May 10, 1920January 13, 2014

Critselous, Edward Dale of Knoxville, TN died Monday, January 13, 2014 at the age of 93. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church for over 50 years, and served a number of years on the Church Council and as President of the Congregation, he also served on a number of the committees. Was elected and served 4 terms on the executive committee of the Southeastern Synod, in Atlanta, he also was elected as a delegate to the national convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America 4 different times. He was a Lay Pastor and served congregations in the East Tennessee area where a vacancy existed or when pastors were on vacation, or other reasons. He was retired from his own business. He was also a life member of The Knoxville Elks Lodge.

Preceded in death by his Parents Homer V. and Sudie L. Critselous, brother Lloyd Critselous and sister Jean Kirchner.

Survivors include: Wife Mary Jane Critselous, Son and daughter-in-law Gary Dale Critselous and Celeste H. Critselous, granddaughters Ashleigh Meaghan and Chelsea LeAnne Critselous, grandson Alexander David, great grandson Jaiden Shane all of Knoxville and a host of nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Mr. Critselous name to St. John’s Lutheran Church, 544 North Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917.

Family and friends will meet at Sherwood Memorial Gardens on Alcoa Highway Thursday, January 16, 2014 for a 3pm graveside service. A Celebration of Life Service will be held Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 2pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Rev. Steve Misenheimer, Rev. Amy Figg and Rev. John Tirro officiating. A receiving of friends will follow the service in the Welcome Center. Arrangements by Lynnhurst/Greenwoood Chapel. Friends may leave their condolences at


  • Graveside Service Thursday, January 16, 2014


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Anita Barker

February 9, 2014

Dale was always such an inspiration to me and my family at St Johns. I will always remember him and the faith he stood for. I appreciated the chance to know and worship with him

Tim Mapes

January 21, 2014

Gary and Family, I was saddened to hear of your Dad's passing. He was someone I have greatly admired and respected since I was a child - a humble servant who loved the Lord, his family and his church. In my mind, he was a giant of a man in a small package. I was blessed to know and worship with him.

Fred & Ann Russell

January 19, 2014

Peace be with you and your family, Gary, as you celebrate your Dad's life. The Celebration of Life at St. John's was a wonderful commemoration of a life well served by one of God's faithful servants.

Karen Duncan

January 19, 2014

We were so sorry to hear of the loss of your Father. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.
Clark and Karen Duncan

Anita Barker

January 19, 2014

Dale was an icon at St Johns Lutheran. He was always there. Such a kind hearted man. A finer Christian man you could not find.

Susan Bradford

January 17, 2014

Keeping your family in prayer. Dale was a warm, welcoming presence at St. John's and he will be sorely missed.

Laura Cash

January 17, 2014

Prayers go out to the family. It will not be the same at St John's without his greeting and smiling face.

Barry &Pam Thompson

January 17, 2014

We are sorry for your loss. Mr Critselous was such a kind, caring man. He had such a warm smile and kind words for all. He will be greatly missed.

Robin Bird Jones

January 17, 2014

Mr. Critselous was such a wonderful man, I recall the days at St John's and the smiling face that he had to greet us. You all were blessed to have had your husband and your dad for so many years. My thoughts and prayers with each of you.

Elyse Costner

January 16, 2014

Gary and daughters, I was an old neighbor of yours in Halls. I am sorry to hear about your father passing. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.