Longtime Homer resident Leslie I. "Les" Crane died Monday, June 25, 2007, at South Peninsula Hospital Long Term Care in Homer in his sleep with his son and daughter-in-law, Ralph and Sandy Crane, at his bedside. He was 90.
A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, at Glacierview Baptist Church in Homer. Friends and family are asked bring a favorite dish to a potluck gathering at the church immediately following the service. Additional memorial and internment services will be held at Halcomb Cemetery in Montgomery Creek, Calif., in early October.
Mr. Crane was born Dec. 28, 1916, in California. In 1959, he first visited Homer and immediately loved it. He was a member of the community of Homer since 1969. Along with his wife, Bessie, he raised their two youngest sons through their last several years of elementary and high school in Homer. He was best known locally as a gunsmith, gun collector, outdoorsman, lodge owner-guide and businessman, owning the old Sporter Arms store with Bessie.
"He was also known to his friends and family as a believer in Christ and a gentleman," his family said.
Mr. Crane was preceded in death by his wife; and son, Ric.
He is survived by his sister, Sue Roscoe, in Cobb Mt., Calif.; brothers, Dave Strong in Berkeley, Calif., and Don Strong in Baja, Mexico; sons, Jim Crane in Eureka, Calif., Ralph Crane in Homer, Thom Crane in Hamilton, Mont., and Fred Crane in San Diego; granddaughters, Cindy Crowell in Redding, Calif., Julie Nelsen in Logandale, Nev., Joy Overson in Menifee, Calif., and Crystal Crane in the Philippine Islands; grandsons, Jess Crane in Hawaii, Brian Crane in Oregon, Les Crane in the Philippine Islands and Rick Crane and Troy Crane both in Redding; and several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews in the Lower 48.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Mr. Crane's name to his two favorite nonprofits, NRA-ILA 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030, or Resources for the Blind, Box 1403 Homer, AK 99603.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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