Criss F. Steinbeck of Vienna, W.Va., died Monday, July 14, 2014, the day after his 92nd birthday.
He was a true mountaineer, born and bred, and he loved the West Virginia hills. He was a graduate of Charleston High School and Parkersburg Rosier College with a degree in psychology. He was a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps (now the Air Force) during World War II and trained allied forces from all over the world.
He was a Mason, a member of Vienna Baptist Church and was retired from DuPont, Washington Works, with 35 years of service. He loved antiques, gardening, and collecting lumber script.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Etta "Jo" Long Steinbeck, in 1999, one infant daughter and one infant great granddaughter.
He is survived by his two daughters, Kay Steinbeck Mace and Barbara (Raymond) Stagg, both of Ravenswood; one grandson, Elijah Stagg, a submariner in the U.S. Navy; and five granddaughters, Crystal Stagg of Ravenswood, Jody Stagg (Derrick) Goard, and Abigail, April and Victoria Stagg, all of Charleston. He is also survived by two great grandsons, Chandler DeWees of Ravenswood and Jamen Goard of Charleston; and five great granddaughters, Iris, Lorelei, Kenya and Miriam Goard, and Oakley Thomas, all of Charleston.
The family especially wants to thank the neighbors, caregivers and friends who loyally watched out for him when the family could not. He has donated his body to the Human Gift Registry at WVU. There will be no funeral but a memorial service will be held later this summer.