Gary  Craig
Gary Craig
Gary Craig

January 6, 1950 - January 11, 2021
Born in Watsonville, California
Resided in Des Moines, Iowa
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Gary Patrick Craig, 71 years old was born January 6, 1950, to Betty Craig and James Craig in Watsonville, California. He passed away on January 11, 2021, at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa.

Survived by his wife Carol Craig of 17 years in a wonderful marriage; son, Brian (Laura) Craig of Lawton, Oklahoma; daughters, Melanie Craig and Wendy Craig of Sulphur, Oklahoma; step-daughters, Mary Blackford of Pleasant Hill, Iowa, Betty (Brad) Wawers of Maxwell, Iowa, Tammy Hearn of Des Moines, but he loved them as if they were his own; 12 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren.
He served 24 years in the Army. After 24 years in the military, he proudly retired as an SFC-E9.

He enjoyed talking on his amateur radios with his call sign as KE5IRJ. He liked fishing, hunting, and cooking. He also enjoyed crocheting and spending time with family, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. He loved playing with his model trains.

He was a member of the Des Moines Mennonite Church and enjoyed the time he spent serving holiday dinners at the homeless shelter and all the church activities.
Preceded in death by his mother, Betty Craig; stepfather, James Craig; and infant brother.

He will be greatly missed, but never forgotten by family and friends.

A visitation will be held 11-1 pm Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at Iles Westover Chapel. The burial will follow at 2 pm at Iowa Veterans Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family for a future memorial.





Iles Westover Chapel
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Iowa Veterans Cemetery
34024 Veterans Memorial Drive
Adel, IA US 50003
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
2:00 PM