Dean Milton Crane

Dean Milton Crane, 66, of Overland Park, Kansas, passed away April 18, 2013 at his home. A memorial service will be held Friday, April 26, 2013 at 2 pm at St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church, 12251 Antioch, Overland Park with a reception following. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the charity of your choice.

Dean was born December 2, 1946 in Gardner, Kansas, the son of Oscar and Esther (Hower) Crane. He graduated from Olathe North High School in 1964 and Emporia State in 1968 and received a Master of Arts in 1977 from the University of Kansas. Dean taught for 36 years in the Shawnee Mission School District and especially enjoyed teaching U. S. Government. He loved fishing, tennis, music and people. During his college years, he worked as a chair car attendant for Santa Fe Railroad which was an important life experience for him. Dean was a Fulbright Scholar in Israel during the summer of 1981.

Dean is survived by his wife of 34 years, Joy (Edman) Crane, stepson Jay Myers, brothers: Ivan (Shirley) Crane, Gene (Hideko) Crane, Mark (Kathy) Crane, and Bruce (Jim Mason) Crane, sisters: Gwen Anderson, MaryAnne (Steve) Fasse and Sarah Golinvaux, his mother-in-law Marjorie Edman and brother-in-law, George Edman.


  1. Marilyn Brewer on April 26, 2013 at 7:56 am

    Dear Joy,
    I will always remember team teaching in 7th grade with Dean back in the 70’s. He and I go a long way back to Hocker Grove. I remember him as a young man who loved his students. I will always remember him as a kind and gentle man.Of course, later I came to know you and have the pleasure of teaching with you at West. I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family.

  2. Ray Dennis on April 25, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Those of us who taught with Dean at Shawnee Mission South High School valued his presence on the staff and especially at the “Geezer Breakfasts” since his retirement from SMS. My life is better for having had Dean as a colleague and a friend.

  3. Corliss Jacobs on April 25, 2013 at 6:33 am

    Joy, I’ve been thinking of you all the time since I heard about Dean’s sudden death. You must feel as if you’ve entered an nightmare world. I can tell by what I’ve read that you have a loving and supportive family. And that Dean was admired and loved by students and friends. These things can help. I will continue to hold you in my thoughts.

  4. Jim and Jolene Evans on April 24, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Gwen, Bruce and Jim, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time and may the blessings of God be a comfort to you. Take care now. Jim and Jolene Evans

  5. Patricia Foster on April 24, 2013 at 7:41 am

    Dear Family,

    May God be with everyone and confort you. Your family will be in my prayers.

  6. Barb (Rice) Crago on April 23, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    I always enjoyed visiting with Joy and Dean at our “cousins’ gatherings” at Bruce’s house. He was a very interesting person and always light-hearted and smiling. He reminded me so much of his dad, Oscar. We enjoyed sharing stories of my Kindergarten kids and his high school kids.He will be missed. God blessed him in life with a great family and I know there is a special place for Dean in God’s hands.

  7. Connie (Duncan) Richardson on April 23, 2013 at 10:35 am

    What I most remember about Dean is that in the 60’s when there was much turmoil in society with segregation and such, Dean was the same as I know him now. He never treated me any way but nice. May God bless his family.

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