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James F. “Fred” Critten, 94

October 7, 2013

James F. “Fred” Critten, 94, formerly of St. Marys, passed away at 8:15 p.m. Oct. 4, 2013, at his residence in Lexington, Ky.

He was born on Aug. 10, 1919, in St. Marys, the son of Frederick and Louise (Beckman) Critten, both of whom preceded him in death.

On Sept. 18, 1942, he married Elizabeth “Betty” Bernhold and she preceded him in death on Jan. 6, 1996.

He is survived by two daughters, Kathy Archuleta of Chatham, Ill. and Connie Ecabert of Lexington, Ky.; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren.

He is also preceded in death by a son-in-law, Gene Archuleta; a brother, Harry Critten; two sisters, Dorothy Schwartz and Florence Meyers.

Fred was a 1937 graduate of St. Marys Memorial High School. He served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II, where he received a bronze star.

He retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 42 years of service.

He was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, a life member of the St. Marys VFW Post 9289 and a former member of the K of C.

Visitation hours will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, at Cisco Funeral Home in St. Marys, located at 1175 E. Greenville Road.

To conclude the visitation, a prayer service will be held at 8 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Holy Rosary Church in St. Marys.

The family will also receive friends one hour prior to the service Wednesday at the funeral home.

Burial will follow at Gethsemane Cemetery in St. Marys, where military honors will be given b the St. Marys VFW Post 9289.

Memorial contributions can be made to the church.

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