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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Charles T. CrangleUnion Lawyer

Charles T. Crangle, 71, who since 1991 had been director of congressional and legislative affairs for American Maritime Officers, a union of Merchant Marine officers, died Aug. 1 at his home in Washington.

A spokeswoman for the D.C. Medical Examiner's Office said the cause of death was pending further tests.

Before joining American Maritime Officers, Mr. Crangle spent four years as counsel to the Congressional Maritime Caucus under the late Rep. Walter B. Jones Sr. (D-N.C.), who was chairman of the House Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries.

Charles Thomas Crangle was a Chicago native and a 1968 graduate of the University of Akron, where he also received a master's degree in education in 1970 and a law degree in 1973.

He spent much of his early life in Ohio, where his jobs included teaching high school social science classes and working as a lawyer. He was director of public safety and personnel director of the city of Barberton, Ohio, before settling in the Washington area in the mid-1980s.

He also was a former Merchant Marine and served on ships on the Great Lakes.

His memberships included Saint Dominic Catholic Church in Washington.

His marriages to Margaret Recker Crangle and Dorothy Scholl Crangle ended in divorce.

Survivors include five children from his first marriage, Patty Duncan of Chandler, Ariz., Ann Rossi of Mesa, Ariz., Tom Crangle of Akron, Susan Farretta of Phoenix and Daniel Crangle of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; two brothers, Thomas Crangle of Mogadore, Ohio, and Michael Crangle of Maywood, Ill.; a sister, Marikay Crangle of Arlington County; 10 grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.

-- Adam Bernstein

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