William “Stew” Stewart Crane, 80, formerly of Columbia, passed away Sunday, June 16, 2019, at home with his wife at his side.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 20, 2019, at Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, June 21, 2019, at Memorial Funeral Home, with Chaplain Jim Bolin officiating.

“Stew” was born Sept. 23, 1938, in Boone County, the son of Arley Dee Crane and Sarah Elizabeth Powell Crane, who preceded him in death. He graduated from Hickman High School in 1956. On September 26, 1980, at Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist, he was united in marriage to Velma Mellon Crane, who survives at their home.

“Stew” enjoyed dancing, camping, fishing, playing cards and listening to country music. He also enjoyed spoiling all of his grandchildren. He owned and operated Crane’s Floor Sanding, and he refinished many floors throughout Boone County. He was employed by University of Missouri Hospital for 38 years.

For the past several years, “Stew” and Velma lived in Edinburg, Texas, where he was a member of Maranatha Baptist Church in McAllen. He served on the Awana Missions and Fellowship Committee, and he also enjoyed working with its Vacation Bible School.

Survivors include his wife, Velma; two sons, Ronnie Crane of Hallsville and Mike (Teena) Crane of Bloomington, Illinois; a stepson, Randy (April) Sumpter of Kansas City; one brother, Dale (Hazel) Crane of Columbia; five grandchildren, Cody Crane, Jessica (Logan) Cole, Morgan Crane (Andy Rhoades) and Catie and Gage Sumpter; three great-grandchildren, Harley Benson, Amelia Allen and Elliott Cole; and a host of nieces and nephews. “Stew” was preceded in death by his parents and a sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Jim Wilson.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Maranatha Baptist Church in McAllen, Texas.

Online condolences may be made at memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

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