SIKESTON — Allen Stewart Crites passed away June 7, 2018, at the age of 89.
He was born to Eula Louise and Hoxa Lee Crites in Sikeston.
He married Shirley Mae Pensel in August 1949 and was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife and three sons, Lee Allen of Kansas City, David Martin and wife Susan Northcutt of Yorktown, Va., and Bryan Quincy and wife Brenda of Sikeston. Also surviving is one stepgrandson, Branston Keefer and three great-granddaughters, Kennedy Elizabeth, Katherine Olivia and Addisyn Mae.
He graduated from high school in Sikeston and attended Central Methodist University. After returning to Sikeston he was employed at Poage Sheet Metal where he became a sheet metal craftsman. This led to his starting his own business in 1958. In the early 1960s he joined two partners, Earl Hutchinson and Bob Meyer, to form Wholesale Supply of Sikeston. He later acquired the business from the original partners and operated Wholesale Supply until his retirement. A few years later he returned to business with Myron Kegley where they operated a smaller heating and cooling business, Kegley-Crites which survives today under the leadership of son Bryan Crites.
He is a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church where he served on numerous committees, his favorite being the Building and Grounds Committee. He was also chairman of the committee that built the Dempster Chapel at the church.
He will be remembered by family and all who knew him as an honest and humble man with a strong work ethic who revered God, his church, his family and his friends.
Visitation will be held at First United Methodist Church on Monday, June 11 at 10 a.m. followed by services at 11 a.m.
Burial will follow in the Memorial Park Cemetery in Sikeston.
Pall bearers will be: Mark Deane, Coleman Williams, Roger Jenkins, Charles Melton, Geoff Comer and Greg Colwick.
Honorary pallbearers are Myron and Shirley Kegley, Pat and Doris Jones, Maurice and Joyce Hixon, John and Phyllis Kendig, Ronald and Wadine Eaker, Merlin Mothershead and Howard Stafford.
Ponder Funeral Home of Sikeston is in charge of arrangements.
The family requests donations be made to First United Methodist Church, 1307 N. Main St., Sikeston MO 63801 or Central Methodist University, 411 Central Methodist Square, Fayette, MO 65248.