Kenneth Keith Critchlow, 64, peacefully passed away at home at 7:26 a.m. Wednesday, April 2, 2014, surrounded by family. Ken was born in Kokomo to Paul and Irene Critchow on Dec. 9, 1949. He married Ella (Bolin) Critchlow on July 14, 1995, and she survives.
He was a man with an abundance of humor and got great joy in making others smile with his quick wit and outrageous jokes. He was employed with Heraeus Electro-Nite for 17 years in quality control before becoming disabled. He enjoyed his work days entertaining his co-workers with his amusing and mischievous personality. Ken also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
Ken was an avid IU basketball fan and enjoyed fishing in his earlier years. He was always willing to lend a hand and share his words of wisdom. He had a great love for nurturing stray cats and spent much of his time with his beloved feline family.
He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Ella Critchlow; daughter, Karla (Steve) Dietzel; daughter, Cyndy (Kevin) Sexton; son, Kenny Critchlow; daughter, Nicole (Mark) Combs; daughter, Stephanie (John) Maxwell; daughter, Ashley (Andy) Phillips; stepdaughter, Pam (John) Atwood; stepson, Karl (Judy) Mattingly; 20 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sister, Joan Closson; and his beloved fur babies, Buddy, Snug, Pumpkin, Charlie and Missy.
He was preceded in death by both parents; brother, Bobby; and two grandchildren.
A service celebrating the life of Kenneth K. Critchlow will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home, 105 W. Third St., Peru, with Pastor Robert Bogue officiating. Calling will be two hours prior to the service.
Memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to Shelley’s Cat Haven. Arrangements were entrusted to Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home.