William J. Crane, 84, of Alton, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.
He was born on Feb. 11, 1930, in Alton, the son of the late Joseph and Beatrice (Loftis) Crane.
William married his beautiful angel Bonita Brooks on June 1, 1952, in Bethalto and she survives.
Other survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Debra and Bret Doiron of Prairie Du Rocher and Julie and Jack Graham of Alton; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Michael and Lisa Crane of Bethel, Mo., and Gary Crane of Alton; four grandchildren, Jeremy, Bobbie, Jessica and Chelsea; stepgrandchildren; seven great-grandchildren, Evan, Phillip, Joseph, Lexy, Xander, Jason and Jazmyn; and two sisters, Patricia Rose of Alton and Bonnie Trail of Godfrey.
William was formerly employed as a machine operator in the decorating department at Owens-Illinois Glass Works. He enjoyed fishing. William was a re-enactor for the French Marines. He was a professional recycling engineer.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers and a sister.
In celebration of his life, visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until time of funeral services at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at Pitchford Funeral Home in Wood River. Burial will follow at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto.
Memorials are suggested to the family and will be accepted at the funeral home.
Online guestbook available at www.pitchfordfuneralhome.com.