Herbert Critser

Herbert Critser

Monday, September 10th, 1928 - Tuesday, December 15th, 2020
Recommend this to your friends.
Share via:

Sign in to the Family Interactive Login

The Family Interactive feature enhances An Amazing Life. Authorized family members can securely access their loved one's memorial website settings at any time.

Share Book of Memories with a Friend

Please enter the name and email details so that we can send your friend a link to the online tribute. No names or addresses will be collected by using this service.

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

To share your memory on the wall of Herbert Critser, sign in using one of the following options:

Sign in with Facebook


Sign in with your email address

Your condolence has been posted successfully

Provide comfort for the family by sending flowers or planting a tree in memory of Herbert Critser

No Thanks

Contact Funeral Home

Please enter your question or comment below:

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

Herbert's Tribute Fund

  •  Full Name
  •  Initials
  •  Anonymous
By continuing, you agree with the terms and privacy policy.

Herbert's Tribute Fund

There may be a delay while processing. Please do not click the back button or refresh while a payment is processing.


MSgt. Herbert Lenvil Critser, USAF(Ret.), age 92, passed away peacefully at his home in Midlothian, TX, December 15, 2020, with his loving wife of 58 years, two children and his son-in-law by his side. Herb, also known as “Bud”, was the strongest, bravest, most dedicated, loving and kind-hearted husband, father, “Poppy”, brother and uncle ever, and we rejoice with him as he now rests in his eternal heavenly home, and envision he is joyfully gardening, bowling, inventing, on the beach, and flying again to his heart’s content!

Herb was born September 10, 1928 to Vernon and Irma Crouch Critser on their farmland in Miller, Missouri, at “The Old Poland Place”. He attended Freedom School -- a one-room schoolhouse built by his great grandfather and others in the 1870s -- also attended by his grandmother and mother preceding, and his siblings. When older, he and his sister Dorthy would sing at the Round Grove Baptist Church (his great-great grandfather donated the land for the church and cemetery.)

The family moved to CO, where he attended middle and high school in Keenesburg; he also attended Fairview, and Lockwood schools in MO.

Herb enlisted in the United States Air Force July 9, 1948, at 19 years of age, and was inducted at Fort MacArthur, San Pedro, CA. He was first assigned to a B-25 squadron at Barksdale AFB. After Flight Engineer Ground School & Flight Training in B-29s, he was assigned to Strategic Air
Command (SAC) flying K-29s at Dow; later flying KC-97s at March AFB. He was in the 303rd Air Refueling Squadron at Kindley in Bermuda for almost 4 years. Herb was a part of the first non-stop refueling flight around the world and in Guam. He served his country through the conflicts of the Cold War, Korean War, and Vietnam era.

Some of his awards include the Air Force Commendation Medal, Outstanding Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, & Small Arms Expert Marksmanship. He was also an avid bowler, receiving his first Perfect 300-game trophy while stationed in Bermuda at Kindley AFB. Perfect games and many trophies followed as he remained in leagues with the companies he worked for following his AF service. He was also stationed in Texas, Louisiana, Georgia and Florida, prior to getting married.

Herb and Antoinette Cobelli, of Yonkers, NY, were married Feb. 11, 1962. They made their first home at Otis AFB Cape Cod, MA, where they had a son -- Vernon Joseph -- in Nov. 1962, and a daughter -- Kathy Jo -- in April 1965. There, he was part of the 19th Air Refueling Squadron.They were later stationed at Travis AFB, CA for his final tour with MAC, where he flew C-141s. After 33 missions into Vietnam, and more than 20 years of service, Herb retired in 1968.

With all of his experiences flying over the years, he shared the saying that ‘flying is made up of many hours of boredom interrupted by moments of stark terror!’ He could testify to the full truth in that statement: “One particular incident stands out in my memory, although there were others.
While flying at an assigned block altitude, refueling a B-47, I looked up and saw a commercial airliner crossing our flight path about 300 yards in front of us! We all lived to tell the tale, so we know we were being ‘watched over’!”

After the AF, Herb and his family lived in LaGrangeville, NY, where he worked for Celanese America, and later Virginia Chemicals, Inc. When the company relocated to the Dallas area, Herb and family took up residence in Midlothian, TX on July 4, 1976, where they’ve lived ever since.

After retiring from Virginia Chemicals in 1984, Herb and a colleague started the company Fujikoki America, in Dallas, where he worked until officially retiring in 1996. He continued as a consultant, as well, for several years. Herb also was truly gifted to fix or build anything mechanical, automotive or in need of repair, and his passion for envisioning and designing numerous personal and industrial inventions served him and others well, including rain barrel and garden irrigation systems, an attic stairs insulation unit, and an automobile timing light, well before others came out with such devices. Even up until his passing, he was striving to finish work perfecting an automobile device so that, in his words, “not another child or pet would die by being trapped or left in a hot car!” He also was most recently working on one of his beloved hobbies -- to-scale remote-controlled airplanes -- just like the ones he flew in his day. He made a special request of his son, Vernon, to finish them for him, when he no longer could precisely cut and sand the balsa wood or aluminum himself. In the most recent year of distancing and staying home, Herb expressed often, with a twinkle in his baby blue eyes, how much he looked forward to listening with his wife Annette, to Dr. David Jeremiah’s sermon every Sunday! One local event Herb and his family also enjoyed attending every year was the Veteran’s Day Ceremony at the Civic Center in Waxahachie. He got to go to the outdoor ceremony just last month, as well, fully-dressed in his AF blues uniform as did each year!

He was preceded in death by his father Vernon Critser of Irvine CA, mother Irma Crouch Bramley and older brother Glenn Critser, both of CA.

Herb is survived by a family he also adored, who deeply love him forever: wife of 58 yrs
Antoinette and son Vernon Joseph of Midlothian, TX; daughter Kathy Jo & son-in-love Ross Hailey, of N. Richland Hills; granddaughters Tamra Ann Critser of Venus; Monika Hailey Patterson & her husband Trae of Fort Worth; and Emily Hailey Walker & her husband Seth of Fort Worth; older sister Dorthy Garner of Cerritos CA; younger sister Bettye Cantwell of Orange, CA; and many beloved nieces, nephews and extended family members.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to a charity of choice or one of the many organizations that have been dear to Herb and his family: Meals on Wheels of Ellis & Johnson County (; or the Waxahachie Veterans Celebration fund ( ).

Service info:

Visitation: 2-4pm in the funeral home chapel Wed., Dec. 23, 2020, Service with full military honors: 9:15 a.m. Sat., Dec. 26, 2020, at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.
Read Less

To plant a memorial tree in honor of Herbert Critser, please visit our Heartfelt Sympathies Store.

Sign Up for Notifications

Receive notifications about information and event scheduling for Herbert

Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home Chapel
    511 W. Main St.
    Waxahachie, Texas 75165
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, December 26th, 2020 | 9:15am
    Saturday, December 26th, 2020 9:15am
    Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery
    2000 Mt. Creek Pkwy.
    Dallas, TX
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


We encourage you to share your most beloved memories of Herbert here, so that the family and other loved ones can always see it. You can upload cherished photographs, or share your favorite stories, and can even comment on those shared by others.

Private Condolence
Plant a Tree in Memory of Herbert
0 trees have been planted in memory of Herbert Critser

Linda Stocker

Posted at 03:07pm
“Unc”. His quiet dignity and intelligence would suddenly erupt into excitement when asked to explain one of his ideas to improve the world or to fix something or to explain how something worked. Rarely impatient. Always kind. Justice came naturally, polite was a gift everyone deserved. His strong paternal force was so important to me when my own Dad passed, that he became my “Dallas Dad”. I will miss you Unc. And forever hold your strength and guidance in my heart.
Love y’all Auntie, VJ and KJ, Ross and the girls. your New York cousin. Linda

Photos & Videos

Photo Album

Upload up to 10 images at a time, max 8MB each


Sometimes extenuating circumstances make it difficult to attend a service. Memorial webcasting gives family and friends the opportunity to view a service live, online, from anywhere.

This event may be open-casket and the livestream may contain views of the deceased.

Share by: