Richard Brent Crittenden, 58, of Pryor, passed peacefully away on Saturday, August 13, 2022 at his home. He was born on April 15, 1964 in Pryor; the son of Richard Henry and Bonnie Clarene (Clouse) Crittenden. He married Debbie Lord on June 11, 1983 and have spent 39 years of marriage together. Brent started working as a dispatcher for the Pryor Police Department in 1982 before starting his career as a Police Officer. He spent the next 29 years serving Pryor as an officer before his retirement as a Sergeant Detective in 2011. In his younger years, he enjoyed drag car racing with fellow police and firefighters and was an active member of the Gunfighters Motorcycle Club, where he was one of the 8 founding members of the Bigfoot Chapter for Northeastern Oklahoma and was currently chairman of the MESTA board. Brent enjoyed watching sports and was a fan of the OSU Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs, and the Kansas City Royals. Above all, he had a special place in his heart for his three grandchildren and enjoyed each moment he had to spend with them. He was a wonderful husband, son, father, brother, Papoo, and friend and leaves behind many memories for his family to cherish.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 17, 2022 in the Mayes County Event Center with Pastor Woody Hansen officiating. Burial will follow in the Graham Memorial Cemetery with Blake Crittenden, Dustin Van Horn, Gabriel Scott – Lord, John Ballew, Doug Dixon, Jake Hansen, Tony Klahr, Jay Reese, Joe Guthrie, and Scott Prather serving as casket bearers. Honorary casket bearers will be Steve Adams, Donny Gaines, Dennis Nichols, Joe Garrett, Derek Melton, and Kenny Bennett. Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 16, 2022 at Shipman’s Funeral Home in Pryor. To leave his family a message, please visit his Tribute Wall at www.shipmansfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Shipman’s Funeral & Cremation Service.
Brent is survived by his wife, Debbie Crittenden of the home; son, Blake Crittenden and wife Ashley of Pryor, Oklahoma; daughter, Cassie Crittenden of Pryor, Oklahoma; bonus son, Dustin Van Horn and wife Elizabeth of Pryor, Oklahoma; parents, Richard and Clarene Crittenden of Pryor, Oklahoma; sister, Lori Ballew and husband John of Pryor, Oklahoma; three grandchildren; Gabe Scott – Lord, Tia Scott – Lord, and Brynlee Crittenden; and one on the way; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his brother, Douglas Henry Crittenden.