Body found in Walnut River identified as well-known Augusta native

KWCH – May 30, 2017

Butler County water rescue crews found the body of the man who went missing in the Walnut River.

The Butler County Sheriff identifies him as 82-year-old Ramon D. Criss. Investigators say his body was found a half mile from where the tractor he was on over turned on a low water bridge.

Sheriff Kelly Herzet says Criss was an Augusta native, and well-known as a business man and for his philanthropic efforts.

“He’s done a lot for the community,” Herzet said.

He says Criss was instrumental in launching the annual Governor’s Turkey Hunt and made large donations to schools in Butler County.

Herzet says Criss was clearing a low-water bridge on his property to prepare for the “Storm the Dam Trail Run” that’s coming up next week, when he and the tractor he was riding somehow fell off the bridge.

The run’s Facebook page posted this Saturday morning:

“It is with extreme sadness that I announce the passing of the private property owner, Ramon Criss. Ramon was a great man who didn’t care too much for limelight, he cared about helping others. Ramon did so much for this race, the city of El Dorado, Butler County and even the state of Kansas. I have been privileged to get to know he and his wife over this last year.
It makes me sick to think he will not be out on the property next week. It makes me sick to think he won’t see all the runners enjoying the beauty of his land. It makes me sick that his life was taken so soon from us and his wife and children. His impact on this race, community and state will never be forgotten nor replaced. Ramon was a great man and will be missed.
Please pray for the strength of his family as they make his final plans. We will pay honor to Ramon next week at the race. I asked each of you in advance to continue respecting Ramon’s wishes for the race, enjoy the land only on race day.”

Officials began looking for Criss around 2:00 p.m. Friday afternoon and found him just before 9am Saturday morning.


Posted by Gwen Dorr Romine, KSFFA Webmaster
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