Richard M. “Dick” Craig, 88, 2509 5th Ave S. Apt. 102E, Escanaba, passed away early Thursday morning, December 4, 2014 at Christian Park Village.
He was born on November 2, 1926 in Oak Park, IL, son of Donald and Winnifred (Murphey) Craig. At the age of six they moved to Escanaba and he graduated from Escanaba High School.
Dick served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 until his honorable discharge in 1946. Serving during WWII as a Radioman 1/C and also the Korean War, he received a Asiatic Pacific Ribbon, Two Stars, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, American Area Ribbon and Victory Ribbon.
On June 21, 1947, Dick married Peg Craig at St. Anne’s Church in Escanaba.
Dick worked for the railroad for two years before starting his 35 year career with Citizens Insurance Company. He was the manager of the U.P. before retiring in 1988. He was a past member of the “International Association of Arson Investigators.”
Dick was an active member of St. Anne’s Church. He was a Eucharistic Minister, lector, President of the parish council and was a member on the service commission.
He was the President of the Escanaba Fan Club for many years and was involved with the initial installation of the football stadium lights.
Dick loved golfing and was a member of the Escanaba Country Club. He enjoyed hunting and shot his last eight point buck at the age of 80. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, served as President of the Saginaw Valley Adjuster Association, the Escanaba Noon Kiwanis Club, and the Escanaba Country Club. He served two years on the Escanaba Planning commission. He was a member of “The American Legion”, Post 82. Escanaba, Michigan.
Among survivors include his wife, Peg Craig of Escanaba; daughters, Karen (Brad) Rowe of Rapid River and Michael (Lisa) Craig of Escanaba; grandchildren, Dr. Ian Russell Rowe, Lindsey (Nathan) Bosman, Ryan Michael and Ross (Winter) Richard Craig, Aria Kauffman and Camden Johnson; great grandchildren, Kyari and Rayden; sisters in law, Sister Maryl Gardner of Manitowac, WI and Beverly Gardner of Escanaba; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
In addition to his parents; he was preceded in death by his son, Bruce Craig who served in the marines and (KIA) passed away during the Vietnam War in 1968.
The family will receive friends and relatives on Tuesday, December 9th from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Home in Escanaba. Military Rites will be conducted by the Delta County Veterans Council at 5 p.m. The funeral service will follow at 6 p.m. with Rev. Fran DeGroot officiating.
The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Craig family.