He was born December 17, 1928 in Riverton, Ind to John Hardin Criss and Isabella (Osborn) Criss.
Survivors include his wife, Darlene (Keller) Criss Shepherd, of Jasonville, Ind. whom he married on June 8, 2004; daughters and sons-in-law, Shelia Dianne (Criss) and Randy McLaren of Ore City, Texas, Shelly Secrest and Mark Thomas of Linton, Ind.; sons and daughters-in-law, Charles Elsworth Criss, Jr. of Paxton, Ind., Richard Allen Criss of Redway, Ca., Jack Lee & Debbie Criss of Lyons, Ind., Troy Shane & Deanna Criss of Jasonville, Ind., Jesse James Criss of Muncie, Ind.; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Starla LaDawn Criss; sisters, Unis Leeta Criss, Edna Louise (Criss) Richey, Alice Gene (Criss) Flynn, Emma Viola (Criss) Denny, Sarah Elizabeth (Criss) Denny; brothers, Bernard Otho Criss, John Azel Criss, George Alfred Criss, Harry Urbin Criss, Jesse Newton Criss, Lester Irvin Criss.
Charles was a very loving husband, father and working man. He worked for Owen Detective Agency until the day he passed. Charles enjoyed Judo-Karate and fishing, he also enjoyed gardening. He was a U.S. Marine.
Arrangements are entrusted to Michael W. Cox, Cox Funeral Home; 218 South Meridian St.; Jasonville, Ind. with visitation scheduled from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. until service time Thursday at the Funeral Home. Funeral Services are 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 at the Cox Funeral Home with Pastor Roy McRoberts officiating.
Interment will be at Peavey Cemetery in Howesville, Ind.