In Memory

Edward Crilly

Edward "Ed" Crilly

January 12, 1944 - November 3, 2019

Edward Wallace "Ed" Crilly, 75, died in his Palisade, CO home on November 3, 2019. 

He was born in Everett, Bedford County, PA to Wilbur Franklin "Frank" Crilly and Leota Marie Claycomb Crilly on January 12, 1944. He graduated from Columbian High School in Tiffin, OH in 1962.

Ed worked in construction until joining the US Army in 1967. He trained in Fort Dix, NJ; Monterey, CA; Fort Devens, MA, and served in Panama, Thailand and Vietnam.

After his discharge, he went to Golden, CO for farrier schooling. He returned to Tiffin, OH and graduated from Tiffin University in 1978.

In 1981, he moved to Grand Junction, CO and was a loan officer at Mesa United Bank and joined Elks Lodge # 575. He was a light and heavy equipment specialist and salesman for Easyway Rental, Rentex and Rifle Equipment, living in Glenwood Springs and Gypsum. After retirement, he moved to Palisade where he once again became an active member of the Elks. Through the years he held many offices in this organization including Exalted Ruler in 1985 and faithfully volunteered many hours. In 2017 Ed was named "Elk of the Year" by this lodge.

Ed enjoyed talking to people and listening to their stories. He could tell a few stories himself.

He read a lot, liked to hunt and fish with his friend, Mike Monroe, and he was an avid Ohio State fan.

Ed is survived by sisters, Joan Crilly Stoner, Tiffin, OH; Charlotte Crilly Schultz (Larry) of Port Clinton, OH, and Janette Crilly, Sandusky, OH; nieces, Michelle Stoner Tschanen (Chris) of Sycamore, OH; Linda Stoner Auger (Peter) of Alton Bay, NH; Kelly Schultz York (Brad) of Port Clinton, OH, and Heidi Schultz, of Santa Maria, CA; nephew, Ryan Schultz of Port Clinton, OH; five great-nieces; two great-nephews, and one great-great-niece in Ohio, all of whom loved him so.

An Elks Funeral service will be held Sunday, November 10 at the Grand Junction Elks Lodge ballroom at 1:00 p.m. A military burial will take place at a future date at Fairmont Cemetery in Tiffin, OH.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a memorial to Grand Junction VA in memory of Ed Crilly, 2121 N. Ave., Grand Junction, CO 81501. And as Ed would always say, "Catch ya later."

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11/10/19 06:42 AM #1    

Bill Doemel

Ed called me up early in 2012 and said "Bill, we need to get more classmates involved in this site AND we need to get everyone back for the 50th." Ed began a mission and started calling classmates. I suspect that many of you received a late night call from Ed out in Colorado, who had forgotten that Central Mountain Time is two hours earlier than EST. About once a week, he'd call and tell me about his conversations. We had many talks during that year. I will never forget Ed's smile and his laugh. He will be missed.

11/11/19 06:19 PM #2    

David Reinhart

His smile always seemd to improve my day. I am sad.

11/12/19 05:18 PM #3    

Paul Thomas

Too young to pass....but then we're all too young to pass.  Ed was always a positive force in life and I don't think I ever heard a cross word.  I agree with Dave R that he always was upbeat and made the day better.  In recent years, our communications were few and far between, but Bill D's comments show how much he cared about our cadre.  Saft transition to the next level, my friend!

11/12/19 06:17 PM #4    

Penny Smith (Turner)

I remember a few years back when Ed called to speak to Sonny, but he was already asleep.  Ed was stuck with me.  That didn't seem to bother him in the least.  He talked and I listened.  Stories were a mainstay with Ed -- always with a sense of humor.  Ed, you'll find Sonny on the other side.

11/13/19 03:01 PM #5    

Dick Wetzel

I am deeply saddened by Ed's passing.  We've lost quite a few classmates in recent years, but this one really brought home to me how we are all in the home stretch of our lives.  Ed and I first became buddies at the age of 4 or 5 in Sunday School.  He always seemed happy and rarely let anything get him down, as evidenced by the almost constant grin and silly jokes.  We grew up together, and, although our communications were minimal after the 60's, I always considered him to be a very dear friend.  I always looked forward to seeing him at our reunions. Happy hunting, Ed. 

11/14/19 06:34 AM #6    

Cindra Fry (Mullins)

We went to Sunday school together at First English Lutheran Church in Tiffin. He and Dick Wetzel were best friends and cut up quite a bit. Later I lived on Melmore street and would see him when he visited his parents. Many years passed and out of the blue I received the call about the class page and upcoming reunion as I had for many years not attended  The call became several and always very welcome as he asked about several classmates he was having trouble finding I am so grateful he included me in this journey it has been so wonderful to reconnect with the class of 62  I always considered Ed a dear friend as most of the old sSunday school class bonded many of us. He was a good friend with a very interesting life adventure. Sadly you will be missed but a smile will find its way when you are thought of. Rest well till we meet again. ❤️

11/14/19 11:32 PM #7    

Jane Thompson (Paige)

I was so sorry to hear sbout Ed's passing. He was such a great guy -alwayws with a big smile or a joke. I loved the fact that he hadbecome a farrier  at one point. That's a tough job that takes a special person. Wish we had had him in Washington when we had horses .  That would have been great fun.  It is sad to lose good people like Ed.

11/16/19 10:03 AM #8    

Dave Kieffer

I wish I could have sat under a tree in Colorado with him . . . and heard all of his stories.  He might have told one or two tough ones, but you can bet most would be hilarious . . . because that’s the way he chose to look at life.  Can you imagine his recollections of his dustups with Mr. Bailey?

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