McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK


February 24, 2014

Larry Dean Crider

McALESTER — Larry Dean Crider, died Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Omaha Neb.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Campbell-Aman Chapel. Arrangements are under the direction of Campbell-Aman Funeral Home in Blair, Neb. 

Born Dec. 4, 1947, in Mounds, he was the son of Modeen and Denver Atkins, of McAlester. He spent his formative years in McAlester, graduating from McAlester High School in 1965.

While serving in the United States Army, he was stationed in Germany. When he was “mustered out” in 1970, he rode a bus to Jacksonville, N.C. where he met up with his sister, and together they drove back to Oklahoma.

After his stint in the military, he went to work for the Federal Protective Services in Omaha. It was there, in 1972, that he met his future wife, Jean Klitz. They were married in 1976.

After working for the Federal Protective Services, he was assigned to the Immigration Department (now Homeland Security). During his service with the Immigration Department, he was awarded the department’s highest honor, The Commissioner’s Award, for his work as the lead investigator in the largest illegal workplace bust in the nation. He retired in 2000.

After retirement, he worked in his yard, mowing, landscaping, planting trees and raising vegetables in his large garden.

He enjoyed hunting, and took annual deer and elk hunting trips to Colorado or New Mexico with his cousin, but rarely came home with anything to show for his efforts except for some stories.

Another pastime was Oklahoma University football. Every Saturday afternoon during football season you could find him watching his “Sooners” in action.

He was an avid golfer and enjoyed time with his golfing buddies, travelingeach winter to Phoenix, Ariz., to play the courses there. Each summer, the group would spend a week playing other courses.

Survivors include his wife, Jean, of the home; his sister, Pat Cathey, of Oklahoma City; sister, Margaret West and Gerry, of Edmond, and their children, Cheryl and Leslie; brother, Ray Cathey and Susan, of Oklahoma City, and their children, Mike and Emily; nephew, Duane Cathey, Fort Worth, Texas, and eight great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Modeen and Denver Atkins, and an older brother, Gerald Cathey.

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