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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.

  • December 20
    Live band at dance barn
    6 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West
  • December 20
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 20
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • December 20
    'Gone Girl' at the Playhouse
    1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 20
    Railroad museum features model Christmas trains
    1 to 7 p.m. BC RR Museum, 18 W. Three Story Hill Road, Fruitdale
  • December 21
    'Gone Girl' at the Playhouse
    1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 21
    Railroad museum features model Christmas trains´╗┐
    1 to 7 p.m. BC RR Museum, 18 W. Three Story Hill Road, Fruitdale
  • December 23
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 24
    Nashville government offices CLOSED
  • December 24
    Christmas Eve Communion service at Becks Grove church
    7 p.m. Becks Grove Christian Church, 8009 Becks Grove Road
  • December 24
    Candlelight service at Helmsburg church Christmas Eve
    7 p.m. Brown County Community Church, 2370 Main St., Helmsburg
  • December 24
    Candlelight service set for Christmas Eve
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Music Church, 5181 State Road 46 East
  • December 24
    Cordry church hosts candlelight service Christmas Eve
    7 p.m. Church of the Lakes, 8844 Nineveh Road
  • December 25
    Government Offices CLOSED
  • December 26
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • December 26
    Brown County Government Offices CLOSED
  • December 27
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • December 27
    Live band at dance barn
    7:30 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West
  • December 29
    Jackson Township Board
    7 p.m. Jackson Township Board, Trustee's Office, 5765 Carmel Ridge Road