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Obituary: Reed Clair Critchfield

March 30, 1936 – January 10, 2018

Heaven acquired another angel on Wednesday. Reed Clair Critchfield passed away January 10th, 2018 due to complications with Parkinson’s and a stroke. He was 81 years young.

Reed was born at home in Oakley, Idaho on March 30, 1936 to Arthur and Elizabeth Critchfield. He was the middle child between Arthur Deon and Robert. He attended school in Oakley with numerous cousins. He liked telling jokes and playing pranks on his brothers, parents and extended family members. He worked in the Family restaurant and grocery store. He also enjoyed working on area farms planting crops and tending to the harvesting of potatoes. While on a harvest he met the love of his life Ruby Lucille Rodman.

Reed joined the Navy in 1955 and kept in contact with Ruby. On leave they went to Fallon NV and were married on June 29, 1956. They had their first child, Michael Reed in 1957, then Greg and Kathryn. He received an honorable discharge in 1959 and began his 40 year career as a civil servant. The family moved to Washington State where Reed worked at McCord Air Force Base and Bremerton Ship Yard. Reed and Ruby decided they needed to expand their family and had Jerimiah. To their surprise, they were blessed with their youngest Carla, 1 year and 6 days later. They decided to move to South Korea for a career opportunity for 2 years and came back to Washington in 1979. They moved back to Idaho in 1982 where they bought a farm in Glenns Ferry. They enjoyed raising animals and crops together with their younger children.

Reed was active in the LDS Church. He especially enjoyed teaching Sunday School classes. He looked forward to having spirited discussions regarding his weekly topics. He loved to volunteer whether it be driving the senior citizen bus or cleaning the highways. He was happy to be in the service of others.

Reed’s greatest passion was knife making. He spent his retired years honing his craft to make hunting knives. He treasured his time at craft shows, selling his product, talking to customers and especially spending time with Ruby.

Reed is survived by his wife of 62 years, Ruby, his sons, Greg (Kathy) Critchfield, Jerimiah Critchfield, daughters Kathryn Richardson, Carla Critchfield (Chris Wingfield), grandchildren, Arthur, Samantha, Janet, Steve, Nick, Tristian, Miranda, Talen, Chase, Braden and Sawyer, great-grandchildren, Saylor, Davon several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his oldest son, Michael, grandson, Sean, his parents and his brothers.

Reed’s funeral service will be held on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 11 am at the Clear Lakes LDS Church, 1001 Fair Ave, Buhl, ID with Bishop Ryan Bowman conducting. His viewing will be held at 9:45 am until 10:45 am in the relief society room at the LDS Church. A luncheon will immediately follow the services. Graveside service will take place at 3:30 pm at the Oakley Cemetery Military Honors by the Mini-Cassia Honor Guard and US Navy Honor Guard. Services are under the direction of Reynolds Funeral Chapel, Twin Falls.

The family would like to thank Canyons Retirement, Encompass Hospice and Dr. Stringham for Reed’s care.

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