In memory of

John Henry Criss

April 11, 1927 - May 28, 2015
John Henry Criss

John Henry Criss

Born: April 11, 1927
Died: May 28, 2015
Age: 88
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   John Henry Criss of Sac City, IA, passed away at Park View Rehabilitation Center in Sac City on May 28, 2015, after a series of medical problems which began with a broken leg in September 2014.

   John was born April 11, 1927, in Rockford, IL, the younger of two sons of Eugene and Alice Criss.  He received the first 13 years of his education in the Sac City public schools.  John graduated in 1949 from the University of Iowa where he earned his B.A. degree in Economics.  Following graduation he was employed by Washington Manufacturing Co., a clothing manufacturer, as a salesman in Northern Illinois.

   John was drafted into the Army in 1950 serving with the 45th Division, 19th Infantry Regiment in Japan and Korea.  Following his discharge in 1952, he returned to Sac City and joined his father in Chief Clothing Co., a prominent men’s clothier in Sac City since 1929.  John remained with Chief Clothing until 1997 when he sold the business and retired.

   In memory of his great-grandfather Judge Eugene Criss, founding father of Sac City, John purchased land on main street near the bridge, contracted to have a beautiful gazebo designed and meticulously constructed there, and upon its completion presented it to the City of Sac City.  John was very proud of his heritage and Sac City and gave in many ways to his community.

   John was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Sac City, the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and past member of the Sac City Kiwanis Club.

   John’s hobbies were golf, fishing, hunting, and stained glass art.  He also enjoyed tree planting and conservation work on his 42 acre tree farm, owning a show horse, and working in his fantastic vegetable garden.

   Survivors include his only brother Eugene and wife Emogene of Denver, CO; niece Jana Criss Hutchins of Denver, CO and Jana’s daughter Leah of Albuquerque, NM and Jana’s son Tommy of Denver, CO; nephew Kurt Criss, wife Marla and their children Annika and Kelby of Elko, NV; nephew Erik Criss, wife Marie and Erik’s daughter Elizabeth of Denver, CO; and cousin Jane Scott of Gettysburg, PA.  Other survivors include John’s special friends Dewey Reece, Renae and Joe Jacobsen and countless other long time friends in the Sac City area.

   John was preceded in death by his parents Eugene and Alice Criss.


Celebration of Life
11:00 a.m.
Monday, June 8, 2015
First Presbyterian Church
Sac City, Iowa
3-5:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 7, 2015
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Sac City, Iowa


Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 9:01 AM
“After my father, Keith Farmer, retired from teaching, he enjoyed working for John at the Chief Clothing Store. My dad considered John to be a fair and considerate employer who demonstrated these fine qualities to his customers as well as his employees. He will be missed in the Sac City Community. May he rest in peace.
I would like to offer my family's sympathy to his family. Mary K (Farmer) Sine”
- Mary K Sine (Farmer)
Monday, June 8, 2015 at 1:22 PM
“still have a suit i got from john in 1975 and he said it will never go out of style and he was right i have many compliments on how nice that suit looks today may john rest in peace”
- charle "tuna" schnirring
Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 2:29 PM
“Ten times over the last 23 years, I made the trek with my dad, Glenn, to visit his old war buddy from Korea, John Criss. I always enjoyed Sac City, but more importantly, it gave me the chance to know John. I don't look to sport stars and entertainers for heroes and great people. John was truly a great man and a class act. One of the finest people I have ever met. He will be sorely missed by dad and me.”
- Mike Frazier
Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 12:28 PM
“I grew up in Sac City and always remember seeing John when I went to Chief Clothing. In later years I could always find him at the Villager. He was a very kind man and always very friendly. He shall be missed.”
- Deb Shull
Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 12:28 PM
“We wish to thank the Criss family for so many years of service to ours through the Chief Clothing Company, for the friendship and love shared between our father Kenneth Stoelting and John throughout their lifetimes. Rest in peace, John!”
- Jayne Stoelting Hunter and Sara Lopez Stoelting
Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 12:27 PM
“John was a good friend - he made the best signs for birthday celebrations for many friends and always enjoyed getting his hand-made Christmas card every year. Admired John for making the best of the situation when his vision began to fail. He and Jim enjoyed many golf outings back in the good old days! I will always remember John Chief Clothing and what a good friend he was when we were new in town back in 1966. Rest in Peace, John.
Barb Graven
- Barbara Graven
Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 12:27 PM
“My siblings and I all have special memories of John and of all of the Criss family. What a long history shared, with Dad working at Chief Clothing for over 50 years! It was always a pleasure to get to see John whenever I was home visiting in Sac City. I was so saddened to learn of his passing. Our sincere sympathy goes out to all of you.”
- Elaine Stoelting Wienhold
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 3:29 PM
“To the Criss Family -
John was such a wonderful man. I have many fond childhood memories of time spent at Chief Clothing while my grandmother, Phyllis Davis, worked there. John will be missed in the Sac City, Sac County area. Rest in Peace John.
~Melissa (Davis) Dahm ”
- Melissa Dahm
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 3:29 PM
“I am so sorry to learn of John's passing. Our father, Kenneth , was associated with John and the Criss family at Chief Clothing for 50 years. They were friends outside of work and I remember getting to go fishing with John as a boy. He was very kind and allowed my brother Blaine and I to continue hunting on the old Prentiss timber after he purchased it.
Please accept my deepest sympathy on behalf of my familly.
If you would like to contact me please feel free to do so
Wayne Stoelting”
- Wayne Stoelting
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 3:29 PM
“So sorry for your loss. My prayers are with the family.”
- Wanda and Dennis Guillory
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