Traverse Crider of Helena, Mont., formerly of Kingston, died Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at a local care facility in Helena. He was 91.
A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 9, at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home at 3750 N. Montana Ave., in Helena, Mont. A reception will follow the service in the banquet hall of the funeral home. Burial with military honors will be held at the Montana State Veterans Cemetery, Fort Harrison, after the reception.
Traverse Shea Crider was born Sept. 20, 1921, in Kingston, Minn., to William and Aubine (Shea) Crider. He attended schools in Kingston and Kimball, Minn., before enrolling in the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1939 in Minnesota. While in the Conservation Corps, he worked general field projects, building and construction before being honorably discharged in 1940. Traverse was then inducted into the United States Army Oct. 16, 1942. He served his country in World War II in campaigns through North Africa, Italy and Sicily until his honorable discharge Nov. 19, 1945.
After his service, Traverse worked for Emily Lumber Company in Emily, Minn. In 1961, he moved to Helena, Mont., and worked at Foley’s Mill, Montana State Department of Revenue, and the Montana State Department of Transportation before his retirement. He married Stella “Sally” Brannan, and three daughters were born. They later divorced.
Traverse enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping, but his greatest joy was spending time with his family.
Traverse is preceded in death by his parents William and Aubine (Shea) Crider; an infant daughter Brenda Crider; infant sister Elaine; sisters Marjorie, Gloria, and Hazel; and brothers Maxwell, Kingdon, Herbert, Merrill, and Gordon.
He is survived by his daughters Lila (and David) Pierson of East Helena, and Marsha Crider of Helena; grandchildren Ryan Pierson of East Helena, and Kristi (and Jeff) Schell of Billings; great-grandchildren Megan and James Schendel of Billings, and Lucas, Harper, and Emmett pierson of East Helena; brothers Clinton (and Doris) Crider of Helena, and Jackson (and Maxine) Crider of Jefferson City; and many nieces and nephews.