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William Crans

February 19, 1927 — August 23, 2009

William F. Crans

Age 82, formerly of Elmira Heights and Hector, NY, passed away on Sunday, August 23, 2009.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Thursday, Aug. 27, from 2-4pm and 6-7pm. A funeral service will be held at 7:00pm at the funeral home; Rev. Richard Hack officiating. Burial will be held at Maple Grove Cemetery in Horseheads on Friday at 10:00am.

Bill was born in Elmira, the son of William and Gladys Crans. He was predeceased by his parents; also wife Marleah Crans in 2003; and grandchildren Elizabeth and Peter Crans. He is survived by his children, Charlene (Theodore) Murdock of Bradenton, FL; Darryl (Sheri) Crans of Big Flats, David (Kathy) Crans of Watkins Glen, and Debbie (E.A) Downey of Salem, VA; sister Marilyn Crans Lindgren of Elmira Heights; grandchildren, Wendy Reid, Kevin Murdock, Jessica Crans, Amanda Crans, Renea Downey, Melissa Downey, and Adam, Rose, Sarah, and Brandi Crans; and special friend Gerald Tobey.

He honorably served in WWII in the US Navy; and retired from Hartinge Brothers in 1984. Bill was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church of Horseheads, and American Legion Post #154 of Elmira.

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