On October 24, 2018, we lost a soldier. Joe Crandall passed away peacefully surrounded by his family. Joe was preceded in his death by his wife Dottie Crandall who passed away in 1999. Dottie and Joe were married for 51 years. Joe was born in Topeka in 1920 to Frederick and Julia Crandall. Joe led an interesting and diverse life. At age 20 he entered the United States Army for “….one year and got five of someone else’s….”. Joe entered the European theater of war from the beaches of Normandy, where he landed on D-Day, June 6th, 1944. He was with the 635th Tank Destroyer Battalion that ultimately joined the Big Red 1 to win Europe. Later Joe earned the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star for valor.
Once stateside, he followed his passion and attended the Kansas City Art Institute and is where he met Dorothy “Dottie” Reiter. Joe led a successful art and advertising firm for over 25 years (Moyer-Crandall Studios) and was the original “Mad Man”. Dottie was an accomplished portrait artists and renowned fashion illustrator.
Together, Joe and Dottie raised six children, two girls and four boys. Upon his death at 98, Joe can boast the health of his six children, his 15 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
Joe was an artist, avid golfer and fisherman. Joe was a gregarious and successful art and advertising executive in the KC area. He was the life of the party when he was there and even when he wasn’t. Joe is now able to enjoy his “Little slice of Heaven”.
On November 8, 2019 between 3:30 pm and 5:30 pm, Brighton Gardens (7105 Mission Road, PV Ks) will be having an art exhibit where some of Joe’s art will be shown. A full service and memorial event is planned for May 10, 2019. Please go to www.cathyb6.sg-host.com for additional information. Asssistance by Funeral Advocates, LLC.