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Roy F. Crist

April 22, 1952 — August 21, 2021

Star City

Roy F. Crist, 69, of Star City passed away at 4:54 a.m., Saturday, August 21, 2021 at home.

Born on April 22, 1952 in Winamac, he was the son of the late Ralph and Ardella Jean (Good) Crist.

He was a 1973 Winamac High School graduate.

On September 27, 1975 he married Kathleen J. Needham, she survives.

Roy was a lifelong farmer and was formerly a welder at Galbreath’s and had also been employed at CFS in Kewanna.

He was a member of Star City United Methodist Church and the Northern Indiana Power of the Past.  Roy was also active with Pulaski County 4-H. He enjoyed farming of all sorts, model trains, quilts and helping out anyone and everyone who needed it. He knew no stranger. Roy also enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Kathleen Crist of Star City, sons, John F. Crist (Richel) of Star City and Jacob Crist (Katrina) of Carmel, daughter, Laura Jean Bates (Andrew) Fenton, Michigan, sisters, Jackie Wheeler (John) of Star City and Janeal Scott (Albert) of Lafayette, sisters in law, Carol Crist of Logansport, Cathy McKinley of Florida, Susanna McKinley of South Bend and Cathy Needham of Missouri, brothers in law, Dan McKinley (Anna) of Winamac and Charles Needham (Deb) of Logansport,  grandchildren, Kaela Gehrman, Keagen Crist, Arabellah Crist, Ariannah Crist, Raiden Riddle, Landen Crist, Sophia Bates and Hannah Bates.  He is also survived by nieces and nephews, Cara Dauenhauer, Ranee Price, Taneal Myers, Chad Roudebush, Allison McKinley, Andrea Williams, Danny McKinley II, Alicia Hanawalt, Nathan Needham, Celie McKinley, Chad Bebee, Annie Bebee, John W. Wheeler, Jr., Gabe Wheeler, Tammy Lovely, Stephanie Wheeler, Matt Wheeler, Lisa Allen (Sean),  Melissa Shatto (Brandon), Amber Pool (Trevor) and Matt Needham (Asheley) and several great nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by brother, Rex Crist.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m., Monday, August 30, 2021 at Rans Funeral Homes & Crematory, Metzger Chapel, 123 E. Main St., Kewanna with Pastor Jeff Seger officiating.

Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, August 29, 2021 at the funeral home.

Burial will be at Paul’s Chapel at a later date.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Northern Indiana Power of the Past Horse Pull and/or Riley Children’s Hospital.

Roy’s online guestbook is available and condolences can be shared with the family at

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Sunday, August 29, 2021

3:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Kewanna Chapel

, Kewanna, IN 46939

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Funeral Service

Monday, August 30, 2021

Starts at 10:30 am (Eastern time)

Kewanna Chapel

, Kewanna, IN 46939

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