Timothy Allen Crane, beloved uncle, brother, father, grandfather, and husband, drew his last breath on Friday, July 29, 2022, surrounded by loved ones and listening to his favorite songs.
Tim or “Ace” or “Top Cat”, as he was known to others, was born September 29, 1960 in Shawnee, Oklahoma to Charles and Ilene Crane. He was the fourth of six boys, with whom he created chaos and ruckus, driving their parents crazy with drag racing sports cars on the weekends. He was born and raised in the Sooner State, and when he moved to Longview in 1984, he made sure to wear his Crimson Red to show off his team’s National Championship pride to the Longhorn natives.
You would find Timothy Crane filling out Sweepstakes entry cards at the mall saying he was Batman and living in Gotham City. He was a jokester, always making his nephews and nieces laugh at reunions or cracking wise jokes to his buddies at the Longview News-Journal, where he worked the night shift as head foreman and supervisor for the pressroom for 31 years.
He met Barbara, the love of his life, in June 1985, when he knocked three separate times on her door to ask her out on a date. Barb was listening to her stereo and almost didn’t hear the door to answer it. Thank goodness she did, because that opened the door for 37 years together. Together, they raised two children, Brittney and Chance. The Cranes shared many memories as a family, with trips to Six Flags, Disney, watching movies, and going ghost hunting together being a few. Tim also loved to spend time with his one-year-old granddaughter Charlotte whom he educated with good music by singing Elvis together.
Tim was the hardest worker, running on no sleep to work and to raise a family. He really proved this in the last few years of his life when he fought to get out of the hospital each time to return home to be with his family. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Crane; children, Brittney and Chance; and granddaughter Charlotte. He is also to be remembered by his brothers, Randy; David; Charlie; Scott; and Mike, who he happily got to spend one more reunion with a month before his passing. He is survived by many sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews whom he adored. He is preceded in death by both his parents, Charles and Ilene; father-in-law, Norman Theres; brother and sister-in-law, Guy and Carol Jacobs; and niece Tanya Rowe.
To quote one of Tim’s favorite songs “El Dorado”, we wish Tim “the best journey on riding to the end of the rainbow.”
The family of Timothy Crane would like to invite friends for a time of visitation on Thursday, August 4, 2022 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the Garden Court of Welch Funeral Home. A Life celebration service will be held on Friday, August 5, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Welch Funeral Home to celebrate a life well-lived and to heft a defiant fist to organ failure. The family has requested that those in attendance abide by a casual dress code as Tim was never a suit and tie kind of guy.