Chris L. Crittenden

September 2, 1951February 27, 2020
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Chris L. Crittenden, 68, died suddenly and peacefully in his home on February 27, 2020.

He was born in Wellington, KS, to the late Raymond and Vera Crittenden on September 2, 1951. Chris graduated in 1969 from Wellington High School. After high school, he entered the Army National Guard serving for 6 years, honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant in 1977.

Chris's professional career spanned over 52 years in the industrial and auto parts industry. The majority of his career was spent in supervision and management. He advanced his education at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. He retired in 2018 from Murdock Industrial after 14 years.

Chris was married for 50 years to his high school sweetheart Jeanie (Becker) Crittenden. She survives him as well as their 2 children Shanna (Crittenden) and Chris Gilbert, Chad and Andrea Crittenden; granddaughters Sydney Nichole Gilbert, Busy Rose Crittenden, Emmy Lynn Crittenden and Elsie Jo Crittenden, all of Wichita, Kansas; sister Susie (Crittenden) and Steve Cochran; and beloved dog Sweetie.

Preceding him in death, his brother Michael Ray Crittenden and his parents.

Chris and Jeanie are long-time parishioners of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Andover, KS. Serving in a number of capacities including Eucharistic Minister, Usher, Unitas Marriage Preparation Sponsor and Confirmation Sponsor.

He loved spending time with his granddaughters, taking Sweetie for long walks and was a passionate shopper of all things.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to:

St. Jude's Children's Hospital, Memorials Processing, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959

or Kansas Humane Society, 3313 N. Hillside, Wichita, KS 67219

Vigil will be held on Monday, March 2, at 7 p.m.

Funeral service Tuesday, March 3, at 11 a.m.; luncheon immediately following.

All services will be held at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 123 N. Andover Rd., Andover, KS. Private graveside service will be held at a later time.


  • Garrett Glaser, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Shane Hackworth, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Steve Cochran, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Charles Wallace, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Mike Glick, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Leo Helsel, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Vigil

    Monday, March 2, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, March 3, 2020


Chris L. Crittenden

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Bev Wood

March 7, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. In 1999, Chris was working for Jobber’s and he hired me to be the manager at the El Dorado All Pro store. He was always so kind and helpful to me. I am sure he will be greatly missed.

Kim Spexarth

March 5, 2020

I am so sorry I missed the service. I did not know Chris has passed till I received a text on Tuesday evening. I am so sorry for your loss.
Many prayers are coming your way.

Barbara Ferguson

March 3, 2020

I'm so sorry to hear of Chris's passing. What a fun guy to be around back in the good old days. I really loved looking at the pictures and it reminded me of the great times we had as friends. You are in my thoughts and prayers always.

Kent Long

March 3, 2020

Jeanie and Family
Words can't express how sorry I am to hear of Chris's passing. As I was thinking of him and remembering him it dawned on me I have known him for over forty years. He was a mentor, coach, boss, co-worker but most importantly a friend. I can't say enough about what a nice guy he was and that he truly cared about people. I know my life wouldn't have been the same without knowing him, he made me a better person. I pray for God's comfort for each of you.

Kent Long

Rick & Sharon Gash

March 2, 2020

Dear Crittenden Family,
Rick and I are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
It was always such a joy for us to see and visit with your family at church and to watch Chad on tv. Your joyful family brought joy to us.
Love, Sharon and Rick Gash


February 29, 2020

Worked with Chris for 10 years at Murdock Companies and we
enjoyed good times together. He was fun person to work with
and we supported each other in our work. Sorry of your loss but
I feel he is in heaven looking down on us. He left a very large legacy
and will be missed by all that knew him, worked with him, and came
into contact with him.

Our hearts go out to the family at this time and asking God for
strength and comfort for you.
Best wishes & Love, LEO R. HELSEL, JR. & LINDA M. HELSEL

Marcia Burden

February 29, 2020

So sorry for your loss. Chris was such a nice and friendly person. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Yvonna Tozier

February 29, 2020

Jeanie, I was so shocked at seeing Chris’s sudden passing. We chatted often on Facebook n he was such a close friend of my brother Duane Claiborne growing up, Chris was often at our home n a nicer young boy you could never find. Chris was always so upbeat n happy, loved talking about his family on FB n his love for you was as strong as when you were newlyweds. I know he has been a tremendous help to you since your accident. Please know you n your family are in my prayers n may Chris Rest In Peace with our Heavenly Father!

Jan Feaster

February 29, 2020

So sorry to read this sad news. Sincere sympathy for your loss.

Michele (Moyer) Musick

February 29, 2020

So sorry to hear of Chris’ passing. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.