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Daniel Ray McCracken, 79, of Clinton

Daniel Ray McCracken, 79,  of Clinton, Tennessee passed away peacefully in his sleep on May 13th, 2019 after a valiant battle with leukemia.  Dan and his wife moved to Tennessee in 2012 from Monroe, Michigan. He is survived by his wife, the former Diana VanDaele, five children, Becky, Patrick (Katie), Daniel (Vicki) Jeffrey (Bridget) and David (Melissa), ten grandchildren, two great-grandsons,  brothers Douglas and Darwin and sister, Gala Poppenhager.   His parents, Cloyd and Vivian, along with brothers Dennis, Donald and Dudley,  preceded him in death.

Dan had worked as a cabinetmaker for many years before joining Hospital Building and Equipment Company as a finish carpenter through Carpenters’ Local 687 until he retired in 2001. 

Born in the mountains of Sayre, Pennsylvania Dan, along with his wife enjoyed the mountains of East Tennessee and the warmer winters.  He was an avid (but mostly unsuccessful) hunter and fishermen and later enjoyed Frenchtown Senior Center and the Moose Lodge in Monroe where he played pool, cards and belonged to a senior golf league. 

Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton, TN is in charge of arrangements including visitation on Wednesday, May 15th from 5 to 7 p.m. followed by a funeral Mass at St. Therese Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 16th.

Graveside services and burial will be held in King Cemetery, Monroe, Michigan at a later date.

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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