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Richard “Rick” Crilly

Richard “Rick” Crilly, age 65, of Anthon, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, December 2, 2018, at his residence of Anthon, Iowa.

A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, December 10, 2018 at the St. Joseph Catholic Church of Anthon, Iowa. Msgr. Mark Duchaine officiated. Committal Services followed in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery of Oto, Iowa.

The Armstrong – Van Houten Funeral Home of Anthon, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online to

Richard “Rick” Dennis Crilly was born February 20, 1953, in Mapleton, IA. He was the seventh of seven children born to Ralph and Paulesca (Weber) Crilly.

Rick was raised on a farm in rural Danbury, Iowa and received his education at Maple Valley High School, graduating with the class of 1971.

After graduation, Rick attended Western Iowa Tech Community College and pursued a career as an electrician.

On October 27, 1973, Rick was united in marriage to La Donna “Donna” Bowers in Anthon, Iowa. The couple were blessed with three children: Kevin, Kurt and Kristi.

The family made their home in Anthon where Rick worked for the City of Anthon before beginning his own electrical business, Crilly Electric. He later worked for Funderman Electric and IBP before eventually working for the last 30+ years for the Woodbury County REC.

Rick was an outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing and hunting. He loved his childhood homestead and all the hunting expeditions he and his children and friends enjoyed there over the years.

He took great pride in cooking or smoking the wild game that he caught. Cooking was his way of bringing people together. Rick enjoyed sending his guests home with a smile and full belly.

Rick was a former volunteer on the Anthon Fire Department and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

He enjoyed helping others and had a sense of humor that drew people to him. He will be dearly missed by all those that knew and loved him.

Left to cherish his memory include his wife Donna Crilly of Anthon, IA; his two sons, Kevin (Sarah) Crilly of Carroll, IA and their son Brock, Kurt (Katrina) Crilly of Snohomish, WA and their children Ethan and Kayla, and his daughter Kristi Crilly of Anthon, IA; four sisters: Betty (Don) Fink of Urbana, IA; Dianne Crilly of Johnston, IA; Delores Polley of Raleigh, NC and Lois Crilly of Urbandale, IA; three sisters-in-law: Bonnie Crilly of Mapleton, IA; JoAnn Pierce of Correctionville, IA and Jeanice Bowers of Decatur, NE; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Ralph and Paulesca Crilly; his parents-in-law; and brothers Frank and Tom Crilly.


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