CRIDER, JR "Pete"|
JR 'Pete' Crider, of Marble Falls, passed away on April 22, 2014. Pete was born to Rosa (Gibson) and Joseph P. Crider December 16, 1914. He was born in a house where Horseshoe Bay is located and grew up in the Marble Falls area. This was his home for 99 years. He married Agnes Marie Michalak on June 29, 1941 in Brenham, TX. She precedes him in death.
He worked for Chester Barnett in car sales, and then became the area's General Electric dealer working with Richard Giesecke. He held many different volunteer positions in the community. Among a few were fire chief of the MFVFD, ambulance driver, driver of band instruments to out of town football games, and other high school booster/volunteer jobs. Going to sports events meant working in the concession stand. His pickup carried logs and brush to many of the MFHS pep rally bonfires prior to the big homecoming game. He was among the very first few to introduce and participate in recreational boating and water skiing on Lake Marble Falls in the late 50's-60's. He taught many local young people, along with his own children, to ski on Lake Marble Falls. After retirement he spent many happy days traveling with wife Agnes. Adventures ranged from Texas travel trailer trips to touring the US, Europe, Mexico, and South America. Pete enjoyed tinkering in his shop and could repair just about anything or create a new way to make it work. He enjoyed playing dominoes and cards with friends. Pete loved fishing and hosted many fish fry dinners for family and friends. Hunting was also a big part of his life, killing his last buck at age 90. The family has a photo of him as a young man standing on the original wooden MF bridge which washed out in the flood of 1937. From then on, until the previous bridge was built, travel across the river was by ferry. He enjoyed watching the weekly progress made on the newest bridges. He was Granddaddy to his grandchildren and great grandchildren whom he dearly loved.
Agnes and Pete celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in 2011 with a party at Gateway Gardens Assisted Living in Marble Falls where they have been living since 2005. Included in the momentous occasion was an endowment set up at Highland Lakes Legacy Fund as a scholarship to be presented to a Marble Falls High School senior each year in their name.
Pete's wife, Agnes, passed away in January 2013. Sisters Ophelia, Hun, Angeline, and Sarah and two brothers Ray and Otto precede him in death. Surviving family is daughter Kay Berger and husband, Billy Joe, of Blanco, son Jerry Crider of Corpus Christi, and daughter Nancy Pettersen and husband, Pete, of Spring Branch; six grandchildren, Beth McManus, Bill, Michael and Margaret Berger, Stacy Richards and Jennifer Miskovsky; four great grandchildren, Tim McManus, Drew Westervelt and Sarah and Ella Miskovsky. Pete's sister, Lucille Newman, lives in Fredericksburg. He, also, had many nieces and nephews who thought he was very special. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. Marble Falls is a better community because of the Criders. Agnes and Pete will be remembered most kindly and with great respect.
Visitation will be held Sunday, April 27, 6-8:00PM at the Wilcox-Clements Funeral Chapel in Marble Falls. The Funeral Service will be Monday, April 28, 11:00AM at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Marble Falls. The eulogy will be offered by The Rev. Max Copeland. Interment will follow at the Marble Falls City Cemetery.
The family would like to express our sincere appreciation for the loving care and kindness Pete received from the staff at Gateway Gardens Assisted Living in Marble Falls with special thanks to Mary Reed and family friend and caregiver, Rosie Franco. The family is also grateful to Seton Hospice for their immense kindness, respect and assistance. Memorial contributions can be made to Highland Lakes Legacy Fund for the 'Crider Family Scholarship Fund'.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Apr. 25 to Apr. 28, 2014