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Edward Lee “Ed” Krull, 78, Altoona, formerly of Lilly, passed away Monday, March 5, 2018, due to respiratory failure surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Johnstown, and raised in Portage, the youngest of 12 children to the late Joseph and Angela "Nellie" (Wilczek) Krull. On April 28, 1962, he married Joan McNally in Cassandra, at St. Agnes Catholic Church.
Surviving are his wife; six children: Lorrie (Kirk) Zimmerman, Becky (Randy) Kowalczyk, Shelly Krull (Chris Bertani), Brian (Julie) Krull, Patrick (Heather) Krull, Kevin (Kathleen) Krull; a son-in-law, Matthew Koegler; 27 grandchildren, Britnee (Anthony) Mathin, Thayne Zimmerman, Lukas Zimmerman, Shane (Jessica) Stiffler, Kayla (Andrew) Kriss, Tyler Stiffler, Derek (Jacquelyn) Blunt, Ashley Blunt, Kyle Blunt, Lindsay (Dan) Angello, Alexis (Josh) Angello, Jacob Krull, Emily Krull, Jaiden Krull, Ryan Koegler, Collin Koegler, Justin (Jessica) Koegler, Jared Kunkle, Nathan Krull and Abigail Krull; 10 great-grandchildren, Laila, Velaira and Paxton Mathin, Princeton Zimmerman, Allie Jo and Caleb Stiffler, Ella Kriss, Carson Blunt, Gabriel Angello, and Brody Koegler; three sisters: Ann Pisarski, Rose Sokira, Helen (Andrew, Sr.) Teno; four sisters-in-law, Germaine Krull, Sarah Krull, Dorothy Lamar and Carolyn Savoy; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Jodie Koegler; two grandsons: Joshua Kunkle and Evan Koegler; seven brothers: John, Stanley, Frank, Michael, Anthony, Joseph and Tom; and a sister, Mary.
Ed graduated from Portage Area High School in 1957. He owned and operated Krull's Auto Body Shop and the Mighty Circle Barbell Club in Lilly. Ed's faith was strong and he taught his family the importance of having a relationship with the Lord. He was a Eucharist Minister at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Cassandra and at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, Wilmore, where he also taught youth catechism.
He bred and raised beagles for field trial competitions and proudly finished a field champion. He enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, playing pinochle, dancing the jitterbug, auto racing, watching Penn State and Steelers football, going out to eat and lifting weights in his younger days.
Ed was an easy going guy, with a heart of gold, a twinkle in his eye, and a kind word for everyone he met. His greatest joy was spending time with his children and grandchildren who love him very much and are going to miss him dearly.
Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 8, 2018, at Myers-Somers Funeral Home Inc., 501 Sixth Avenue, Altoona, where a vigil for the deceased will be held. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, March 9, 2018, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Altoona, the Rev. Lubomir J. Strecok celebrant. Committal rites will be held at Calvary Cemetery, Altoona.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Leukemia Society in loving memory of his daughter, Jodie, donate.lls.org/lls/donate or to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation JDRF.org in loving memory of his grandson, Joshua.