Veteran-IntroJohn “Alan” Crites, 66, of Jackson, passed away Friday, May 06, 2016 at his home.

He was born September 25, 1949, in Cape Girardeau, son of John H. and Bette L. Slinkard Crites.  He and Dixie ­­­­­­­­­­Niemann were married May 18, 1974 at New McKendree United Methodist Church in Jackson.

Alan was a 1967 graduate of Jackson High School.  Upon his retirement from the United States Air Force, he attended Southeast Missouri State University and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration/Computer Science in 1977.  He then worked for Kasten Masonry from 1977 until 2014, retiring after 37 years, as a sales representative.  Alan achieved Eagle Scout with Boy Scout troop #311, was active in the former Jackson Jaycees, and was a former president of the Optimist Club in Jackson.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and loved his Yorkie, Toby. He was a member of New McKendree United Methodist Church, and the Disabled American Veterans.

In addition to his wife, Dixie, of nearly 42 years, loving survivors include three daughters, Courtney (Kelly) Peterson and Kacie (Peyton) Sims of Denver, Colorado, and Kaitlin Crites of Jacksonville, Florida; a brother, Rex (Alice) Crites of Jackson; and his first grandchild, baby boy Peterson, expected in October; his mother-in-law, Virginia Schobey and sister-in-law, Deanna Ware of Cape Girardeau.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Dean Crites, father-in-law, Henry “Hank” Niemann, and brother-in-law, Danny Niemann.

Friends may call from 2 p.m. until service time on Sunday, May 8, 2016 at the chapel of McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.

The memorial service will be Sunday, at 5 p.m., at the funeral home with Rev. Jim Woeltje officiating, followed by military honors.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to Southeast Missouri Food Bank, 3920 Nash Rd, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148.

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  1. angie pikes

    Dixie, this is Angie Pikes, I was saddened to learn of the passing of your husband. Alan was a very nice man. Edward and I offer you and your family our sincere condolences. I hope that time will heal your pain, and you will be in a good place real soon. If you need anything, please call. Love you, and miss you a lot. Angie

  2. Dixie Grantham

    I was so very sorry to read of Alan’s death. Prayers for strength for all of you. Hold on to those great memories.

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