William L. “Bill” Criss, 63, of Lebanon, passed away Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at Witham Memorial Hospital. Bill was born Nov. 30, 1950, in Terre Haute, the first of four children born to Alice Jo (Guy) Criss and the now late Alvie Lloyd “Bud” Criss. He was born with a kind heart and a generous nature.
On June 26, 1987, he was married to his sweetheart, Kathie Stevens. Together they built a happy, loving home that included stepchildren and grandchildren. He also had a close relationship with his many nieces and nephews, always the favorite, “Aunt Bill”.A 1969 graduate of Lebanon High School, he also attended Ball State University in Muncie. He was proud to be a 30-year Union electrician with IBEW 481 out of Indianapolis. He was retired the past five years.
Bill enjoyed traveling to Hawaii, Alaska, Florida, California, Boston and Michigan; but, he was always glad to get home and partake of his retirement in Indiana. Golf, gardening, fishing, reading, motorcycles, movies, family gatherings, friends and getaways to his family’s woods in southern Indiana were some of his favorite pastimes. Music was in his soul and from the age of 15 he played bass/rhythm guitar, keyboards, and sang in clubs and special venues throughout Central Indiana. He enjoyed many friendships along the way and had an extended music family. Bill truly enjoyed life.
He was a member of the Eagles Club and Sons of the American Legion, in Lebanon, and the Moose Lodge in Frankfort.
He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 27 years, Kathie Criss of Lebanon; his mother, Alice Criss of Lebanon; two stepchildren, Julie (Jordon) Anderson of Caledonia, Mich., and Jason (Sherri) Anderson of Torrance, Calif.; five grandchildren, Joel and Jobe Anderson of Caledonia, and Ariana, Alex and Amber Anderson, all of Torrance; sister, Cathy (Arlen) Henry of Frankfort; brother, Gordon W. (Kristin) Criss of Brownsburg; 16 sisters-in-law and 16 brothers-in-law; six nieces, including Holly Criss of Mechanicsburg; 14 nephews, including Blake Criss of Brownsburg and Kyle Beck of Mechanicsburg; 12 great-nieces; 11 great-nephews; and his pet, Joey.