Johnsonville- Ralph H. Crandall Sr., 70, a longtime resident of Johnsonville, died peacefully, Thursday, June 16, 2016, at his residence, with his devoted wife and family by his side, following a long illness.
Born in Troy, October 21, 1945, Ralph was the son of the late Harold and Jane N. (Trong) Crandall and for over 50 years the husband of M. Kathryn “Kathy” (Simpson) Crandall of Johnsonville who survives.
Ralph attended Tamarac High School. As a young man he left school early to assist on the family farm. Working the land, caring for the animals and machinery and growing hay and crops was a time in Ralph’s life that he loved and never forgot as he grew older and would often reminisce about. In 1986 he began working as a fabricator for the Interstate Laminates Company in Poestenkill. After more than 25 years of service he retired in 2010.
Ralph was a communicant of the former St. Monica’s Church in Johnsonville and as a young man enjoyed hunting and ice fishing. As an older man he enjoyed traveling to Old Orchard Beach, ME with his wife and family and watching the Food Network on TV.
In addition to his wife, Kathy, his survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Barbara J. and William “Bill” Stockwell Sr. of Johnsonville, a son, David J. Crandall of Johnsonville, a sister, Doris Schuman of Clifton Park, three brothers, Harold “Butch” Crandall Jr. of Raymertown, Michael Crandall of Florida, and Patrick Crandall of Valatie, two grandchildren, Krystal Stockwell of Johnsonville and William “Bill” (wife Julie) Stockwell Jr. of Waterford, four great-grandchildren, Richie Corbeil of Johnsonville, Isaiah Kalbfleish of Johnsonville, and William “Billy” Stockwell III and Aryanna Amira, both of Waterford, a special cousin and friend, “Redi” Nescott of Raymertown, nieces and nephews he loved as his own, Harold “Butch” Crandall III, Michele Crandall, Bonnie Jane Gratto, Suzanne Scheilding and Grace Daigneault, eight brothers and sisters-in-law, and several additional nieces, nephew and cousins. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by two sons, the late Ralph “Ralphie” H. Crandall Jr. and Daniel J. Crandall.
A graveside committal service at Elmwood Cemetery in Schaghticoke and a memorial service to follow will be held later this summer at the convenience of the family. At Mr. Crandall’s request there will be no calling.
Memorial contributions if desired may be made to the Community Hospice of Rensselaer County, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144 or to the Rensselaer County A.R.C., 79-102nd Street, Troy, NY 12180, in memory of Ralph H. Crandall Sr.