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Boyd Criswell, 89, Monticello, formerly of Burnettsville, passed away at 5:20 a.m. on Friday, July 21, 2017, at the White Oak Health Campus of Monticello.
He was born on Thursday, April 19, 1928 in Salem, to the late Marcus Lafayette and Ella (Boling) Criswell. On Nov. 27, 1948, at the Burnettsville Baptist Church Parsonage in Burnettsville, he married N. Jean Barker. She passed away on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008.
Boyd had lived and farmed in the rural Burnettsville area most all his life.
He was a 1947 graduate of Burnettsville High School.
Boyd started Midwest Pallet Company in rural Burnettsville in 1967 and continued operating it until 2000. He then sold it to his sons, Steve and Mark.
He used to be a very active member of the Bell Center Bible Church in rural Burnettsville, where he served as an elder, deacon, treasurer and youth leader.
He used to enjoy hiking in Arizona, rattle snake hunting and bee keeping.
Boyd used to raise hogs and had the first confinement hog finishing floor in Indiana.
He also used to be a timber buyer and even exported lumber to other countries.
Survivors include daughter, Sandra "Sandee" (Dick) Alma, Monticello (formerly of Burnettsville); sons, Stephen B. "Steve" (Kimberly "Kim") Criswell, Burnettsville, Timothy C. "Tim" (Leesa) Criswell, Burnettsville, and Mark B. (fiancée Melody Scalf) Criswell, Kokomo; 16 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandson; sisters, Lyndall Hawkins, Delphi, and Joye Shafer, Panama City, Florida; sisters-in-law, Mary Barker and Carolyn Criswell, both of Benson, Arizona; brother-in-law, Gordon D. (Marge) Barker, Monument, Colorado; and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, cousins and friends.
Boyd was preceded in death by his parents, Marcus Lafayette and Ella (Boling) Criswell; wife, N. Jean Criswell; sisters, Ivadell, Bertha and Faye; and brothers, Bernie, Herman, Kenneth Mason, Glenn and Ernest "Gale" Criswell.
A Celebration of Life Service will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 28, 2017, at Miller-Roscka Funeral Home of Monticello. Rev. Paul Scott of the Burnettsville First Baptist Church will be officiating.
Burial will follow at the Davis Cemetery in rural Burnettsville (Cass County).
Visitation will be from noon until the time of service Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to the American Diabetes Association. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
For a full obituary, go to www.miller-rosckafh.com or visit Miller-Roscka Funeral Home on Facebook.
Published on July 25, 2017
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