Gilbert E. Crane


MENDOTA - Gilbert “Gib” E. Crane, 93, of Mendota passed away Aug. 4, 2020 at Heritage Health, Mendota.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8 at Restland Cemetery, Mendota with Rev. Mary Bohall officiating. Military rites will be conducted by Mendota VFW Post 4079. Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota is handling arrangements.

Gib was born June 4, 1927 in Troy Grove to Nelson and Myrtle (Roe) Crane. He married Marian Kleffmann on Sept. 24, 1961 at Trinity United Church of Christ, LaSalle.

Survivors include his wife of Mendota; three children, daughter Carol Crane of Peru and sons, Mark Crane and Alan Crane, both of Mendota; two sisters, Jean Brueggemann of Menomonee Falls, Wis. and Arlene Schmidt of Mendota; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Harold Crane and Nelson Crane, and three sisters, Roberta, Dorothy and Margaret.

Gib worked at the Mendota Post Office for 48 years where he loved waiting on customers. He was active as Scoutmaster of Troop 106 and Cubmaster and he donated blood for many years. He served in the U.S. Army for two years during World War II. He was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church, Mendota. He enjoyed attending Mendota sporting events.

Memorials may be directed to the family.