Rev. Billy D. Crane, 87, was born on January 1, 1933, in Little Rock, Arkansas. He stepped into heavenly glory on September 17, 2020 from Birchwood Care Center, Hamilton, Ohio.
Billy was born to Rev. Earnest J. and Beatrice (nee Good) Crane.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Mildred J. (nee Campbell) Crane and his brother, James Davis. He is survived by his two sons, David D. Crane (Deanne) of Hamilton, Ohio and Billy R. Crane (Cheryl) of Jacksonville, North Carolina; two grandchildren, Sarah Elizabeth Crane Klimkowski (David) and Andrew James Tyler Crane; one brother Glen Shepherd Crane (June); sister-in-law Nancy Davis, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Rev. Crane earned a bachelor’s degree in History from Trevecca Nazarene College (now University) in Nashville, TN where he met his wife Mildred and attended Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO. Rev. Crane pastored Churches of the Nazarene in Knoxville, Tennessee and Chelyan, Welch, Parkersburg and Grafton, West Virginia for a total of 25 years and was a Commissioned Evangelist for the Church of the Nazarene for almost 22 years. He also served as a pastor "on loan" to the Christian Church in Grafton, WV, for nearly 8 years during his retirement years. He served for nearly 58 years as a minister in the Church of the Nazarene.
Rev. Crane, who had a beautiful bass voice, was an accomplished soloist, often singing in revivals, camp meetings and ordination services, and was featured on the "Showers of Blessing" radio program. He recorded three record albums, one as a solo album, one accompanied by his wife, Mildred, which included a song with his family, and one album featuring the "Crane-Dixon Quartet" with Mildred and their friends, Revs. George and Charlotte Dixon.
Rev. Crane was a jack of all trades and was master of quite a few of them. In addition to being a pastor, an evangelist and a musician, he also was a piano tuner, a sound system engineer & installer, an electrician, a plumber, a carpenter, a logger, a block & brick mason, an auto mechanic, an amateur radio hobbyist and also provided chiropractic treatments to family members! He loved to use these skills to help the churches where he held revivals, and to assist friends, relatives, neighbors and anyone in need. He helped establish a halfway house for recovering alcoholics, was a past President of the White Pine Holiness Camp and directed youth camps for the West Virginia District Church of the Nazarene.
Rev. Crane encouraged and mentored countless individuals over the years. Thousands of people were influenced to follow Christ as their Savior through Rev. Crane's ministry, example and influence. Only in eternity will we be able to trace the full impact of his lifetime of love for Christ and his service to Christ's church and the world!
Family and friends will be received Friday, September 25 from 6-8 PM at Tufts Schildmeyer Family Funeral Home, 129 N Riverside Ave, Loveland, OH 45140.
Services will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, September 26 at Loveland Wesleyan Chapel, 6821 Oakland Road, Loveland, OH 45140.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.tuftsschildmeyer.com.