Oliver Gene Criswell of Gainesville, FL passed peacefully at 91 years young on Aug 15th, 2021, at E.T. York Center. He is preceded in death by his Parents, McKinley & Fannie Criswell. Siblings include his brothers: Herschel, Marvin, & Bobby Criswell and Sisters: Irene Myrtle Dees, Norma Herring, Carol Jean Criswell, & Mary Lou Peters, His survivors include his sisters Dorothy Mogy and Betty Bell, Children: Gene McKinnly, (Kimberly) Criswell, Curtis James (Melisa) Criswell, Joseph Randall (Nikki) Criswell. He had 8 Grandchildren: Johnathan, Timothy, Jessica, Clinton, Lil’ John, Samantha, Alyssa, & Curtis. He was blessed with 15 beautiful Great Grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, and extended family. He was a very loving man with a huge heart for his Family. Always willing to help others in time of need. His accomplishments include an Honorable discharge he was given from the United States Armed Forces, serving in the US Army. He also retired from the University of Florida after 30 years of Service. His hobbies included bowling, his shrubbery and flower gardens, any chance to work in the yard and he loved spending time with his family! Arrangements are under the care of Forest Meadows Funeral Home at 725 NW 23rd AVE, Gainesville, FL 32609 Viewing will be held on Thurs, AUG 19th, 2021 from 10AM to 12PM with a Graveside Service to follow directly after at Forest Meadows Memorial Park-East 3700 SE Hawthorne Rd, Gainesville, FL 32641.