Edward M. "Crazy Ed" Cheslock Sr., 72, Altoona, died Monday evening at the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home.
He was born in Gallitzin, son of the late Michael and Ann (Zolnak) Cheslock.
Surviving are three daughters: Deborah (Bill) Scully, Brenda (Mark) Oswalt and Billie (Bob) Egan, all of Altoona; three sons: Edward Jr. (Carla) of Altoona, Mike (Karri) in New York and John (Nicole) in Delaware; 13 grandchildren: Curtis Clouser, Ashley (Joey) Inman, Kristy (Josh) Sizemore, Ian Oswalt, Jordan Cheslock, Michael R. Cheslock, Kyle Cheslock, Myranda Oswalt, Jenna Cheslock, Owen Egan, Elliott Egan, Pierce Cheslock and Eden Cheslock; and four great-grandchildren: Meya Inman, Cora Clouser, Jojo Inman and Heuston Inman.
He is also survived by two sisters: Shirley (Don) McIntyre and Charlotte Hampton, both of Altoona; a brother, Tom (Judy) of Altoona; and an adopted sister, Barbara Leake.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Louise "Toots" Counterman; and two brothers-in-law: George Hampton and David Weaver.
Ed was a graduate of Altoona High School and served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a corporal during the Vietnam War. He was stationed at Subic Bay, Manila, Philippines, where he married his children's mother, Billie DelaCruz. He had been employed by PPG in Tipton as a machine operator, retiring on disability in 2002 after 34 years of service.
He was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Parish and attended Calvary Baptist Church, and he also attended Adult Day Services at Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries. He was a life member of the Bavarian Aid Society and a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 551.
Ed enjoyed his family, coaching football, and watching football, wrestling, bowling and anything to do with Norte Dame. Most importantly, he enjoyed making a stranger smile and laugh.
Friends will be received from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 23, 2014, at Stanley J. Krish Funeral Home Inc., 1204 17th St., Altoona, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 24, 2014, Pastor Ron Anderson officiating. Committal will be at St. Patrick's Cemetery, Gallitzin.
In lieu of flowers for Ed, the family requests that memorial donations to be sent to Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy, 925 Busse Road, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007, in honor of his granddaughter, Eden; or to the Brian Morden Foundation, Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation, 1330 11th Ave., Altoona, PA 16602, in honor of his grandson, Owen.