Arnold J Critelli


Arnold Joseph Critelli, known as Arnie to his family and friends died after a brief illness of cancer and COPD at his home in Prescott, Arizona on March 9th, 2023. He was 85 years old.

Arnie was born in Belfield, ND, on July 19th, 1937, the oldest son to John and Bernadette Critelli.

He grew up in Fargo, ND and attended Fargo Central High School. Arnie, entered the US Army in July, 1955. Where he spent time in Fort Knox, KY before being deployed in Germany for 2 years. He was discharged as a Sargent in 1958.

His business career took him all over the US and Canada with business also in Australia. He spent 6 years with Red River Hardware in Moorhead, MN before making a big career change with Chemical Ways Corp in Lake Bluff, ILL. He was a outstanding salesman selling chemical industrial cleaners in many locations He retired in 1980 as a National Sales Manager.

He married Shirley (Grandbois) on March 4th, 1957 and they spent their time together between, Fargo ND, West Fargo ND, Germantown TN, Paris TN, Ocala FL, after residing Prescott AZ the last 19 years.

Arnie is survived by his wife Shirley of 66 years, a daughter Monica (Barry) Mesa, AZ and Son Curt (Teresa) Ocala, FL. Grandchildren: Ashley Critelli, Travis Kasowski, Tyler Kasowski, Justin Critelli and Zach Critelli along 4 Great Grandchildren: Jaiden Critelli, Cruz Kasowski, Jackson Critelli, Sedona Kasowski and 1 brother Jim Critelli.

Arnie was preceded in death by his father John, mother Bernadette and sister Angeline Grandbois.

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