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Charles E. “Gene” McCraney

Charles McCraney

Charles E. “Gene” McCraney was born in Hanley, Texas and grew up in Enid, Okla. and Oklahoma City.
Mr. McCraney attended Oklahoma University, before enlisting in the Army Air Corps in 1944. He was trained as a bomber pilot and was stationed at Watton, England. He flew B17s and B24s during World War II.
After his discharge from the military, he went to work for General Mills in Toledo, Ohio and worked for the company for 30 years.
Upon retirement, he and his wife Carol, moved to Peoria, Ariz. and lived there for 20 years.
He was an avid golfer and showed this by getting three holes-in-one.
The couple moved to Payson in August 1998.
Mr. McCraney is survived by his wife, Carol; six children, Richard (Rosanne) McCraney, Robert McCraney, Lee Ann Shenofsky, James (Jeanine) Bertram, Leslie (Chris) Morris and Curt (Jennifer) Bertram; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and his sister, Carol.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Lynn, his first wife Beverlee and his brother Robert.
A celebration of his life will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 10 at Mount Cross Lutheran Church in Payson.
Donations may be made to Mount Cross Memorial Fund, the Payson Humane Society or a charity of your choice.