Memorial service for Jimmy Cranke of Emmetsburg will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 4, at the First United Methodist Church in Emmetsburg. The Rev. Louie Q. Gallo will officiate.
Inurnment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Emmetsburg. The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation is Friday, March 3, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg.
Jimmy Cranke, son of Thomas Nolan and Lottie (Evans) Cranke was born June 9, 1935 in New Orleans, LA. He attended Eldorado High school in Eldorado, AR, graduating in 1953. Following graduation, Jimmy attended Southeastern Louisiana College, graduating with his Bachelor of Music Education degree in 1959.
Jimmy taught vocal music for grades 1-12, in Hahnville, LA for several years. He then continued his education at Oklahoma University where he completed a Masters Degree in Fine Arts. He also studied abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Jimmy was a very talented musician and sang with the New Orleans Opera and San Antonio Opera for several seasons. He then accepted a position with Kansas Wesleyan University where he was the head of the Drama department. Jimmy auditioned for movies, being cast as an extra while living in Louisiana.
After his retirement, Jimmy worked as a cook for Solomon Episcopal Conference Center in Loranger, LA.
In 2012 Jimmy moved to Emmetsburg to be near his daughters and their families. He continued his interest in theater and the arts by volunteering at Main Street Community Theatre in Emmetsburg, helping and participating in several productions.
Jimmy passed away Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 at the Emmetsburg Care Center, at the age of 81. He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his daughters, Sylvia Ballman and her husband, Dave of Emmetsburg, and Sondra Grote and her husband, Mike of Filley, NE; five grandchildren, Nicole Jay of St. Joseph, MO, Shantell Jay of Beatrice, NE, Brett Ballman and his wife, Sarah of Avon, IN, Ryan Ballman of Des Moines, and Matt Ballman of Des Moines; and two great grandchildren, Dru Jay and Isaac Ballman.
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