Dale O. Cranston - December 12, 2013

Dale O. Cranston, 70, of Aurora, died peacefully at his home with his loving family at his side on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. To honor Dale’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a celebration of life ceremony will take place in the summer of 2014 for family and friends. Memorials may be given to N.A.R.F.(Native American Rights Fund), 1506 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302-6296, email webmaster@narf.org. Online condolences may be directed to www.livson.com.
He was born on May 24, 1943, in Portola, Calif., to Lawrence and Evalyn (Crawford) Cranston. They later moved to Stockham, where he was raised on the family farm. Dale graduated from Aurora High School in 1960. He entered the United States Navy on Oct. 18, 1960, and was honorably discharged on March 25, 1964. Dale remained active in the American Legion after his discharge. Shortly thereafter, he attended the University of Kansas, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in electrical engineering.
After graduating from KU, Dale opened an electronic store in Baldwin, Kan. Dale was an inventor and had several patents issued in the 1990s related to veterinary science and the dental industry. While working and residing in Kansas, he obtained his commercial pilot’s license. He was also involved in Operation Wildlife Rescue in Lawrence, Kan.
He moved back to the Stockham area in Hamilton County in 2003. He then retired as a consultant from Veterinary Services for Animal Specialties, Inc. in Carthage, Mo., in 2004.
Dale was united in marriage on Sept. 23, 2006, to Connie Collingham, the love of his life. Dale and Connie enjoyed spending time at their winter home in Texas, where they met and made some very special friends.
Dale served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) in Hall, Hamilton, Howard and Merrick counties. More recently, Dale received his teaching certificate from Wayne State and had been substitute teaching for the last three years in the Giltner Public Schools.
Dale had a passion and love for Native American culture and was active in the Native American Rights Fund. Dale was also a gifted player of the Native American flute.
Dale wanted to be remembered for “giving back” to Native Americans and donated land to the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma shortly before his passing.
He loved his four-legged friends and was an active member of Doberman Rescue in Kansas City and Omaha. He also had an interest in martial arts and earned his black belt in Tae Kwon Do and Judo and also practiced Tai Chi.
Survivors include his beloved wife, Connie Cranston; stepson, Bob Smith (Tonya) of Aurora; stepdaughter, Mary York of Omaha; four stepgrandchildren, Jacob York of Aurora, Taylor York of Kansas City, Mo., Connor and Parker Smith of Aurora; and sister, Janette Burch of Rowe, N.M.. He was preceded in death by sister, Deanna Kay; mother, Evalyn; father, Lawrence.
In closing, Dale died on a clear blue wintry afternoon in his lovely home. Aho.

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