Railroad Person of the Year 2019


Richard Crandall


2019 Railroad Person of the Year




Richard “Dick” Crandall has been selected the 2019 Railroad Person of the Year.  This award is sponsored by Durand Union Station, Inc. in conjunction with Durand Railroad Days.


Richard graduated from Birch Run High School in 1969 and started working for the railroad immediately after graduation.  He worked for Grand Trunk Western/Canadian National as a First Class Carpenter, Assistant Foreman and Foreman for the Bridges & Building Division.  He worked out of several locations including Durand, Pontiac, and Detroit.  After 41 years of service, he retired from the railroad in 2010.


Richard is a second-generation Grand Trunk Western/Canadian National railroad worker; both his father and his brother each served thirty years with the same company.  The family has over 100 years of a combined service-a true railroad family.


Richard also served for 32 years as a fireman with the Montrose Township Fire Department where he was a first responder and sergeant driver.  In addition, he was a First Response volunteer for various Montrose sporting events and played Santa for the fire department.  He was a charter member of the Montrose Eagles who bestowed him with the Outstanding Citizen Award.  Other awards include Citizen of the Month from the City of Montrose and Fireman of the Year twice.


Richard has been married to his wife, Trudy, for 44 years and, have lived in Montrose their entire married lives.  They have two daughters, Tiffany Hassett, and Stacey Lee as well as three grandchildren, Kannon Hassett, Nicholas Lee, and Madison Lee.


Richard enjoys fishing, hunting, camping and spending time with friends at the Montrose Depot known fondly as the “Liar’s Club”.


Please congratulate Richard as he receives his award on Friday, May 17 at 6 p.m. at the Durand Union Station and, wave to him as he passes by in the Railroad Days Parade!


Past Railroad Person of the Year

     2018 Jerry Chapman
     2017 Rod Baker
     2016 Neil Randall
     2015 Richard Dean Craven
     2014 Jerry Mowen
     2013 Larry Riddle
     2012 James Vandendries
     2011 Sue Hatherill
     2010 Cliff & Marie Semple
     2009 Don Gray
     2008 Herbert Scrivener
     2007 David Lewis
     2006 Philip Perri
     2005 Robert "Brake Shoe" Brancheau
     2004 Jon Hayes
     2003 Pat Post
     2002 Robert Buck
     2001 William "Mac" McLaughlin
     2000 Ray Russell
     1999 James Mohn
     1998 Forest C. Hines
     1997 Wayne N. Roddy
     1996 J.J. Casady
     1995 Chester "Chet" Liestenfeltz
     1994 Margaret Powell
     1993 John Walworth
     1992 Lloyd Russell
     1991 Ernie Spicer
     1990 Earl Hart
     1989 Sherwood Weichner
     1988 Clare Jewell
     1987 Lloyd Eicher
     1986 Perry Parsall
     1985 Clyde Hayes
     1984 Arthur VanRiper
     1983 Tracy McClure
     1982 Anthony "Tony" Kolman
     1981 Noble Haver
     1980 Ora Goul
     1979 Eddie Crane
     1978 Frederick Tranzrow
     1977 Glenn Willie