Wednesday, October 9, 2013


Mildred Fecht right, grand daughter of Mary Ann Secrist Crites, worked as a vocational nurse at Valley Receiving Hospital in Van Nuys, California. Mildred worked as a practical nurse in Washington State, California and Nebraska.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013


Kenneth Dale Crites
Minot Daily News   25 April 2013
Ken was born June 17, 1941, in Minot to Theodore "Ted" and Ruby (Grant) Crites. He was reared in Minot, attended Minot schools, graduated from Minot High School and continued his education at Minot State University. As a young adult he served in the Air Force.
Ken married Jean Edwards on Oct. 23, 1971, at First Presbyterian Church in Minot. They made their home in Minot, where he was employed as a television and radio broadcaster and newspaper journalist. He retired from The Minot Daily News in 2006.
Ken especially enjoyed fishing and camping.
Ken's loving family includes: his wife, Jean; sons, Jeff (Karen) Crites and Steve (Bobbi) Crites, all of Dearborn Heights, Mich., Paul Crites (Adina Denton), of Bismarck North Dakota, and Charles (Leah) Crites, of Minot; 11 grandchildren; brother, Greg (Frances) Crites, of Laurel, Maryland.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation: Today, April 25, from noon to 5 p.m., in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials: Are preferred to the Trinity Cancer Care Center, Minot.
Those wishing to sign the online memorial register or share memories are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at ("

Our kinsman was named for two of his uncles. Kenneth Richards was the much loved husband of Mary Crites Richards, the sister of Ted Crites. He was a hard working, fun loving man who originally lived in Minot, North Dakota but moved to Everett, Washington during World War II. Dale Crites, the older brother of Ted, lived mostly around Minot, North Dakota. 

Wednesday, January 2, 2013


Richard Franklin "Trey" Crites III
(1972 - 2012)

Richard Franklin "Trey" Crites III of Garland, Texas passed away on Monday, November 19, 2012 in California unexpectedly during a business trip. Trey was born September 27, 1972 to Richard and Hazel Crites in Dallas Texas. Growing up primarily in the small East Texas town of Big Sandy, Trey graduated from South Garland High School in 1991 and ITT Technical Institute in 1994.
Trey was living his dream and enjoying life as an independent semi-truck operator for K Truck Lines, Inc. The family wishes to thank his friends for all the kind words of support and for loving him in this life that was all too short.
For those who knew Trey, you know that he would not want tears of sadness to mark this occasion. Always quick with a line or comeback, Trey would prefer a celebration of life and laughter recalling memories of days past. In his honor, a celebration of Trey's life will be hosted by the family pending final arrangements.
Please feel free to leave messages and memories on the "Treyo Critez" Facebook page and as arrangements are finalized they will be shared on the same. Donations in Trey's memory may be made to Baylor Health Care System Foundation at 3600 Gaston Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75246.
While Trey was preceded in death by his birth parents, Richard and Hazel Crites, he was survived by his partner in life, Valerie Bromberg; mother Mary Lee Crites Norman and father, James Norman; brothers Jim, Ricky and David Norman; sister Margie Norman Oliver; and numerous aunts, nieces, nephews and extended family.

Dallas Morning News   Nov. 29, 2012

Monday, December 31, 2012


Marriage of John S. Weaver and Elizabeth Ann Paugh - 16 February 1876. (click on image to enlarge it)

Thursday, July 7, 2011


These are candid photographs taken of the wedding of Damon and Rebecca Fecht on July 3, 2011 at Orcutt Ranch in Chatsworth, California. Our lifelong friend Linda Moore captured these images.

 Rebecca and Damon share their wedding kiss, while Jake closes his eyes over such mushy stuff. Behind Jake is best man Ryan Bates.

 The newest Fecht family is introduced to guests under a great English oak tree.

 Rebecca and Damon share their wedding dance on the patio of historic Orcutt Ranch.

 The new Fecht family leaves the wedding ceremony.

Janne Fecht enjoys getting her son Damon to smile on his wedding day. Behind them Dave Tulk dances with his daughter Rebecca.

Thursday, April 21, 2011


Most veterans, returning home at the conclusion of WWII, were determined to make the American dream a reality. Thousands of homes were built in the San Fernando Valley, and many young vets, like Joe Hosler and Jim Fecht started their own businesses. Jim and Joe bought a pickup truck, acquired electrical contractors' licenses, and opened up shop. These images were among the effects donated to The Museum by James Fecht just before his death. (click on images to enlarge)
 Photo 2722 - Pickup truck belonging to James Fecht and Joseph Hosler - 1949

 Photo 2721 - left Joe Hosler, right James Fecht with their new truck.  1949 - North Hollywood, gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Jim Fecht 2009.

Photo 2723 - James Fecht in North Hollywood, California in 1949. The location was on Elmer Avenue, an area removed for the construction of the 101 freeway. Jim was a World War II Marine.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


Dorothy Fetterhoff
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Dorothy Eileen Fetterhoff, 89, of Jackson and formerly a well-known business owner of Fetterhoff True Value Hardware in Marble Hill, Mo., died Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010, at Jackson Manor Nursing Home.

She was born Aug. 4, 1921, in Mexico, Mo., the daughter of William Thomas and Mildred Irene Crites Fecht.

She attended 12 years of school at St. Brendan's School in Mexico, graduating as class valedictorian in 1939. She worked as the society editor and reporter for the Mexico newspapers.

She and Elmer Clyde Fetterhoff were married June 30, 1940, at St. Brendan Church in Mexico. After 60 years of marriage, Elmer preceded Dorothy in death July 6, 2000.

Dorothy and Elmer and their family came to Lutesville, Mo., in 1950 where they owned and operated Fetterhoff's Western Auto Store, later changing to Fetterhoff's Furniture and True Value Hardware. After 27 years they retired and sold the business to their oldest son, Bill, and his wife, Carol.

Dorothy was active in civic, business and school affairs. She was instrumental in organizing the Marble Hill-Lutesville Business Club and served a number of times as president. She was a member of St. John Catholic Church at Leopold, where for 25 years she co-chaired the Olde Gifte Shop at the annual church picnic. She was a past president of the Junior Woman's Club, and received the Woman of the Year Award, along with a club recognition of the Shell Award for their successful effort to establish a medical doctor in the community. She attended Immaculate Conception Church in Jackson following her move to Jackson.

She is survived by four children, William G. (Carol) Fetterhoff and Anita E. (Bill) Fahrenkrog, both of Jackson, Thomas W. Fetterhoff of Enterprise, Fla., and Carl E. Fetterhoff of Springfield, Mo.; eight grandchildren, K. Scott Fetterhoff, Tamara Davault, both of Marble Hill, Cynthia Hayes of Lincoln, Neb., Mary Catherine Hoffman of Perryville, Mo., Elizabeth Anne Fetterhoff of Deland, Fla., Cheryl Hubbard of Enterprise, Monica Warner of Bristol, Fla., and Michael Fetterhoff of Seffer, Fla.; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Mary Genevieve Rebbe of Everett, Wa.; and two brothers, Dr. Gerald Fecht of Tarzana, Calif., and Robert W. Fecht of Clermont, Fla.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2010, at Hutchings Funeral Chapel in Marble Hill.

Parish prayers will be at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

A funeral Mass will be at St. John Catholic Church at Leopold at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept 9, with Father John Harth officiating.

Burial will follow in the church cemetery.