George E. (Butch) Craig, 64, of Marshall, died Friday, Dec. 5, 2008, at his home.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008, at St. Peter Catholic Church in Marshall with Fr. Kevin Gormley officiating. Prayer service will be held at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday at Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home with visitation following until 8:00 p.m. Burial with full military rites will be in Ridge Park Cemetery in Marshall. Memorials may be made to St. Peter Catholic Church or The Cooperative Workshop. Friends may sign the online register book at http://www.campbell-lewis.com.
Born Feb. 24, 1944, in Marshall, he was the son of the late George W. Craig and Ollie Mae Raines Craig Friesz, and also the stepson of the late Martin L. Friesz and Zola Cook Craig. On Sept. 20, 1969, he married Janet Widel, who survives of the home. He was a 1962 graduate of Marshall High School and joined the Navy, attached to the Marine Corps, serving from 1962 to 1966. During the Vietnam War he served on the largest, at the time, nuclear powered aircraft carrier, the USS Enterprise. He worked for Russell Brothers Clothing Store, was assistant manager at Gibson Discount Store, managed the MFA Oil Station and worked at the Cooperative Workshop where he loved the clients and his fellow workers. He loved playing, coaching and umpiring baseball and also loved golfing and fishing. He was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church and Marshall Knights of Columbus Council 876.
Additional survivors include one daughter, Cathy Craig Merchant and her husband, Jon, of Marshall; one son, John Craig and his wife, Jill Wright Craig, of Camdenton; one brother, Bill Craig and his wife, Barbara, of San Diego, CA; one grandson, Jonathan Andrew Merchant of Marshall; five nieces, Annie Wolfe and Jody Hall and her husband, Neil, all of San Diego, Littie Wiley and husband, Jimmy, of Kansas City, April Fornshell and her husband, Steve, of Marshall and Cherie Narron and her husband, Mark, of Marshall; two nephews, Bill Craig of San Diego, Calif. and Jack Patrick of Kansas City; brother-in-law, John "Larry" Widel and his wife, Linda, of Marshall; and many great- and great-great-nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and step-parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Anita Mae Craig, Peggy Craig Barnes Hemme and Georgia Craig Patrick Lambert; one brother, James Wesley Craig; and two nephews, Danny and Charlie Patrick.
Additional information provided per family recompense.