William Bertram Criss passed away June 22, 2011, in Centralia, Wash. He was born Aug. 19, 1925, in Seattle, Wash., and attended schools in Kitsap County, Wash. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II from January 1944 to April 1946 and saw action in the European theater in the Rhineland, Normandy Operation, Arnhem Operation, and Ardennes Operation. He transferred to the Navy Reserves in Kodiak in 1946.
He married the love of his life, Patricia Linn Pettey, on Sept. 11, 1952, in Kodiak.
As an independent contractor, William was involved in a family partnership with Kodiak Variety Store & Bill’s Radio Shop (1941), Island Electronics (1952-1967), Criss Construction Co., real estate salesman (1968-69), Criss Electronics in Kent, Wash. (1969-1978), and Patricia Apartments in Kent (1969-2000).
He enjoyed bowling, square dancing, fishing, electronics amateur radio and was a member of Kodiak Elks Lodge No. 1772 (1960-68), Lions Club (1967), Rotary Club (1964-65), Early Day Gas Engine Association Branch No. 20 (1988-90).
He is survived by his wife Patricia L. Criss of Mossyrock, Wash.; son Eugene E. Criss of Auburn, Wash.; daughters Eva (Leonard) Miller of Lake Tapps, Wash. and Kathleen A. Criss of Centralia, Wash.; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and sister Bernice Eva Denton of Poulsbo, Wash. He was preceded in death by his brother Eugene Edgar Erwin.
Services were held July 7, 2011, at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent. Please leave remembrances at www.FuneralAlternatives.org. Arrangements are with Funeral Alternatives of Washington.