WILLARD WAYNE CRAIG

WILLARD WAYNE CRAIG AGE 88 OF LAMONI, IOWA THE YOUNGEST SON OF PERCY EDWARD AND MINNIE ETHEL (BENNETT) CRAIG, WAS BORN OCTOBER 2, 1920 IN DECATUR COUNTY, IOWA.  HE DIED AT THE DECATUR COUNTY HOSPITAL IN LEON, IOWA ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2009.

WILLARD WAS RAISED AND LIVED MOST ALL OF HIS LIFE IN DECATUR COUNTY.  HE ATTENDED SCHOOL IN DAVIS CITY.  IN 1939 HE STARTED WORKING FOR THE CB& Q RAILROAD.  HE CONTINUED WITH THEM THROUGHOUT THEIR MERGERS UNTIL RETIREMENT.  HE SERVED IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY FROM DECEMBER 8, 1943 UNTIL DECEMBER 23, 1945.

IN JULY 1938 HE MARRIED VETA LEANORE REED. THEY WERE PARENTS TO TWO CHILDREN, LARRY AND BRENDA.  THEY ALSO RAISED THEIR GRANDSON, RONNIE CRAIG FROM AGE SIX.  VETA DIED MARCH 10, 1989, AFTER 50 YEARS OF MARRIAGE.  WILLARD AND HIS WIFE, BETTY PATTIE, HAVE BEEN TOGETHER FOR THE PAST 20 YEARS.

OVER THE YEARS WILLARD WAS A MEMBER OF THE EAGLES AND THE VFW.  HE ENJOYED DANCING, RAISING CATTLE AND HORSES AND TRAINING BIRD DOGS.  HE EXERCISED DAILY TO KEEP HIS HEALTH GOOD.

PRECEDING HIM IN DEATH WERE HIS PARENTS; STEPMOTHER, GERTRUDE JOHNSON; WIFE VETA; SON LARRY CRAIG; SON-IN-LAW, VERNE STARMER; GRANDSONS, GERALD “ARCH” AND RORY “TOOK” STARMER; GREAT-GRANDSON, ERIC CRAIG AND ALL SIX BROTHERS, BASIL, NEIL, CLETUS, ROE, JOHN, AND EMMETT CRAIG.

SURVIVORS INCLUDE HIS WIFE, BETTY PATTIE, OF LAMONI, IA; DAUGHTER BRENDA STARMER, OF CHEYENNE, WY; DAUGHTER-IN-LAW, CHERYL CRAIG OF DES MOINES; GRANDCHILDREN, STAN STARMER, MELODY WEYER, RONNIE CRAIG, RICKY CRAIG AND RANDY CARTER; EIGHT GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN; SISTERS BERNICE HOFFMAN OF LAMONI,I AND HELEN GILLILAND OF LEON, IOWA; SISTER-IN-LAW, MAMIE CRAIG OF OSCEOLA, IOWA AND JONDA CONKEL AND HUSBAND BILL OF BURLINGTON, IOWA; NIECES AND NEPHEWS AND OTHER RELATIVES.

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