Craig Thomas Bossler

July 19, 1939March 6, 2019

Craig Thomas Bossler of Reading aka Pop, Uncle Craig, Mr. B, CB and CT left this world for a better place on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at age 79. Born on July 19, 1939 in Fleetwood, he was the third child of Thomas C. and Maude E. (Stiely) Bossler. He was predeceased by his adopted daughter, Sally A. Suranofsky, both parents, his sister, Shirley F. Burgert and his brother, Bruce L. Bossler. Surviving are nieces and nephews. He was a life long bachelor. He was a member of Alsace Lutheran Church.

He attended Fleetwood schools and graduated Class of '57 (Heinz). Attending Reading Business Institute, he studied accounting, graduating in 1960. His career employment was with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania State Police as Clerk-Typist I and retired after 25 years later as Troop Office Manager. He celebrated 33 years of retirement this past Christmas.

He was well known for his interest in North American railroading, with a particular interest in heavy duty and special type flat cars, amassing a library of 150 lineal feet at one point and a collection of over 59,000 slides and prints. His drawings and photography appeared in national circulation publication Railroad Model Craftsman and other railroad publications and research.

He also built numerous models over the years, from scratch, ordinary kits, craftsman kits, combinations of kits and conducted numerous wreck rebuilds advocating this was good therapy.

He authored three books relating to freight, passenger and non revenue equipment and his photography appeared in others of the same series. He was also a member of various railroad historical groups and was a member of the Pennsylvania Railroad Technical and Historical Society.

Services for Craig are private and at the convenience of the family. Theo C. Auman Funeral Home, Downtown is honored to serve Craig's family.

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Jonathan Batdorf

March 10, 2019

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