Earl Thomas Crannage, 89, of Swansea, IL, born October 23, 1922, in Belleville, IL, died Saturday, June 2, 2012, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.
Mr. Crannage was a machine designer for Emerson Electric. He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran who served two years in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater with the 229th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Searchlight Battalion. Earl was one of the founding members of St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL. He was also an avid hunter, fisherman, gardener, and golfer.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Marie, nee Holzman, Crannage, whom he married May 31, 1947, and who died December 29, 2006; his parents, George and Josephine, nee Schwellensattl, Crannage; a son-in-law, Erich Sippel; a brother and sister-in-law, Arthur Sr. and Marie Crannage; and a nephew, Arthur Crannage Jr.
Surviving are a son and a daughter, Ronald (Carol) Crannage of Millstadt, IL,
and Barbara Sippel of Wayne, PA;
four grandchildren, Andrew and Ashley Crannage,
Evan Sippel, and Katherine (Jake) Burns;
a great-grandson, Jack Burns;
a brother-in-law, Frank Holzman;
and nieces, Cindy Kaye and Rosemary Crocker.
Memorials may be made to St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.
Funeral: Funeral procession will leave at 9:40 a.m. Wednesday, June 6, 2012, from George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. Marvin Volk officiating.
Burial will be in Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.