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Bert Eugene Crane

August 26, 1955 October 12, 2019
Bert Eugene Crane
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Bert Eugene Crane II was born August 26, 1955 in Cushing, Oklahoma to Bert and Beverly (Malone) Crane. The family moved to Guthrie shortly after where Bert attended both grade school and high school, graduating with the Class of 1973. Bert was introduced to Mary Jane Evans in 1975, she invited him to attend church with her and Bert was able to have his eyes and heart opened to the Lord. He was baptized into the General Assembly and Church of the firstborn in December of '75. After baptism Bert made the second most important decision of his life when he married Mary Jane. They were wed at the Turnpike Church of the Firstborn, February 28, 1976. To this union 5 children were born.
Bert and Mary moved several times in the first few years of marriage as they sought to find the Lord's plan for their lives. During these moves Bert worked in several vocations ranging from construction to retail, one of Bert's favorite jobs was his managerial position for Toys-R-Us. Being a bit of a kid at heart Toys-R-Us was the place for him. Several of the memories Bert loved to share were made during this time of his life. One of his favorite was explaining how the workers would "test" the new toys after hours. These trial runs, so to speak, took place in the empty toy store and were a great source of amusement to Bert and his employees. I'm sure he was a great boss. Being a Son of God, Bert came to a place in life where he felt as though his job was taking him too far away from his greatest loves, God and family. His children could testify to the fact that although a kid at heart Bert knew when to be serious and get the job done. With this new direction from the Lord Bert decided to run his own business, during this stage of life he instilled in his sons and daughters the importance of hard work and most importantly to follow where the Lord leads. Another big change came not long after he established his own business, when he felt pressed to leave Oklahoma and relocate to Palisade, Colorado. This move brought him and his family closer than ever when he was blessed to find work at Gateway Construction not only for himself but for his sons' as well. Working alongside his boys created lifelong memories that will be a stay for them in their lives and in the teaching of their own sons.
The time came when Bert again felt the lead of the spirit to move his family, returning them to Oklahoma. During this last part of his journey Bert worked for Spirit Aerosystems as an airplane mechanic. He retired in June from Spirit and with his new found freedom he was able to spend quality time with all of his children, revisiting childhood favorites with his grandchildren in tow he was able to enjoy yet again camping with his family. He and Mary were also able to make a trip to the Pacific Northwest and see their eldest son BJ and his family. While there, Bert was able to lay eyes on the Pacific Ocean for the first time in his life and was in awe of the power of God revealed in the nature that he beheld.
His love for anything in the outdoors, especially fishing and hiking, was something he was able to share with his children throughout the years. He could sit and behold nature, finding this to be a great time to meditate with the Lord and draw closer to Him. He had many hobbies, including collecting vintage car models and working on his International and Ford Fairlane. He also enjoyed taking care of his home aquariums, giving special attention to the decorating of the tank, adding his own personal touches. He was an avid reader, and especially enjoyed history. Although these things were a joy to Bert he didn't neglect the work of the Lord and giving attendance to reading and establishing himself he was a great example to, not only his family in the flesh, but also to the family of God. During Bert's years in the faith he was called into the Ministry where he, amongst other labors, baptized men and women into the General Assembly and Church of the Firstborn and united several in the bonds of matrimony.
On October 12, 2019 Bert passed from this life, surrounded by family and friends, at his residence in Mounds, Oklahoma. Bert is preceded in death by his father Bert Crane Sr. and step-mother Vivian Crane; mother Beverly Ritter and step-dad Johnny Ritter; grandfather Don Malone; Grandmother Reba Barnes and step-grandfather Howard Barnes; and granddaughter Calleigh Byers.
Bert is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Mary Jane; his sister, Dawn Crane Jardot of Stillwater, Oklahoma. His children, daughter Shannara Byers and husband Jason of Mounds, Oklahoma; daughter Kara and husband Dennis Wright of Agra, Oklahoma; son BJ Crane and wife Tamalisa of Olympia, Washington; son Jon Crane and wife Ashlee of Agra, Oklahoma; and son Cory Crane and wife Heidi of Agra, Oklahoma. Eleven grandchildren; Kayla Nance and Kelton of Vici, Oklahoma; Hunter and Kadence Wright of Agra, Oklahoma; Achaia, Breccan and Chanston Crane of Olympia, Washington; Xander Crane of Agra, Oklahoma; Evan and Russell Crane of Agra, Oklahoma; and Grayson Byers of Mounds, Oklahoma; and a host of loved ones and friends
Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in the General Assembly & Church of the Firstborn, Dawson Road in Tulsa.
Burial will be held on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. in the Parkland Cemetery, Parkland, Oklahoma.
The family will have visitation on Wednesday evening at the Church in Tulsa.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial contributions may be paid to the Davis Funeral Home to defray the cost of services.


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Service

Thursday

17

Oct

10:00 AM 10/17/2019 10:00:00 AM
General Assembly Church of the Firstborn

Dawson Road
Tulsa, OK 74115

Viewing will be held at the General Assembly and Church of the Firstborn in Tulsa on Wednesday evening.

General Assembly Church of the Firstborn
Dawson Road Tulsa 74115 OK
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Parkland Cemetery Final Resting Place

Intersection of E0800 Rd & N3460 Rd
Parkland, OK 74824

Intersection of E0800 Rd & N3460 Rd Parkland 74824 OK
United States
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