Clifford B. Criss

March 28, 1929 ‒ April 05, 2020

Mansfield, Ohio

Graveside Service for Clifford

MANSFIELD: Clifford B. Criss, 91, of Mansfield passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 5, 2020 at OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital.

Clifford’s life began on March 28, 1929 in the town of Fellowsville, WV.  He was the oldest son of the late Dorsey B. Criss and the late Elva G. Zinn Criss Freeman, and his late stepfather, Charles Freeman.  He graduated from Fellowsville High School, in Fellowsville, WV. Clifford was very proud to be from West Virginia and he and his wife, Helen, loved watching the West Virginia Mountaineers play basketball.

Clifford served his country in the US Army during the Korean War and was a dedicated member of the Mansfield Baptist Temple.  He retired from the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. of Mansfield in 1991, where he worked as a production manager for many years.

Clifford was renowned for his woodworking and gardening skills.  Clifford and Helen spent their retirement years together making beautiful crafts, furniture, and memories.  Clifford touched the lives of many people with his smile, generosity, his love for growing things, and his ability to create such beautiful things out of old barn wood.  Clifford also had a love for fishing, and spent many afternoons catching perch up on Lake Erie.

Clifford is survived by the love of his life, Helen Jean Pratt Criss, whom he married on November 28, 1952; two sons and daughters-in-law, Donald and Christine Criss of Knoxville, TN, and David and Robyn Criss of Ontario; a daughter and son-in-law, Debra and James Tackett of Butler; one half-brother, Michael Criss of Mansfield; 5 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother, father, stepfather, sister Wilma Wolfe, brother Ralph Criss, and two half-brothers, Dale and Steven Criss.

Private funeral services for his family will be held in the Finefrock Chapel of the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mansfield Cemetery, where the graveside service will be held Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 2 p.m. and will be live-streamed on the funeral home’s Facebook’s location page: Snyder Funeral Homes (Finefrock Chapel in Mansfield). Pastor Robert Kurtz will officiate.

A future memorial service is planned.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory to Mansfield Baptist Temple may be forwarded to the funeral home: 350 Marion Avenue, Mansfield, OH 44903.

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  • Our love and prayers to you during this sad time. He was a very kind and sweet man.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for all members of the family. May the Lord provide peace and comfort during this time.

  • So sorry to read of Cliff’s passing. He and Helen were very special neighbors for many years. May God bless and comfort your family.

  • So very sorry to hear of the passing of Clifford. They’ve been wonderful neighbors most of my life. Praying for comfort.

  • Really sorry to here the passing of Clifford, couldn’t have had a better or more friendly neighbor growing up.

  • Clifford was a very nice man that was kind to all of us youngsters running around the neighborhood in the ’60s and ’70s. I’m sure he will be missed.

  • Dear Helen, my heartfelt condolences to you, your children and family. Husband Rod thought highly of Cliff and brother Ralph as trusted hardworking Canada Dry employees; Cliff and Rod retired from Pepsi Cola at the same time I recall. I’m confident your faith, family will support and be a comfort you in the days ahead. Sincerely, Marian Blahnik

  • Dear Helen, Don, Debbie and family:
    My deepest condolences on the loss of your beloved husband, father and grandfather.
    May God speed peace to you and your families…

  • Dear Helen Jean and Family,

    We were so sorry to learn of Clifford’s passing. Thank you for the memorial announcement. It has been many years since we have had the pleasure of seeing all of you. When I asked Harry if he had a memory of Clifford he immediately responded with “the night Harry Sr. was struck by lightning Clifford went to the hospital with them.” Harry was pleased that he was able to speak with Debbie earlier today and to share his condolences with her. You all were so blessed to have had Clifford in your lives for so many years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Take care and may God Bless.