RICHARD CRANDELL has been named the 2019 Railroad Person of the Year, according to Durand Union Station, Inc, the sponsor of the Railroad Person of the Year award, which was first presented in 1977. Crandell is retired from Canadian National and lives in Montrose with his wife, Trudy. Crandell will receive his award during an honoring ceremony at Durand Union Station on Friday, May 17, and he will also be featured during the Durand Railroad Days Festival parade on Saturday, May 18.
Richard graduated in 1969 from Birch Run High School and is a second-generation railroad worker. His father was the last B&O supervisor in the Durand station when it closed in 1974. Richard’s father and brother both served 30 years with the railroad. Richard retired in 2010 after spending 41 years with Grand Trunk and Canadian National, working most of his time as a first class carpenter, assistant foreman and foreman. He also spent 32 years on the Montrose Township Fire Department before retiring in 2009.
Richard married Trudy in 1972, and the couple has lived together in the Montrose area for 44 years. The couple has three grandchildren, named Nicholas, Madison and Kannon. Richard’s hobbies include fishing, camping, hunting and spending time with his friends at the Montrose Depot.