James L. Crans

James L. Crans, 72, of Roberts passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on Monday, July 7 at his home, surrounded by his family. James was born on Sept. 18, 1941 in Billings to James A. and Gertrude (Rudolph) Crans. He grew up and was educated in Roberts, graduating from Roberts High School in 1959. On Sept. 4, 1959, James and Louise Elmore were married in Harlowton.

James worked as an auto mechanic for Ray Judd Ford in Red Lodge for about 10 years. Then he moved on to have a 32-year career as an insulator mechanic working with asbestos, completing his service at PPL in Colstrip. He was a royal arch Mason, member of Star in the West Lodge, and a member of the Western States Asbestos Workers Union. James loved the outdoors, fishing and hunting and playing a little golf.

He really enjoyed camping and fishing at Flathead Lake. Hunting season found him in the Crazy Mountains. He especially liked to smoke meat and make jerky and sausage. He is preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his wife, Louise of Roberts; his son, Jerry Crans of Bozeman; his daughter, Jamaica Todd of Roberts; three grandsons, Christopher (Darcie) Crans of Bozeman, Mathew Todd of Roberts and Cody Todd of Kennewick, Wash.; step grandchildren, Nikki (John) Hinkle and Stacy (Sheldon) Fraser; and 5 great grandchildren. Also surviving is a sister, Linda (Roger) Boyce of Greybull, Wyo. At Jim’s request, cremation has taken place and no services are planned. Smith-Olcott Funeral Chapel in Red Lodge has assisted with the arrangements. Memorials may be given in Jim’s name to: Beartooth Hospice, P.O. Box 590, Red Lodge, MT 59068 or to a charity of one’s choice.