Date of death: 9/27/2010
Saint Meinrad Class: SPH 1940
Francis Joseph Critney Jr., 86, of Columbus, died at Methodist Hospital Yellow Rose Hospice.Mr. Critney attended Columbus High School and St. Meinrad’s Placid Hall and had worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, Seabees Construction Battalion, retired from Cummins Engine Company in 1987 and also was a farmer.He enjoyed playing the guitar and sang at numerous nursing homes, church and Franklin Senior Center. He was a member of the Men’s Ministry Choir at St. Bartholomew and had been a hospice volunteer.Mr. Critney was born in Edinburgh, IN on September 13, 1924, the son of Francis Joseph and Margaret Anderson Critney. He married Florence Gennieve Green on February 10, 1948.Survivors include his wife; sons, Francis J. Critney III, John Critney and Richard Critney, all of Columbus, IN; daughters, Margaret (Andrew) May of Franklin, IN, and Diana (David) Olmsted of Columbus, IN; 8 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert Critney of Tucson, AZ; sisters, Patricia (Fred) Foster of Charleston, SC, Dorothy (Roy) Farr of Edinburgh, IN, and Alice (Robert) Reeves of Columbus, IN; and uncles, Chester Critney of Seattle, WA, and Robert Critney of Edinburgh, IN.He was preceded in death by brothers, Alfred and Grant Dale Critney; and a grandson, Charles May.Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Bartholomew Catholic Church Music Ministry.