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Hugh R. Crane, 81

February 27, 2009

JAN. 26, 1928-FEB. 25, 2009

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Retired U.S. Navy Cmdr. Hugh Roy Crane, 81, of Berkeley Springs, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009, at his home.

Born Jan. 26, 1928, in Clinton, S.C., he was the son of the late Walker C. and Lillian Cole Crane.

He served in the Navy from Jan. 2, 1946, until his retirement Sept. 1, 1979.

He was of the Protestant faith.

He was a member of The Retired Officer Association of Alexandria, Va., The Navy Cryptologic Veterans Association of Washington, D.C., the Military Officer Association of America, AARP and Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 1483.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Dorothy May Mussaw Crane, at home; three daughters, Karen A. Sellner of Clarksville, Tenn., and Susan C. Mann and Lydia M. Havermale, both of Berkeley Springs; two sons, Steven P. Crane of Alexandria, Va., and John C. Crane of Dayton, Ohio; 18 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; nieces; and nephews.

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He was preceded in death by two brothers, Kenneth D. Crane and Robert Crane.

Services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, Berkeley Springs. Chaplain Cheri May will officiate. Burial with graveside military honors provided by the Tri-State Honor Guard will be at Friendship Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home in Berkeley Springs. The funeral home will be open from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday for the convenience of family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, 162 Court St., Charleston, WV 25301 or to Mooseheart, 115 S. International Drive, Mooseheart, IL 60539.

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