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January 4, 1945 –
 September 13, 2021


Ervin Joseph Citizen of Grapevine, Texas passed away on Monday, September 13, 2021 at the age of 76. Please leave the family condolences and share memories on this website.

Arrangements under the direction of 

Aria Cremation Service and Funeral Home

1820 N Belt Line Road

Irving, Texas 75061

(972) 607- 4400

    Ethel Hall
    16 Sep 2021

    May the love of God give you peace and his memories strengthen and comfort the family and friends.

    Lonnie & Janet Brady
    16 Sep 2021

    May the Lord God Almighty provide pease and comfort the hearts of Mrs. Citizen, the family and friend. Our most sincere condolences. Lonnie and Janet (Clayton) Brady

    Sam Holmes Jr
    17 Sep 2021

    I remember Joe and his family when they came to Keller Springs Baptist Church, always enjoyed the conversations we had together, to this day I remember some wisdom he shared with me after service one day. praying for the family.

    Suzy Staulz
    17 Sep 2021

    Dear Citizen Family
    We are sending love to you all . We were Blessed to know and Love Joe for 45 years!
    He was an amazing adopted Uncle Joe to Daniel all those years ago! I am so glad I had the opportunity to thank him last month for his kindness and love he showed him.
    Rest In Peace

    Gerald and Princella Wilson
    18 Sep 2021

    Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal. May our God of peace grant you comfort, strength and love during this time. Our condolences if love and prayers are extended to you and you family.

    Sylvia Franklin
    18 Sep 2021

    I had the pleasure of working with Joe Citizen on numerous occasions.
    He was always so friendly and quick to greet you with a friendly smile.

    May God Bless and Strengthen The Citizen Family .

    Donna McNeal-Citizen
    19 Sep 2021

    II never had the pleasure to ever meet my uncle but from my understanding through my aunt Anna he was a very loving and caring man I regret not ever meeting him may he rest in peace and I am deeply deeply sorry at the loss I will keep you all in my prayers may God continue to wrap his loving arms around you and give you strength in guidance you need through these difficult times

    Mary Dory
    23 Sep 2021

    Mr. Citizen was my supervisor at the Bureau. He was also a good friend. God bless all his family. My prayers are with you.

    Mary Dory
    23 Sep 2021

    Mr. Joe was my supervisor at the Bureau. My prayers are with the family.

    Herman Franklin
    23 Sep 2021

    I worked with Mr. Joe for many years. He always greeted everyone with a hello and a smile. He will be truly missed. I pray that the family will find comfort and peace.

    Emmett & Dee Osburn
    23 Sep 2021

    The Lord is your shepherd. May he sustain and comfort you and your family in your Season of Sorrow with his glorious and faithful love. With our deepest and sincere sympathy.
    Emmett and Dee

    Ralph Daniel
    23 Sep 2021

    Worked with Joe at the Western Currency Facility, he was a fine man, and as everyone has already said, he had a smile on his face all the time. Sorry for your loss! Thanks for sharing him with his work family.

    Don Huffman
    24 Sep 2021

    Expressing extreme gratitude for the extensive US Army Service of SFC Ervin Citizen for our country. Prayers are going up to heaven for comfort for his family and many friends in their loss. May he rest in this his new “Heavenly Deployment” with His Beloved Creator and Lord.
    Don Huffman Army Vet (Capt) and Dallas Honor Guard member.

    Rev. Tommy Rigmaiden
    26 Sep 2021

    Our dear Cousin Joe was a well respected gentleman,husband, father, and grandfather. Cousin Caroline do know that our hearts are heavy and we stand with you during this time of sorrow. To Cousin Joe, sail on my dear brother in Christ until we met again on the other side of the deep blue ark of heaven. Praying always

    OscarRPatton CSM US Army Retired
    26 Sep 2021

    To Carolyn & Kelvin Citizen, I met Sergeant Major Ervin J. Citizen in 1986, While serving as Sergeant Major Installation Support White Sands Missile Range NM. As soon as we met we became instant friends. I came to know Joe as a gentile man who loved God, his family and proudly served his country. Many people were fond of Joe due to his enormous heart and caring spirit. Carolyn & Kelvin, on Sep. 13 2021 My Dear Friend went home to be with the Lord. I will always continue to love and cherish all the great memories of my great Friend Ervin Joseph Citizen and look forward to meeting him again some great day.

    Shane D. Williams
    27 Sep 2021

    Citizen Family,
    Our sincere condolences go out to the Citizen Family on the passing of our dear Uncle Joe. He will be truly missed by the Williams Family. God Bless .
    Shane, Myra and Sawyer David Williams

    Steve & Londa Williams
    27 Sep 2021

    To My Family,

    We send our heartfelt condolences and sincere prayers to you all during this time. May God’s Grace, Comfort, & Peace be with you all in Jesus Name.

    Steve & Londa Williams
    Memphis TN

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