J. Richard Crandall, 85, of Franklin Twp, passed away Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 at St. Vincent Health Center. He was born in Erie, on June 3, 1929, the son of the late Virgil and Bertha (McClenathin) Crandall.
Richard was a successful dairy farmer for 45 years. He started with eight foundation cows and over the years grew his herd to 60 cows. He graduated from Penn State University in 1951 with a bachelors degree in Agronomy. Dick was one of the first farmers in Erie County to use the no-till method of planting crops. He was active in the Erie County and Pennsylvania Farm Bureaus.
Richard was a member of the McKean United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his loving wife of 62 years, Navonne (Crossley) Crandall. Richard was a wonderful father to his children, Carol (Tony) Georgelas of Virginia, Hugh (Sue) Crandall, of Edinboro, Barbara (Bruce) Tummons, of Florida, and Ellen Crandall of Connecticut. He derived great joy in his 8 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren.
Friends may call at the Glunt Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 210 Erie Street, Edinboro, on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.
Burial will be private at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, www.woundedwarriorproject.org or the McKean United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 295, McKean, PA 16426. To send condolences please visit www.gluntfuneralhome.com.