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Sadly, Emily lost her long battle with cancer on May 18th, 2018. 

Below are photos of Ken and Em -- one from back in the day, the other more recent -- an excerpt from Em's obituary and, finally, a letter from Ken expressing his appreciation for all the moral support he's received from our VP-17 family.

R.I.P., sweet Emily.  



Services for Emily took place at two different sites, Eagan, MN, and Houston, MS, in order to accommodate friends and family in each location. 

Excerpt from Em's Obituary:

Formerly of Houston, MS- Emily Cheryl Holleman Crandall, 70, passed away May 18, 2018, at her home in Eagan, Minnesota surrounded by her family. Mrs. Crandall was born on November 13, 1947 in Houston, MS to Jack Thompson Holleman and Shirley Powell Holleman. Emily had a strong Christian faith and was a gifted teacher for 50 yrs. Her passions were her family - especially her grandchildren - gardening, travel & fashion.


Survivors include her husband of 46 years, Ken Crandall of Eagan, MN., her step-mother, Frances Holleman of Tupelo, MS, her sons, Jeffery Crandall and Benjamin (Allison) Crandall of Eagan, MN, her brother, Jack P. (Kristie) Holleman of Tupelo, MS and her grandchildren, Chase Crandall and Mia Crandall.

Emily Crandall is preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to:

American Cancer Society

P.O. Box 22478

Oklahoma City, OK 73123

Friends and family may leave a personal guest book message at 

Letter of appreciation from Crash

June 16, 2018

To my shipmates and their spouses: I would like to thank you all for the prayers, cards, and kind words during this difficult time. Especially, the fond memories, and stories of happier days that always brought a smile and yes, a few tears.  I am slowly putting the pieces back together, but the pain still comes and goes.  I just hope that I can get my act together before the reunion in September. 

Special thanks to those who went above and beyond:  to Bill O’Brien for his surprise visit the night before the visitation and to Robin for letting him come. He stayed with me until after the funeral and acted as my “personal aide.”  He was able to take my mind off things for a while and share a few laughs.  

And to Billy Bob and the Skipper, who showed up in Houston, MS for Emily’s hometown service. I like to think they were there to support me, but I did mention there’d be a free lunch.  I am so fortunate to have so many loyal and supportive friends.


Thanks again to all of you, and see you in September. 


Ken “Crash” Crandall 




April 23rd, 2018

Thanks, Ger, for keeping me in the loop, I don't deserve it. I love to see all the news of the VP family. It fills me with joy and a bit of sorrow, too. 

I am so sorry that I haven't been able to join y'all at the festivities due to my ongoing work schedule (yeah, even an old lady like me must work).  No, certainly not anything glamorous as many of the other "dudettes" take on. Somehow being involved in swimming up to my neck for Red Cross and schools (WSIT Red Cross), coaching and being a pool director for very large summer camp -- 1200 kids -- it seems to never end as one runs into another and one goes 12-months a year. 

Still living in Miami, still have a surfboard standing at attention in family room. Only change seems to be in my height, hair color and number of weddings of grandchildren. Pretty boring stuff unless you're living it, I think, and it is a bit boring to me. Sooo, please continue to keep me updated on all the adventurous and not at all boring "stuff" the VP-ers are up to.

God's blessings,




Ted has been hospitalized in Seattle for months fighting a pancreatic infection. The good news is that his condition is gradually improving -- improving being the operative word, while, for Ted gradually describes the frustrating pace of improvement that would test anyone's patience. 

   The second bit of good news is that he and Kris were married on May 5th. Congratulations, Ted and welcome aboard, Kris! 

   For more details, click on the TED'S PAGE button below.