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Thomas E. “Tom” Crannell, age 61, of Tekamah, passed away suddenly early on Wednesday morning, Aug. 10, 1988, at the Memorial Community Hospital in Blair, Nebraska.
Tom was born on July 18, 1927 at Herman, Nebraska to Bryce and Gail (Baldwin) Crannell. He was united in marriage to Gwen Sklenar on November 9, 1952 at Tekamah. Tom lived in and near Tekamah nearly all his life, with the exception of a brief period of time in his childhood when he lived with his family in Montana.
Mr. Crannell served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and was a member of the American Legion Post in Tekamah, Tekamah Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3307, and served for many years on the Tekamah Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad. Tom worked as a City Mail Carrier for over twenty years until retiring on November 16, 1982. He was a long-time member of the Tekamah United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Gwen Crannell of Tekamah; one son, Steve Crannell of Goose Creek, South Carolina; one daughter, Susan (Mrs. Stan) Penke of rural Craig; two grandchildren; Jason & Kelly Penke; one brother, John Crannell of Omaha and one sister, Sharon of Council Bluffs, Iowa. Tom was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Faye Ann Stricklett in 1976.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday Aug. 12, 1988 at the United Methodist Church in Tekamah with Rev. Marion H Knoell and Rev. Thomas E. Robson officiating. Interment will be in the Tekamah Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Hamel & Peck Funeral Home in Tekamah, where family may call after 9 a.m. of Thursday.
~~~Obituary courtesy of the Nebraska Washington County Genealogical Society. Newspaper clippings and leaflets on file in the Public Library, Blair, Nebraska ~~~