Thomas Craner

August 18, 1947 - September 23, 2017

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Thomas Edward Craner, 70, of Edgewood, KY, passed away on Saturday, September 23, 2017. Tom and his loving wife of 49 years, Diane Wellbrock Craner, were both 1965 graduates of Holy Cross High School. He was a Vietnam Veteran and served his country as a sergeant in the Army. Tom was a member of Heritage Fellowship, 7216 US HWY 42, Florence, KY 41042, and he served as Deacon and Elder for 35 years. He also taught Sunday School with the Church. Tom was Co-Founder, President and CEO of Atlantic Pacific Air & Transport and owner of T.E.C. Transport. Tom was a true Servant and Disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ. He was preceded in death by his parents: Thomas and Madge Craner. In addition to his wife, Diane, survivors include daughters: Nicole (Columbus) Rankin and Michelle (Ray) Arnold; brother: Mike Craner; grandchildren: Cole, Mia, Owen, Ellie, Maddox and Micah and several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be at Heritage Fellowship on Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 10 AM until the funeral service at 12 PM (noon). Interment and Honor Guard services will be at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery (North) in Williamstown, KY. Memorials are suggested to Heritage Fellowship or Redwood Rehabilitation Center. Connley Brothers Funeral Home, 11 East Southern Avenue, Covington (Latonia), KY 41015, is serving the family. Online condolences may be expressed on Facebook or at


Louis Flege - Sep 29, 2017

I’m truly, deeply saddened to hear of Tom’s passing. He was one of the nicest, kindest and best men that I’ve ever known and the pleasure to call a friend. May there Lord bring your family peace and comfort through this. God Bless. R.I.P. Tom

jeanie domyan - Sep 28, 2017

Dear family of Tom Craner, Sincere condolences from your friends at Ft. Wright UDF. Tom was a frequent visitor who enjoyed a little relaxing time in the ice cream parlor with a cup of coffee,at times taking a break from a motorcycle ride. What a lovely man! Always a smile and warm greeting. He will be missed. Bless you all and may he rest in peace.

Camilla Page - Sep 28, 2017

I am truly sorry that Tom is no longer with you here. I know he was a faithful Godly man who is with Jesus now and I pray that is great comfort for you all. Because he was a faithful servant he also will be missed by his church family and the community. Because he was faithful to pray for people like my son two years ago he will be missed by my family. He asked me how my son was every time I seen him and that he was still praying for him. So his faithfulness to God was a gift to so many that you may never know. I pray God will reveal to you the depth of his touch on so many lives. We pray for the family today and always. May God surround you with his love and remind you of great memories.

Scott & Golden Roberts - Sep 27, 2017

Diane and the Craner family, please know our deepest sympathy is with you and your family. Our hearts are sad for all those who must continue on in this life trying to fill the void that has been created. We pray God’s loving, comforting touch to fill that void until the day when we are all re-united.

Fred & Nancy Hill - Sep 27, 2017

“Abwoon De Bwash Maya…”
Nancy & I both Pray you & your family finds, & feels, the Holy C omfort which only our Lord God “Yeshuah’s Holy Spirit” can give you; in this, your time of sadness; until the Harpazo/Resurrection.
We remember; & we respect the memories of yore! We know…
Amen! Fred & Nancy Hill

Kathy Goetz Kreger - Sep 27, 2017

Diane, My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family, Such a tragedy. I know the pain you are going through. God will help you through it.

Gary F. Novak - Sep 27, 2017

So sorry for your loss Diane, I remember Tom well. God Bless

Billie Jean - Sep 26, 2017

Diane and family as I read each condolence I could feel the sorrow and love from all. I hope you to feel this love and it will comfort you in this very sad time. Know Gods arms are around you. My prayers to you all. Know if I can do anything I will. Love to you all.

Ken Rump - Sep 26, 2017

Diane and Family.
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you and your family on the loss of Tom. He leaves behind a precious gift, love of God and for you and your entire family. I will pray that all of you find comfort in that love in the days to come. Ken

Kathy Lambert Ponder - Sep 26, 2017

So saddened to hear about Tom, I had a very nice conversation with him a few years back. My prayers are with the entire family.

Tom Hall - Sep 26, 2017

Diane I am so sorry about the loss of Tom. Tom and I would spend much time in his office talking and shooting the breeze and it’s been a pleasure working for him the best man I’ve ever worked for. With all our condolences Tom Isabella, and Katelyn

Carol Heupel - Sep 25, 2017

So sorry Diame ,my condolences and prayers are with you and your family. Peace be with all of you.

Susie Magnafichi - Sep 25, 2017

Michelle – So sorry to hear about your loss. I want to extend my deepest sympathy to you and your family and pray that your faith can help to console you during this time. I hope the sweet memories of him carry you through.

Jack and Phylis Mourning - Sep 25, 2017

We were just reading about Tom’s passing on Facebook. Please know we are praying for you. Jack and I considered you both some of our dearest friends while we lived in Kentucky. Jack speaks often of his times of teaching on sundays at Heritage with Tom. He was a great man of God. There is a great reward for him in Heaven.

Gary Simon Sr - Sep 25, 2017

So sorry to hear of this. He was a friend who always greeted me with enthusiasm and consistently displayed his love for Jesus. It was a pleasure for our family to spend time with Tom and Diane at church – good people! One of the good guys…gone too soon. At times like this, it is good to know “the Resurrection and the Life.” God be with Diane and family.

Dennis Kelley - Sep 25, 2017

My sincere condolences to all the family and friends of my friend Tom.
Although circumstances separated us, and I had not seen Tom, nor his wife Diane since 1962,I always attempted to stay in contact, and always hoped to see them at various reunions, or parties.
Unfortunately, that never happened, but I always considered Tom and Diane among my circle of friends from those halcyon days of high school.
I hope that his family and friends can take solace in knowing that Tom is now with the Lord he served.
I will miss him, and lament that we never had the opportunity to reunite, but I have all those great memories from parties at his parents house, and those teenage years of so long ago.
Rest in peace my friend.
Dennis Kelley

Treva Doepke - Sep 25, 2017

Dear Craner family,
Our hearts are so sad at this great loss. We love each of you. Tom is a mighty man of God and his legacy lives on in each of you. We will never forget him and Diane and the Rickey’s coming to pray over us.. especially the prayer Tom prayed over Dan after the heart surgery. Powerful.. may the presence of God envelope you with his peace and power ahead. You are continually in our prayers.

Michael Murphy - Sep 25, 2017

To Diane and family and the Atpac family:
No words can express my shock and sadness. Tom was certainly one of the Best and a great role model for all. God must have needed something done UP there!
Faith and prayers and thoughts for all of you.
Michael Murphy

Russ Rohling - Sep 25, 2017

I am so sorry for you and your families losse
Russ Rohling

Diane Rodriguez - Sep 25, 2017

I don’t know where to start to express how deeply sorry I am to hear about the loss of Tom. We go way back and I always looked up to you and Tom and respected his walk with the Lord. He just recently told me he had my name in his bible years ago praying for me a mate. I know he’s in heaven rejoicing with our Savior, but he will truly be missed here on earth. Love you and your sweet family. John & I are praying for you!!!

Gary Simon Jr - Sep 25, 2017

Very sad to hear this. An amazing family and a great man. Healing prayers to all

Dave & Jody Windhorn - Sep 25, 2017

We are so sorry to hear about Tom. May the comfort and peace of the Holy Spirit overwhelm and fill your hearts during this difficult time. Memories are sweet and will be in your hearts forever. Blessings….

Barbara Roden - Sep 25, 2017

Looked forward to every Sunday to hear and witness Tom’s excitement to teach the “GOOD NEW” of the gospel. I love him and his family. I miss him already. My prayers are with you Diane, Nikki, Michele, Columbus, Ray, Cole, Mia, Ellie, Owen, Maddox and Micah and all who love Tom. Praise God we know where he is and that we will join him in eternity when the role is called up yonder!

Daniel Doepke - Sep 25, 2017

I am proud to have called Tom my friend. His love for his
Savior was always present when you spoke with him and
he was never ashamed! We are praying for you Diane and
your Family!

David Eager - Sep 25, 2017

I am so sad for your loss. He was a good man ,who I am sure is now Resting in Peace.

Lynn Wilbers Heath - Sep 24, 2017

Many prayers, Diane…
My heart is aching for you all. Tom truly served the Lord!
We know he is safe for Eternity, because he gave his heart to Jesus. What a fine man! He loved you, your girls, grands, family & friends so well. And Tom served our country, as well.
I lift you and your loving family up as you rely on
God’s guidance on your path of grief.
Isaiah43:2 “When you pass through the waters I will be with you…”
Love, Lynn

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