Carl Craig, age 78, of Elk City, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on August 18, 2019, after a long battle with COPD. Born and raised in Beulah, Carl was the son of Thomas and Garnet Craig, of West Monterey. He attended Parker Schools and married Gloria Nicholson on September 12, 1958.
Carl is survived by his wife of 61 years, Gloria, and his sons, Ron Craig (Brenda) and Steve Craig (Cooki), and a daughter, Sharon Bauer (Scott). He is also survived by two brothers, Ned Craig (Karen) and Dan Craig (Sylvia) and by three sisters, Diann Cratty, Donna Blauser (Dave), and Bonnie Elder (Alex). He is also survived by several cousins and many nieces and nephews.
He is also survived by his grandchildren Jessica Crane (Ben), Derek Craig, Brianna Craig (Travis Patrick), and Leia Bauer. His great-grandchildren are Aleysia Craig, Josh Craig, Ella Crane, Rylynn Crane, Avarie Craig, and Kinlee Patrick.
Carl was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Garnet Craig, and by a grandson, Ryan Craig. Also preceding him in death was his brother-in-law, Larry Cratty.
He fondly spoke of growing up spending every summer working at his grandparents farm in Rimersburg. After leaving high school, he worked for several years as a laborer in a local sawmill. The majority of his working years, however, was spent as a dynamite blaster and salesman for Amos L. Dolby and Company and later for Wampum Hardware, both explosives companies. During these years, he made many friends and acquaintances. Carl had a gift for sharing funny stories and making those around him feel at ease.
Carl was a patient, caring, and easygoing person who above all loved his family. Some of his most treasured memories were of playing country music with his family. Throughout the years, he enjoyed playing guitar and singing with his parents (Tom and Garnet) at various square dances, VFWs, and reunions. He greatly valued and enjoyed family traditions and music was an important family tradition. Most get-togethers with family and friends included making music and this love of music has been passed down to his children and grandchildren.
Prior to his decline in health, Carl and Gloria enjoyed many fishing adventures in Canada with family, and traveling with his parents to Branson, Missouri, and to Nassau in the Bahamas. His last big vacation was to San Francisco, California, with his sister and brother-in-law, Diann and Larry.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 P.M. and 7 to 9 P.M. Wednesday, August 21, 2019 and from 10 to 11 A.M. Thursday at the McEntire-Weaver Funeral Home, 504 East Penn Ave., Knox. Funeral services will be held at 11 A.M. Thursday in the funeral home with Pastor Dan Myers officiating
Interment will take place at Knox Union Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Clarion-Forest Visiting Nurses Association or to a charity of their choice.
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