If one were to define a Naval Officer or Pharmacist, look no further than Jim. Honest, trustworthy, faithful, loyal, loving of his family (Navy and personal). I relied and trusted Jim’s thoughts and opinions on a subject, as I know I would get a straight answer.
    God Bless the Crane family, we will miss him.

  • Cynthy Crane says:

    Thank you for your kind words. Jim was a fantastic guy right up to the end. He never complained, it just wasn’t his nature. At the end of each caregiver’s shift, he would look them into the eye and say “thank you for all you do for me”. Needless to say, they highly respected him. I was the lucky one to get to walk him Home to be with his Lord forever. Cynthy