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1501 W. Lexington Ave.
Independence, MO 64052
Phone: 816-252-7900
Paul Crites

Paul William Crites

Friday, February 7th, 1930 - Tuesday, February 5th, 2019
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Paul Crites, 88, of Independence, MO passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2019 in Flower Mound, TX. A visitation will be held from 6-8pm on Friday, February 15, 2019 at Speaks Suburban Chapel 18020 E. 39th St, Independence, MO, 64055. A service will be held at 2pm on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at the chapel.

Paul was born on February 7, 1930 in Lutesville, MO to Osa and Cora (Elledge) Crites. He was one of seven brothers. He proudly served in the United States Army and later worked for Lake City Ammunition Plant. His career allowed him to travel and experience many places outside of the U.S. He was a man who loved life and enjoyed doing woodwork, traveling, gardening, the Kansas City Royals and Chiefs. He was never happier than when spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Paul’s survivors include his children Thomas “Gene” Decker and wife Barbara of Olathe, KS, Debby Swackhamer and husband Tom of Flower Mound, TX, Lynn Crites and wife Connie of Justin, TX, and Linda Whitmore of Kansas City, MO; a brother Don Crites of Kingsford Heights, IN; six grandchildren Robert Swackhamer, Elizabeth Davidson, Matt Crites, Christine Humphries, Diane Hawkins, and Jennifer Taylor; four great-grandchildren Zach Hawkins, Justin Hawkins, Chloe Crites, and Allister Humphries.

He was preceded in death by his wife of over 50 years: Evelyn (Hyde) Crites, and great-granddaughter Lora Leigh Humphries.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Crossroads Hospice.

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(Arrangements: Speaks Suburban Chapel 816-373-3600)
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  • Visitation

    Friday, February 15th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, February 15th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Speaks Suburban Chapel
    18020 E. 39th St.
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, February 16th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, February 16th, 2019 2:00pm
    Speaks Suburban Chapel
    18020 E. 39th St.
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Rick Jordan
  • Interment

    Mount Washington Cemetery


Donations are being accepted for: Crossroads Hospice of Kansas City.

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Laurie Swetman

Posted at 05:17pm
Lynn and family, Wishing you peace to bring comfort, the courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart. Our deepest sympathy for your loss. Your friends at NCR
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Denis&Kristi Boyle

Posted at 09:30pm
Lynn and the Crites family We are so sorry for the loss of your Dad. Lynn shared many of the memories with his dad and I can tell he was a very special man who touched the lives of many. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you at this time. Sincerely, Denis & Kristi Boyle AT&T NJ

Carl and Rose Upp

Posted at 02:39pm
He is one of my favorites! RIP, Paul, and give Evy a hug for us. Prayers and hugs to all the family! He will be missed.♥️♥️🙏🙏

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