Don Cristee, 79, of Van Buren passed away Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, in his home. He retired from Georgia Pacific/Dixie Cup in Fort Smith. He was an avid bird hunter and ATV rider, a Mason at  Fine Springs Lodge No. 439 in Alma and attended Kibler United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Theo and Mary (Jones) Cristee; one sister, Mary Elizabeth Morrison; and one brother, Fred Cristee.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren with burial at Newberry Cemetery in Alma under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home in Van Buren.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Billie (Weese) Cristee of the home; two daughters, Jan Dean of Mountainburg and Anne Cristee of Bentonville; one son, Mike Cristee and wife Tonja of Mulberry; one sister, Virgina Holleman of Fort Smith; seven grandchildren, Cristee, Brandi, Colt, Brianna, David, Justin and Jennifer; and 12 great-grandchildren, Hailey, Hannah, Mariah, Cade, Abbey, Hunter, Hagen, Slade, Jackson, Lillie, Wyatt and Ellie.

The family will visit with relatives and friends from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Ocker Funeral Hom, 700 Jefferson St., Van Buren.

Pallbearers will be Mike Brown, Gary Osborne, Dale Osborne, John Testerman, Jeff Testerman, Junior Testerman, John Inge, Lynn Inge, Maurice Inge and grandson, David.

Online tributes may be made at www.ockerfuneralhome.com.