Hobert Ben Criss America's greatest generation lost another champion as longtime Amherst resident Hobert Criss, 87, passed away April 29th at his home surrounded by those who loved him. Hobert was born February 28, 1926 in Webster Springs, West Virginia where he was raised. He joined the United States Navy in 1944 and fought in the South Pacific aboard the Air Craft Carrier USS Nassau. During his service he received the World War II Victory Medal, the American Theatre Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal, and the Asiatic-Pacific Medal. After his discharge, Hobert returned to his home and met the love of his life, Blanche Agnes Allen. They were married on April 29, 1946. Hobert and Blanche moved to Amherst where Hobert worked for General Motors in Elyria for two years, then thirty years at Ford Motor Company in Lorain as a millwright. Hobert is best remembered as a World Class competition lumberjack and received national recognition for his ability to shave men with axes. His favorite pastimes include hunting, fishing and singing with his church choir and the Amherst Community Choir. Hobert is survived by his wife Blanche, daughter Connie Williams (Dave) of Wakeman, sons Ben Criss (Iris) of Vermilion, and Kevin Criss (Vicki) of Boulder, Colorado; six grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and his brother John of Vestal, New York. Hobert was preceded in death by his parents Paul and Pearl of Webster Springs, West Virginia; sisters Sarah Ward of Webster Springs, Betty Wiggins of Washington D.C.; brothers Paul of Grafton, Ohio, Hubert of Webster Springs and Frank of Greenwood, Indiana. Family will receive friends from 10:00 to 12:00 noon on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at Hempel Funeral Home, 373 Cleveland Ave., Amherst, Ohio. Funeral services will be Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 12:00 noon. The Rev. Michael Plog, Pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Amherst will officiate. Military Honors will be performed by the Amherst Veterans Military Honor Guard. Burial will follow at Brownhelm Cemetery, Vermilion. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Faith Baptist Church, 440 North Lake St., Amherst, OH 44001; or Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or http://woundedwarrierproject.org.
Published in The Morning Journal on May 2, 2013