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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.

  • April 28
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • April 28
    BC Convention & Visitors Bureau
    8:30 a.m. Brown County State Park, 1450 State Road 46 East (north entrance)
  • April 28
    BC Area Plan Commission
    6 p.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • April 28
    Open 12-step meeting in New Bellsville area
    8 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • April 29
    BC Board of Zoning Appeals
    6 p.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • April 29
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • April 29
    Lake Lemon Conservancy District Board
    6 p.m. Benton Township Senior Center, 7606 State Road 45, Unionville
  • April 29
    BC Sheriff's Merit Board
    4 p.m. Sheriff's Office, Law Enforcement Center, 55 State Road 46 East
  • April 30
    Go Club at the library
    4 to 6 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • April 30
    WRAPS
    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • April 30
    Gospel jam & sing at Gnaw Bone church
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Music Church, 5181 State Road 46 East
  • May 1
    Bingo
    5 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • May 1
    Antique tractor, engine and machinery show at the fairgrounds
    7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Brown County 4-H fairgrounds
  • May 1
    'Back to the Future' at the Playhouse
    7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • May 2
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • May 2
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Brown County State Park, State Road 46 East
  • May 2
    Morel Mushroom sale & festival at state park Nature Center
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Brown County State Park, 1450 State Road 46 East (north entrance)
  • May 2
    Antique tractor, engine and machinery show at the fairgrounds
    7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Brown County 4-H fairgrounds
  • May 2
    Spring Blossom Festival dance planned
    6 to 10 p.m. The Seasons Lodge, 560 State Road 46 East
  • May 2
    Spring Blossom Parade and food drive downtown
    11 a.m. downtown Nashville
  • May 3
    Read to a dog at the library
    2 to 3:30 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • May 3
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    Noon to 2 p.m. Brown County State Park, State Road 46 East
  • May 3
    'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' at the Playhouse
    4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • May 3
    Antique tractor, engine and machinery show at the fairgrounds
    7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Brown County 4-H fairgrounds
  • May 5
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • May 5
    Open 12-step meeting in New Bellsville area
    8 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • May 6
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • May 7
    WRAPS
    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • May 7
    Quartet featured with gospel jam & sing at Gnaw Bone church
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Music Church, 5181 State Road 46 East
  • May 7
    BC photography club
    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • May 8
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • May 9
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road
  • May 9
    Open house conducted at New Song
    9 to 11 a.m. New Song Mission, 7202 Keith Donaldson Road, Freetown
  • May 11
    BC Election Board
    2 p.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • May 13
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • May 14
    Local Coordinating Council
    8 a.m. Comm. Corrections Office, Suite B, lower level of Veterans Hall, 902 Deer Run Lane,
  • May 16
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • May 16
    Rock & mineral club
    6 p.m. Extension Office, 802 Memorial Drive at the fairgrounds
  • May 16
    Historic site hosts outdoor art contest
    7 a.m. to 4 p.m. TC Steele State Historic Site, 4220 T.C. Steele Road, Belmont
  • June 20
    Pollinator Awareness Day at state park Nature Center
    9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Brown County State Park, 1450 State Road 46 East (north entrance)