Thomas Earl Crider

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Thomas E. Crider 86-yearold resident of Choctaw, Oklahoma, passed away April 1, 2018 in Midwest City, Oklahoma. Born June 12, 1931 in Cordell, Oklahoma, he was the son of Hugh Tom Crider and Agnes Lorene (Ward) Crider. Tom was a longtime employee at Tinker Air Force Base working in data automation. He loved doing yard work, being outdoors, bird watching, and his dogs. He would take in any stray that came to his home and soon it was his dog. Tom proudly served his country, serving in both the Navy and the Air Force. He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Christy Mead; two grandchildren, Jackie and Michael Richardson; one sister, Jackie Ayres; and one brother, Ted Crider. He is survived by his wife Shirley (Griffin) Crider of the home; two sons, Thomas and his wife Glenda Crider of Norman, Oklahoma; and David and his wife Barbara Moore of Choctaw, Oklahoma; two daughters, Carrie and her husband Dale Fortna of Afton, Oklahoma; and Teri and her husband Mark Holmstrom of Austin, Texas. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren, Lindsay and her husband Corey Ellis; Chelsea Crider; Allie and her husband Grant Gannon; Matthew Mead; Brianna Moore; Rachel Richardson; Connor Moore; Kent Holmstrom; Yanna Mead; and Sydney Moore; 4 great-grandchildren, Leo; Jack; Kinsley; and Corley. Tom was a smart, kind, gentle, and humble man loved by his family and all who were fortunate to know him. Graveside service will be held at 11:30 a.m., Monday, May 14, 2018 at Lawnview Cemetery in Cordell, Oklahoma Services are under the direction of Ray & Martha’s Funeral Home in Cordell, Oklahoma.