Stanley H. Crist

November 28, 1916 ~ August 12, 2016

Stanley Crist passed away peacefully on August 12, 2016. He was 99.

He was born in Jeffers, MN, and lived most of his adult life in Minneapolis. He was a World War II veteran, serving in New York City (where he met his future wife, Navy WAVES member Esther Pederson, at a Lutheran church service) and at the Pacific front aboard the PT Tender “Orestes.” 

He had a life-long interest in horticulture and maintained extensive gardens at Westwood Lutheran Church and RidgePoint in Minneapolis. He served as a Master Gardener in Hennepin County, MN, since the inception of the program, and was also a Master Gardener in Calcasieu Parish. He served in various capacities at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. He organized and served as first president of the then-called Minnesota Association for Retarded Children, now called The Arc. He was an active volunteer for the Banners Arts and Humanities Series at McNeese State University during the series’ early years.


He is survived by two daughters, Mary Richardson of Lake Charles and her husband, Joseph, and Lorraine Crist of Waseca, MN; one son, Donald Crist of Minneapolis; two grandchildren, Andrew Richardson of Lake Charles and his wife, Jennifer, and Christopher Richardson of Kennett Square, PA and his wife, Melissa; and two great-grandchildren, Maxine and Marceline Richardson of Kennett Square.

The family would like to thank the staff and residents at The Verandah for their many kindnesses, Heart of Hospice staff for their compassion, and Teresa Drake for her steadfast help.

A memorial service will be held at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd at 12 noon on Monday, August 15, 2016.   The Very Reverend Jack Myers and Mother Boo Kay will officiate.   A reception in Hardtner Hall will immediately follow the services.  Mr. Crist will be interred with military honors at the Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN. Cremation was entrusted to Johnson Funeral Home. 

Memorials may be made to the Organ Restoration Fund at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 715 Kirkman Street, Lake Charles, LA  70601.

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  1. My deepest sympathy to the family for the loss of your loved one. May you find hope in the resurrection promise from God found at Acts 24:15.

  2. My deepest sympathy to the family. May all your wonderful memories of your loved one be of comfort to you at this difficult time. God knows the pain you are feeling and he will strengthen and comfort you. (Isaiah 41:10)

  3. I knew Stan through the Hennepin County Master Gardener program. While I didn't know him well, it was a pleasure to talk with him at our monthly meetings. He was always kind, encouraging, and sweet. I hope in time, your memories of him bring you sweetness and solace.

  4. My deepest sympathies to all your family on the death of Stanley. I happened upon the obituary too late to make the funeral and introduce myself. My mother, Mabel Grunenwald Voshage was Stanley's cousin. I know that she would always talk about him and how much fun he was. No specific stories that I can remember. I just wanted to let you know there are a lot of other relatives out there if you are interested in connecting. I live in Maple Grove and did meet Stanley at Lynde's Greenhouse one of the times he was the Master Gardener. My email is above and my cell phone is 612.741.4729. Hope to hear from you!

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