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Edward Wallace ‘Ed’ Crilly

Edward Wallace “Ed” Crilly, 75, died Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, in his Palisade, Colorado, home.

He was born Jan. 12, 1944, in Everett, Bedford County, Pennsylvania, to Wilbur Franklin “Frank” Crilly and Leota Marie Claycomb Crilly.

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

He graduated from Columbian High School in 1962.

Ed worked in construction until joining the US Army in 1967. He trained in Fort Dix, New Jersey, Monterey, California, Fort Devens, Massachusetts and served in Panama, Thailand and Vietnam.

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

In 1981, he moved to Grand Junction, Colorado, and was a loan officer at Mesa United Bank and joined Elks Lodge No. 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. And 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.

An Elks funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, 209, at Grand Junction Elks Lodge ballroom, 249 S. 4th St., Grand Junction, CO. A military burial will take place at a future date at Fairmont Cemetery, Tiffin.

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.

Brown’s Cremation and Funeral Service has been entrusted with taking care of arrangements for the family.

And as Ed would always say, “Catch ya later.”