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Francis H. "Frank" Crafton

August 16, 1947 — June 13, 2024


Francis H. "Frank" Crafton

Francis H. “Frank” Crafton, 76, of Fairland, passed away Thursday, June 13, 2024, at his home.

He was born August 16, 1947, in Indianapolis, the son of Howard K. and Esther M. (Ehrlich) Crafton. On October 22, 1982, he married his wife of 41 years, Lana “Darlene” Curry, and she survives.

In addition to Darlene, Frank is survived by his sons, Jason Crafton of Monrovia, Paul Eric Guhl and wife, Eileen, of McCordsville, Todd Everett Guhl and wife, Nikki, of Indianapolis, and Charles Elliott Guhl and wife, Kim, of New Palestine; brother, Stephen A. Crafton and wife, Oneada, of Indianapolis; grandsons, Ryan and wife, Natalie, Nick and wife, Destiney, Andy, Matt, Christopher, David and Alex; and several nieces and nephews.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents; and grandson, Zachary.

In 1965, Frank graduated from Scecina Memorial High School.

He was a member of Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ Catholic Church in Wanamaker.

Frank was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in Vietnam. 

He retired in 2009, from Batts Construction, as a project manager.

Frank was also a member of the American Legion Post No. 70, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 2695. He served on the Military Honor Committee.

A gathering of friends and family will be from 10 am to Noon, Friday, June 21, 2024 at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

The Celebration of Frank’s life will follow at Noon, Friday at the funeral home.

Inurnment will follow at Washington Park East Cemetery in Indianapolis, with military rites conducted by the local military committee.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, DAV National Headquarters, 860 Dolwick Drive, Erlanger, Kentucky 41018.

Online condolences may be shared with Frank’s family at

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Memorial Gathering

Friday, June 21, 2024

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