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Francis Max Kritzer, 82, Brown County

Francis "Max" Kritzer came into this world in the front bedroom of a small white house on Jackson Branch Road Feb. 6, 1931. He died Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, having lived on the Branch his entire life.

Son of Francis "Chris" Kritzer and Esther Campbell Kritzer, Max was an ornery ol' cuss who loved his family, his dog, and horses.

 

As a boy of nine, Max began working mowing yards for many Nashville residents. A meat cutter by trade, Max worked for Rhims"s IGA in Morgantown and the Star Store in Nashville before heading to McDonald's IGA in Bean Blossom. Anyone making the mistake of calling Max a butcher instead of a meat cutter soon learned the error of his ways, as did anyone calling his ground beef "hamburger". 

 

Max was ball manager for the basketball team, and played drums in the band before graduating from Nashville High School in 1949. He attended the Purdue extension in Columbus before he fell in love with and married Oma Jean Bond in 1952. She survives.

 

One of the founding members of the Nashville Volunteer Fire Department, Max's special job was to check bridges before the fire truck crossed. He helped organize the annual fish fry while Jean made the tartar sauce. Max was also a special deputy with the Brown County Sheriff's Department and a  deputy conservation officer for the state of Indiana for many years. 

 

 A lover of cowboys and horses, Max realized a life-long dream in 1975 when he bought his first horse. He and Keith Taggart enjoyed riding together. When it became too hard to climb into the saddle, Max enjoyed reading western novels and amassed quite a collection. An added benefit of horse ownership was the manure that fertilized the large garden put out by Max and Jean. Many family and friends have been recipients of their bounty. Max was also an avid Purdue basketball fan and sported a Purdue license plate on his Ford truck: Max only drove Fords.

 

Max was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Patti Lou Jackson; and son, Kendall Lee Kritzer. 

 

He is survived by his wife; his daughter, Kathryn "Kaybe" (Talmadge) Evans; daughter-in-law, Stephanie Porter Kritzer; grandchildren, Kelly Evans (Ryan) Boyer of Eden Prairie, Minn., Kathryn Evans (Todd) Van Pelt of Fairfield, Iowa, Kara Evans of Iowa City, Iowa, Kristopher (Nikki) Kritzer of Brownsburg, and Kaitlyn Kritzer; great-grandchildren, Caroline and Cormac Van Pelt and Evan and Fallon Boyer.

 

A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21 at Bond-Mitchell Funeral Home with the Rev. John Parsley presiding; burial will follow in Bond Cemetery. Visitation was to be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday evening, Jan. 20.

Memorial contributions can be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana, 2626 E. 17th Street, Columbus, IN 47201.

Online condolences can be left for the family at BondMitchellFuneralHome.com.

  • September 1
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • September 1
    Open 12-step meeting in New Bellsville area
    8 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • September 1
    Time for inner peace set at local church
    5:30 to 7 p.m. Parkview Church of the Nazarene, 1750 State Road 46 East
  • September 2
    Woodworkers Club
    7 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • September 3
    WRAPS
    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • September 3
    Brown County Schools Board of Trustees
    6:30 p.m. BC Intermediate School, 260 Schoolhouse Lane
  • September 3
    Future of rural places subject of talk
    5:30 p.m. Brown County Inn, 51 State Road 46 East
  • September 4
    Farmers market in Bean Blossom
    4 to 7 p.m. St. David's Episcopal Church, 11 State Road 45 at 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • September 4
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • September 5
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • September 5
    BCHS class of 2005 reunion slated
    3 to 6 p.m., 8 p.m. Deer Run Park; Salt Creek Golf Retreat, 2359 State Road 46 East
  • September 6
    Read to dogs at the library
    2 to 3:30 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • September 8
    Open 12-step meeting in New Bellsville area
    8 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • September 8
    Peaceful Valley Heritage meeting
    6:30 p.m. BCCF, 209 S. Van Buren St.
  • September 8
    Retired teachers
    noon Hotel Nashville, 245 N. Jefferson St.
  • September 9
    Nashville Town Council
    6 p.m. Town Hall, 200 Commercial St.
  • September 12
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road
  • September 12
    Bible camp planned
    8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 5802 Old Settlers Road behind Brownie's restaurant
  • September 17
    WRAPS
    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • September 18
    BucCornEar Festival fundraiser returns
    4 to 8 p.m. JTFD, 4831 Helmsburg Road, Helmsburg
  • September 18
    'A Miracle for You' services with evangelist Jerry Holland
    7:30 p.m. The Pentecostals
  • September 19
    BucCornEar Festival fundraiser returns
    8 a.m. to 8 p.m. JTFD, 4831 Helmsburg Road, Helmsburg
  • September 19
    'A Miracle for You' services with evangelist Jerry Holland
    6 p.m. The Pentecostals
  • September 20
    'A Miracle for You' services with evangelist Jerry Holland
    2 p.m. The Pentecostals
  • September 28
    American history DVD to play at library
    1 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • October 4
    Read to a dog at the library
    2 to 3:30 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane