Gary Lynn Crissup, 80, passed away May 12, 2023, at his home in Helena, Oklahoma, while surrounded by his family. His graveside service will be held Tuesday, May 16, 2023 at 10 a.m. at Good Hope Cemetery, which is located south of Helena.
Gary was born March 10, 1943, in Cherokee, Oklahoma, to Everett and Susie Crissup and grew up with his three brothers on the family farm northwest of Helena. Gary was a talented athlete and graduated in 1961 from Helena High School. He purchased his first bulldozer at age 16 and went on to found Gary Crissup Construction, a dirt construction business (waterways, terraces, ponds, and oilfield) that he operated throughout his life. Gary was also a wheat farmer.
In 1961, Gary was introduced to his future wife, Janice Long, by his friend Ronnie Koehn at a basketball game in Ringwood, Oklahoma. Gary and Janice celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in January this year. Gary was a loving father to his four children and two sons-in-law and a proud grandfather of his five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He is remembered by his family as a kind, honest, and generous man, who provided an example of unconditional love.
Gary enjoyed the outdoors, operating heavy machinery, trapshooting, teaching his son and nephews to hunt, going to machinery auctions, and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife Janice; his children, Rex Crissup, Michelle Crissup, Kendra Hellman (Chan), and Angela Adamy (Bill); his grandchildren, Joseph Hellman, Tyler Hellman (Devon), Megan Silvey, Matthew Silvey (Shelby), and Michael Silvey (Conny); his great-grandchildren, Jade Hellman, Emerson Hellman, Elias Hellman, and Archer Hellman; his brother, Jack Crissup (Debbie); his brother-in-law, Ronnie Koehn; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Gary is preceded in death by his parents; his siblings, Eveline Crissup, Dwayne Crissup, and Clarence (C.A.) Crissup (Jeanne); and his in-laws, Edward and Minnie Long, Wayne Long, Don Long, Alvin Long, Jo Ann and Neil Bolenbaugh, and Linda Koehn.
Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, the Helena Historical Society, or a charity of your choice through the funeral home.
Arrangements are by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Helena. www.lanmanmemorials.com Facebook: Lanman Funeral Home Inc.