After a long battle with dementia, Frank E. Critzer, age 92, has gone to be with the Lord.
He was born to George Wilson Critzer and Iva Davis Critzer on November 15, 1927, in Covington, VA.
Frank served his country as a frogman trained in underwater demolition in the Navy during WWII in the Philippines, the Korean war, and at Pearl Harbor. After serving his country, he became a welder for the Fisher Tank and Welding Company. Frank loved to sing to any soul who would listen, with one of his favorite songs being “Heaven’s My Home.”
Mr. Critzer was married to Anna Honaker Critzer for 72 years.
He was predeceased by his father and mother; brothers, Cecil Critzer (Margaret), Guy Critzer (Mary), and William “Billy” Critzer (Carolyn); and sister, Louise Ragland (Fred).
He is survived by three children: son, Frank E. Critzer Jr. (Julieta) of Gloucester, VA, and daughters, Mary “Tina” Chrismon (George) and Dianne Rohrbaugh (Richard), both of Hampton, VA; three grandchildren, Steven Critzer (Debbie), Brian Chrismon, and Waylon “Mackie” Chrismon; one great-grandchild, Bret Critzer (Tamara); one great-great-grandchild, Alice Critzer; three stepchildren: stepson, Alonso Mena, and stepdaughters, Darlene Niehaus and Lorene Rohrbaugh; sister-in-law, Margaret Critzer; and several nieces and nephews.
A visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, 2020, at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, with a service at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 6, 2020, at the First Calvary Baptist Church, 162 Alleghany Rd., Hampton VA, 23661.
Friends are encouraged to visit www.parklawn-woodfh.com to share memories and offer words of condolence with the family.
Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home in Hampton is in charge of arrangements.
Obituary originally published in the March 3, 2020, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.