Friday, May 24, 2013

Robert Craft

Robert Craft

SAVOY – Robert E. "Bob" Craft joined his wife in heaven on Monday, May 20, 2013.
Bob was born in LaPorte City, Iowa, on May 16, 1926, the son of Leslie and Mary Craft. He married Betty Kipfer in Pontiac on Oct. 22, 1950, and they were married for 62 years.
He is survived by a daughter, Joanna (Lloyd) Ochsenschlager; a son, Jeff Craft; and another daughter, Jennifer (Pat) DelRio. Four grandchildren, Megan (Steve) Stemmet, Matt (Emilee) Kozloski, Maren King and Barry (Ashely) Craft; six great-grandchildren, Jake, Ben and Nick Stemmet, Maddy and Jason King and Piper Kozloski; two sisters, Jean Tyler and Joyce (Johnny) Chenoweth; and a brother, Glen (Annalee) Craft, also survive. He is also survived by some of the best friends anyone could have.
He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents and a brother Lee.
He graduated from the University of Illinois, where he was a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and began working for the USDA as a soil conservationist.
He was in the Navy and was a part of the Korean War and World War II. He was honorably discharged.
Bob was involved in as many activities as he could possibly be in. He was a member of the Moose, the Elks, AGR, AFA, Masons, UI Alumni Association, Federation of Metal Detector and Archaeological Clubs, the Audubon Society, Central Illinois Geocaching Association, the Eastern Star, North American Fishing Club, Izaak Walton League, and University Club, where he and Betty danced as much as possible.
Bob moved to the Windsor of Savoy two years ago and was again involved in all activities. He spent the most time on a World War II bowling league. They played against other groups, even outside of Windsor. Every time the great-grandkids went to visit, they all had competitive bowling.
Bob loved to fish and do geocaching. He took the great-grandkids on a geocaching experience in Fort Myers Beach, a trek they will never forget.
Morgan Memorial Home in Savoy is in charge of arrangements. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 28, followed by a celebration of life at 11:15 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 210 W. Church St., Champaign. Later, graveside services will be held for the family at Grandview Memorial Gardens, Champaign.
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