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James Crane, 57, dies
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - from the USTA Communications Department

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Columbus, OH --- James E. Crane, 57, of Middletown, Ohio, died Jan. 19, 2014.

Mr. Crane was a son of Steven and Ethel (Lainhart) Crane. He worked 35 years for Swifty Gas and Oil at various locations; and most recently as the station manager at Swifty’s in New Paris.

Along with his family he raised, trained and raced Standardbred horses and was well-known in harness racing circles. He is preceded in death by his father on July 1, 1998: maternal grandparents Sanford and Donie Lainhart; paternal grandparents Steve and Mary Crane; and paternal uncle Albert Crane.

Mr. Crane is survived by his mother, Ethel Crane, of Middletown; brother Billy Joe Crane of Middletown: maternal uncles Junior Lainhart and wife Wilma and Jerry Lainhart and wife Pat all of Richmond, Ky.: paternal uncles and aunts Charles Whittamore, J.B. Crane, Beaulah Willis, Eula Combs and Jewel Evans all of Ky.: and a host of cousins.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 am Friday, (Jan. 24) at the Robert L. Crooks Funeral Center at Preble Memory Gardens - 3377 US Rt. 35 - West Alexandria, OH. Mr. Crane's uncle, Charles Whittamore, will officiate the service. Friends may call on the family from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Assn.

Burial Preble Memory Gardens Cemetery. Online condolences at

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