The Rev. John Crane was a devoted man of God, said his daughter, Dora Morris.
“Dad was a true man of God. His church came first, and then his family,” she said. “He was the best dad, the best grandfather there was.”
The Rev. Crane, 98, of Valparaiso, died June 10. He served in a dozen Nazarene churches in Northwest Indiana following his ordination in 1942. He also worked 40 years for R.W. Hunt Corp. He was a member of Southlake Church of the Nazarene.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 72 years, Clara Crane, in March 2010.
The couple had met after he had hitchhiked to Arkansas, and she was his first convert after he was ordained. They corresponded through letters for a few years, then he sent her a bus ticket to join him.
“I never remember them fighting about anything. It was true love,” Morris said. “They really loved and trusted each other.”
Crane was devoted to his ministry, and because his churches were small, he worked a full-time job in addition to his duties as minister, his daughter said.
He had performed hundreds, if not thousands, of weddings over the years. He had performed ceremonies for his siblings, his children, his grandchildren and his great-grandchildren.
The final wedding he performed was for his great-granddaughter, in June 2012.
Morris said her father was a great man who always put everyone else first and enjoyed helping others.
“There wasn’t anyone better than he was,” she said. “He was a really good man.”