Claude Allan Brane, 82, a lifetime resident of LaFontaine, passed away at 6:29 a.m., on September 8, 2021, at his residence. He was born in LaFontaine, on February 11, 1939, to the late Russell and Suzanna (Thompson) Brane.
Claude was a 1957 graduate of LaFontaine High School. He married Mary E. Stuber on July 2, 1961. He worked at Diehl Machines in Wabash, for eleven years, as a draftsman until he joined the United States Army Security Agency in 1961. Claude served three years and was stationed in Sierra Vista, Arizona. After the army, he went back to work at Diehl. He then worked at Ford Meter Box, for 33 years, as a Senior Product Design Engineer, before retiring.
Claude served as the President of the MSD of Wabash County School Board. He was member of the LaFontaine Masonic Lodge No. 295 until they closed, then he transferred to the Wabash Hanna Masonic Lodge No. 61. He was a member of the Wabash County Shrine Club, Fort Wayne Shrine Club, Scottish Right, the American Legion and Eastern Star. Claude also attended LaFontaine United Methodist Church.
Claude is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Mary E. Brane; sons, Michael (Lori) Brane and Samuel (Patricia) Brane, both of LaFontaine; grandchildren, Meghan (Bryce) Doyle, Zachary Brane, Rachel Brane, Daniel (Jordan) Brane; one brother, John R. Brane, of Van Buren; one nephew and several nieces. Claude was preceded in death by brothers, Paul H. Brane and Donald E. Brane.
Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 11, 2021, at McDonald Funeral Homes, LaFontaine Chapel, 104 South Main Street, LaFontaine, Indiana 46940 with Pastor Susan Shambaugh officiating. Burial will follow at LaFontaine IOOF Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., on Friday, September 10, 2021, at the funeral home with Masonic Services at 7:00 p.m.
McDonald Funeral Homes, 104 South Main Street, LaFontaine, Indiana, has been trusted with Claude's arrangements.
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