Ray H. Crumling, 76, sales manager

September 13, 2006

Ray Harrison Crumling, a retired general sales manager and homebuilder, died of a heart attack Friday at St. Joseph Medical Center. The Baldwin resident was 76.

Mr. Crumling was born in Baltimore and raised on Ready Avenue in Govans. From 1948 to 1952, he served in the Marine Corps and attained the rank of sergeant.

After returning from the service, Mr. Crumling earned his General Educational Development certificate from Polytechnic Institute and attended night classes for several years at the University of Baltimore to earn a bachelor's degree in marketing in 1962.

He worked in contract residential sales for General Electric Supply Corp., selling appliances to builders. In 1960, he joined White-Westinghouse in Baltimore, rising to general sales manager of the firm that also sold appliances to builders. He retired in 1990.

After he retired, he had a homebuilding business.

Mr. Crumling was a member of the Tuscan Masonic Lodge, Boumi Temple and the Royal Order of Jesters.

An avid golfer, he was a member of the Boumi Golf Club and the Towson Golf and Country Club.

A World War II history buff, Mr. Crumling traveled to Europe in 1999 to visit Normandy and other significant war sites.

Mr. Crumling donated his body to the Maryland Anatomy Board. Plans for a memorial service were incomplete yesterday.

Surviving are his wife of 53 years, the former Lu Ann Pillatt; two daughters, Luray Vivian Bucko of Columbia, Mo., and Denise Crumling Gibson of King George, Va.; and four grandchildren.

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