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William L. "Bill" Craig, 86, of Middlebury and formerly of Elkhart, passed away Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 at his home. He was born March 22, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois, to William Lester and Velma (Troupe) Craig.
On April 19, 1953, in Elkhart, he married Fran E. Neterer. She survives along with three children, Kathy (Robert) Spaugh, Elkhart, William "Jeff" (Michelle) Craig, Indianapolis, and Thomas B. (Jill) Craig, Goshen; nine grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Marlene (Jim) LaVenture, Harrietta, Michigan. He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Joyce Ellen Craig; and a brother, Darwin Craig.
Bill served in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict from 1948-1953 and was honorably discharged.
He was a member of the Coral Sea Association, the VFW, and American Legion, was a volunteer fireman with the Osolo Fire Department and ran a hobby farm for many years.
He was also a member of the Northside Baptist Church since 1953. He was very active in the church serving as a greeter, was head usher, taught Sunday school and was the Sunday school superintendent. He also was a member of the trustees, a deacon, and was the Awana commander for 21 years. Bill worked for WSJV for 13 years and was a letter carrier with the U.S. Postal Service for 32 years until his retirement in 1989. After his retirement from the post office, he was a bank courier for five years and an employee driver for the Das Dutchman Essenhaus for eight years.
Visitation for family and friends will be from 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19, and 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, at the Northside Baptist Church, 53198 C.R. 9 North, Elkhart.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 at the church. Pastor Carl Henry will preside and burial will follow at Sugar Grove Cemetery in Goshen where the U.S. Navy Honor Guard will render military honors.
Memorial contributions may be given to the church or to the Goshen Center for Hospice. Walley-Mills-Zimmerman Funeral Home is entrusted with his care. To send an online condolence, please visit www.wmzfh.com.
Published on December 19, 2017
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