SFC Walter A. Criss, (U.S. Army, Ret.), 94 of Spencer, West Virginia, died Monday, August 10, 2015, at his home.|
He was born April 7, 1921, at Milo, Calhoun County, a son of the late Noah A. and Elsie Duffield Criss.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Frankie E. Greathouse Criss on December 21, 2006; one brother, Harry; and one sister, Lucille.
SFC Criss was a decorated 20 year veteran of the U.S. Army. He served his country through the years of World War II and the Korean War, retiring August 31, 1961. On December 7, 2011, he was appointed a "Chevalier" of the Legion of Honor by French President Sarkozy for "your merits and accomplishmentsâ¦during the liberation of France during World War II."
On May 16, 2013, the W.Va. Legislature passed House Concurrent Resolution 120 requesting the WVDOH to name the bridge at the junction of Market Street and Front Street '1st Sgt Walter Criss Bridge, United States Army' for his "risk and contributions during World War II and the Korean War."
Also, after his retirement, he had worked for Monarch Rubber Company, Spencer Housing Authority and the Roane County Board of Education. He was a member of the American Legion Post 21, Spencer and V.F.W. Post 5959, Grantsville.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Norman A. and Sue Criss of Louisville, Ky.; daughter and son-in-law, Nora A. and Charles L. Cox of Barberton, Ohio; four grandchildren, Christopher Cox, April Cox, Scott Criss and his wife Kandice, Beth Stumpf and her husband, Rick; five great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Friday, August 14 at the John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with the Rev. Robert Shannon, Post 21 Chaplin, officiating. Burial, with military honors accorded by the U.S. Army Honor Guard, will be in the Eventide Cemetery, Spencer. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be expressed at taylorfuneralhomeinc.com