OBITUARY: Robert ‘Wayne’ Crider

Robert D. “Wayne” Crider, 82, died July 23, 2021 at Paramount Health and Rehab in Newton.

He was born Jan. 16, 1939, in Horton to Forrest John and Elzaidia Blanche (Wright) Crider.

On Sept. 1, 1961, he married Saundra Kay Lewallen at Wichita Falls, Texas, and she survives.

Wayne was a member of the Salem United Methodist Church in Newton and served his county in the U.S. Air Force. He had membership in the American Legion Wayne G. Austin Post in Newton.

He retired from the former Hay and Forage in Hesston where he was a member of the Steel Workers Union.

Wayne was a devoted family man and greatly enjoyed his time with family and friends. He especially lite up when his grandchildren came to visit him. He was a creative, hardworking man with a quiet wit. He could often be found fishing, hunting or woodworking his shop. He had a love of movies and was seen so frequently at Blockbuster video he received a Christmas card.

Wayne is survived by his wife Saundra of the home; daughter Kim (Jeff) Hasty; and sons Steven (Juana) Crider and Mark (Linda) Crider. He also is survived by brothers and sisters Verda (Joe) Jacobson, Nancy Crider, Jean Banks, David (Janice) Crider, Cathi Bickford and Terry Crider; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters Yvonne Gormley, Patricia Rodvelt, Verla Crider and Rita Crider.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, at Salem United Methodist Church with the Rev. Willy Banza officiating. Graveside service with Air Force Honor Guard will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Newton.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorials to Good Shepherd Hospice or The American Heart Association in care of Petersen Funeral Home.

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