Created on Wednesday, 09 January 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
Criss Crissinger, 87, of Ashland, passed away late Monday morning, Jan. 7, 2013, in the Good Shepherd, following an extended illness.
He was born in Galion on Jan. 7, 1926, a son of the late William A. and Ada Shaw Crissinger.
He is a graduate of Galion High School and a 1949 graduate of Ohio University, where he majored in civil engineering. Following his college graduation he moved to Ashland.
He married the former Joan Boyer on Oct. 7, 1951. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force from October 1944 to October 1945 as a cadet.
He retired in 1983 after 34 years of service as a civil engineer for the State of Ohio, where he served as assistant deputy director in the field. He was especially proud that he was instrumental in the development of the covered bridge that spans the Clear Fork River gorge. The bridge became an attraction in the park. The project was a combined effort of Criss and the Department of Natural Resources and was completed in 1969. He also was instrumental in determining the location of the Mohican Lodge.
He was a devoted member of the First United Methodist Church, where he proudly served as an usher and youth basketball coach. A 60-year member of the Masons, he also was a member of the A.S.C.E., and was an active member of the Y.M.C.A., where he served on the Board of Trustees.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Joan Crissinger of Ashland; one son, Paul (Julie) Crissinger of West Liberty; two granddaughters, Madeline and Monica Crissinger; several nieces and nephews; and an exchange student, Jan Wallander of Los Gatos, Calif.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Ann Crissinger who passed away in 1966; one sister, Marian Blacketer; and four brothers, Woodrow, Donald, Chalm and Carl Crissinger.
The Rev. Dan Bilkert officiates a funeral at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Denbow-Primm-Kemery Funeral Home, Ashland, where visitation is from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday. Interment is in the Ashland County Memorial Park, where the Ashland Veteran’s Honor Guard conducts full military honors.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 220 Sandusky St., Ashland, 44805; and to the Ashland Y.M.C.A., 207 Miller, Ashland 44805.
Express condolences at www.dpkfh.com.