Herbert C. Krichbaum
CRESTLINE: Herbert C. Krichbaum, 96 of Crestline, died Sunday, April 2, 2017 at Arbors of Mifflin, Mansfield.
Herb was born in Crestline on May 26, 1920 to the late John Albert and Lillie (Pfahler) Krichbaum. He married Millie Jean Adams on October 19, 1947 and she preceded him in death on February 6, 1992. Herb married Virginia (Ayers) Brant on April 3, 1993 and she survives him.
Herb moved to Crestline in 1993 from Galion, and throughout his life lived in Columbus, Shelby, and Galion. He was a 1938 graduate of Crestline High School, an undergraduate of Capital University in 1947, then went on to receive a Master of Arts from The Ohio State University in 1956. Herb proudly served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army for 50 months in WWII, where he organized and instructed a drum and bugle corps. He was stationed at Camp Wheeler in Macon, GA where he taught explosives and demolitions.
Herb retired from Galion Public Schools after 25 years of service as Vocal Music Director. He previously taught in the Ontario, Whetstone and Leesville Schools. Herb retired with a total of 34 years of service. He was the Shelby Legion Band Director for 8 years. He served as the chairman of the Fine Arts Department at Galion High School. Many will remember Herb on Friday nights at the football stadium where he was the voice of the Galion Tiger Marching Band. A talented musician, Herb played the piano, organ, trumpet, guitar, and most any other instrument. Herb directed the Galion Community Chorus for 30 years and was the founder of the annual production of Handel's Messiah. Many in the community were taught private music lessons from Herb over his 53 year career, retiring in 1997.
Herb was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Galion where he served as Choir Director for 45 years. Currently, he was a member of the Ontario United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Galion Rotary Club, the Crestline Historical Society and a board member of Crawford County Society of Crippled Children and Adults.
In addition to his wife he is survived by his daughter, Melanie (Deacon Felix) Azzola, Delaware; 3 step-daughters: Marcia (Larry) Hetrick, Westerville, Sandra Watrous, Lexington, and Brenda (Roger) Chellew, Clayton, NC; grandchildren: Paul (Catherine) Azzola, Christopher Azzola, Aaron Azzola, Michael Azzola and Emily Azzola, Jennifer (Michael) Davis, Rebecca Hetrick, Lauren Watrous, Paul (Beth) Bisson, Alan Bisson, Eric Bisson, Zachary Chellew, Ben (Jessica) Chellew, Alex Chellew; great grandchildren: Leo Azzola, Ryan Azzola, Noah Bisson, Isaac Bisson, Kahlan Bisson, Devon Chellew, Abigail Davis, Elizabeth McKay, Colin McKay, and Lauren McKay.
In addition to his parents and his first wife, Jean, he was preceded in death by his step-son-in-law, William Watrous.
Friends may call Thurs. April 6, 2017 from 4-7 PM at the Schneider-Gompf Funeral Home, 303 Portland Way North, Galion. Funeral services will be at the Ontario United Methodist Church, 3540 Park Ave. West, Ontario on Fri. April 7, 2017 at 10:30 AM with Rev. Peg Welch officiating. Burial will follow in Crawford County Memory Gardens, Crestline. Military graveside services will be given by the Galion Crestline Veterans Military Funeral Detail.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ontario United Methodist Church for the music program in care of the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made to the family at masfh.com