Raymond Edward Crilley Sr.
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Raymond Edward Crilley Sr., died peacefully in his East Springfield home of 53 years on March 1, 2019 with his loving family at his side. He was 79 years old. Ray was born in Loretto, Pa.

Ray's heart belonged to Northwestern School District. He served as a teacher for 21 years, teaching agriculture and shop classes, served as the Future Farmers of America advisor and served on the school board for many years. Ray was a member of the Albion Fair board for 51 years, where he passionately served, volunteered and displayed his works. He built displays yearly, and offered his tractors and other items for the parades. Ray was so passionate about the Fair, he owns every Albion Fair button since 1963 and still has every Fair book as well.

Ray also taught classes at Penn State Behrend for many years. He graduated from Penn State with his Master's Degrees in vocational Agriculture and Business. Ray was rarely seen without his blue and white Nittany Lions cap. Many remember Ray as their insurance agent. He owned an agency in Girard, Pa. for 21 years. Ray's biggest passion was his collections. He owned one of the largest collection of scale model tractors in the world. He wrote several books, had his own newsletter from 1979-1989, and monthly contributions to the Toy Farmer, the Toy Trucker and Contractor, and the Toy Tractor Times. He's been referred to as "The Father of Toy Tractor Collecting." This hobby has made him known around the world. He traveled the country displaying his collection for all to enjoy, and he always included his children and grandchildren in his collecting. In addition to these models, Ray also collected milk bottles and milking equipment, metal signs, full-size tractors and garden tractors. Ray always said, "Don't do what others are doing just to be like them. Figure out what you want to do, then give it your all." Farming and family, for Ray, was the center of it all. On his farm in East Springfield, Ray raised many animals over the years including swans, sheep, horses, rabbits, and even fish in his ponds. He and his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren worked on myriad of projects. He taught them the value of hard work, honesty, and integrity.

Ray is preceded in death by his parents, Ferdinand and Thelma (Dibble) Crilley, two brother-in-laws, Joseph Decort, James Blatenberger, a sister-in-law, Mary Lynn, and two infant brothers, Melvin and Eugene.

He is survived by his siblings, Charlotte Decort of Ebensburg, Mary Ellen Eckenrod (David) of Loretto, James of Bridgeton, N.J., Joseph (Mary Jane) of Erie, Leonard (Barbara) of South Carolina, Sally Blattenberger of Martinsburg, and his children, Raymond E. Crilley Jr. (Maria) of Kansas City, Mo., Barry Crilley (Christina) of Kansas City, Mo., Richard Crilley of Little Elm, Texas, Mary Crilley of Cross Roads, Texas, Paul Crilley (Sherry) of Albion, Pa., Pete Crilley (Xuan) of Kansas City, Mo., Kirk Hudacky (Jenna) of Greenville, Pa. He also has 15 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, 1 great great-grandson, and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The Albion Fair, P.O. Box 94, Albion, PA 16401.

Calling hours will be held at the Mattera Funeral Home, 188 East State Street, Albion, on Tuesday from 1-3 p.m. and 5 p.m. until the time of a funeral service there at 7 p.m. with Fr. James Kennelley officiating.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, March 8, 2019 at St. Michaels Basilica, Loretto, Pa., at 10am.

Burial will follow in St. Michaels Cemetery where Ray will be reunited with his arm and laid to rest between his father and mother. To light a memory candle or leave a condolence, please visit www.matterafuneralhome.com

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Published in Erie Times-News on Mar. 4, 2019.
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April 2, 2019
To Ray and his family:

As a fellow agent, I never met a finer person. One who always had the right words at the right time. A completely generous person, I will always remember him and keep him in my prayers.
Pete Manolis
March 9, 2019
To Ray's family, We will miss Ray come Albion Fair time. His life long enthusiasm for antiques was the thrill of his heart. Always challenged to create a crowd pleas-er of a display in the antique building. His horse and buggy was one of his highlights. Many of us have what Ray had; the thrill of the hunt for the next big antique discovery. It's not only a find but an education of yesterday's gone by. Ray helped to preserved those days each year at the Albion Fair. History was his passion to preserve and admire. It he left us anything, it is to do the same.

Our deepest Sympathy, From Tara and Jack Miller Edinboro, Pa.
March 9, 2019
So sorry for your loss, Paul & Family. Your dad certainly was an accomplished good man. Sending my sincere sympathy to you.
Lynn Crossman
March 5, 2019
My sympathies, Ray was a great guy, my last interaction with him was 2 years in November, Dyersville, at Eldon Trumm's...truly a man with a wealth of information....
Tom Cornwell
March 5, 2019
Joe, so very sorry to hear about your brother--I immediately said the Divine Mercy Chaplet. God Bless Raymond and his family. Darleen Wilkinson (adoration chapel)
March 4, 2019
Sorry for your loss
The Ballards
March 4, 2019
So sorry for your loss prayers and hugs to the whole family. Love,The BallardsSherri,Liz,Adam, and Eric
Sherri Ballard
March 4, 2019
I was proud he called me his friend. We both enjoyed collecting Erie milk bottles. The 3 foot by 3 foot scale model barn he built was incredible in it's detail. His small tractor collections were displayed like a museum. He rebuilt tractors to be like new. And all with only one arm! I will greatly miss visiting him and sitting on his glider. My condolences to his whole family. Ray, RIP my friend. Jack (Bummerboy)
Jack Albertson
March 4, 2019
I knew Ray from High School when I had him as a home room teacher then later in life thru the Albion Fair. My son Joe helped remodel his home while working for Klobusnik Construction. He will greatly missed by all who knew him. our Deepest Condolences.

Diane Reiser Family, Cranesville, Pa.
March 4, 2019
Mr. Crilley will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. The Kiedaisch Family
Angie Kiedaisch
March 4, 2019
Our condolences to the family of Ray, a one in a million gentleman, a pleasure to do business with over the many years, so very sorry!
Raleigh Chesley
March 4, 2019
Always a warm smile, a kind word. Blessings to your memories.
Maureen jeffreys
March 4, 2019
My deepest sympathies.
Roger Copeland
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