Thursday, December 6, 2007

Armstrong "Army" Crider, formerly of Cassville, died Nov. 25, 2007, at the age of 96, at Active Care at Pt. Loma, in San Diego, CA. Army was born Oct. 29, 1911, in Maitland, MO, son of Armstrong Black Crider and Mary Elizabeth Goodpasture.

He played on a State Champion high school basketball team, then went to Missouri University to play basketball and earn a degree in Business Administration.

He met fellow student, Louise Ferguson, at an "Ice Breaker Dance" and they both graduated in 1934, then married June 6, 1936.

Army and Louise celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary before she died in August, 2003.

They had three daughters--Carolyn, who died at age 7, Jo Anne who married the former Joe Ellis of Cassville, and Dr. Sue Crider Atkins who married Peter Atkins of New Zealand and teaches at Pt. Loma Nazarene University in San Diego.

Army has two grandchildren--Laura Johnson of Springfield and Dr. Dean Ellis of Kansas City, and three great-grandchildren: Alexandra Johnson, 15, Jacob Johnson, 12, and Ethan Ellis, 8.

Army worked for "Ma Bell" in St. Louis 37 years retiring in 1973 and moving to Cassville.

He served on the St. Louis County Special School District Board 20 years, the YMCA Board and Lions Club. He has had a lifelong interest in Missouri University and the Republican Party. He belonged to the MU Jefferson Club and often sponsored scholarships.

Since retiring and moving to Cassville in 1973, Army has belonged to the Cassville United Methodist Church, the Rotary Club, and Springfield Pioneers. He and Louise were quite active in the Methodist Church where he sang tenor in the choir. They both served many times as Lay Witness Mission speakers in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, and New Zealand.

Army played golf until 86, when he and Louise moved to Elfindale, a retirement community in Springfield.

After Louise's death in 2003, Army moved to San Diego to be near his daughter, Sue. He attended Pt. Loma United Methodist Church.

He will be remembered for his love of sports, his sense of humor, his deep religious faith, his great generosity, and his wonderful love of Louise.

Services were at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Cassville United Methodist Church with visitation from 9 to 10 a.m. at the church. Interment followed at Tipton Memorial Cemetery in Tipton, MO, with a graveside service at 4 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cassville United Methodist Church.

Arrangements were under the direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville.

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