John Robert ìBobî Crites, 87 of Hendersonville, went home to be with the Lord Friday, June 5, 2009 at Four Seasons Hospice Elizabeth House. Born in Omaha, Nebraska he was a son of the late Robert and Mary Jackson and was also preceded in death by a brother William Ralph ìBillî Crites and a sister Mary Ellen Fraser.
He was a 1st Lieutenant in the US Army, a veteran of WWII serving in the European and Pacific Theatres. He was then a member of the US Army Reserves for 20 years. He attended the University of Nebraska College of Engineering and was employed by Mobil Oil for 38 years.
He had been a resident of Henderson County for the past 14 years. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, the Christian Businessmenís Association, and the Truth Seekers Sunday School class of First Baptist Church.
Surviving is his wife of 65 years, Jean L. Crites; two sons Stanley R. Crites and Scott R. Crites both of Omaha, Nebraska; grandchildren Jennifer A Skibinski, Matthew R. Crites, Katharine Reisbig, Nicholas Crites, and Laura Crites; great-grandchildren Ava Clare Reisbig, Abigail Crites, and Ella Ann Skibinski.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00am Tuesday in the chapel of First Baptist Church. Rev. Wally Shamburger will officiate. Burial will take place at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 120 Executive Park, Bldg. 1, Asheville, NC 28801.
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