Kevin W. Caraker

Kevin W. Caraker

Kevin W. Caraker, 64, of Indianapolis, Ind., passed away on July 26, 2022.

Kevin was born in East St. Louis, Ill., on Oct. 13, 1957, the son of Gayle Lirely Caraker and Richard Elvin Caraker.

He went to grade school at Du Quoin Elementary in Du Quoin and Lick Creek Elementary School in Southern Illinois, and high school at Anna-Jonesboro Community High School in Anna.

He graduated from Southern Illinois University (SIU) in Carbondale, Illinois with a B.S. in Engineering (concentration in Thermal and Environmental Engineering) and an M.S. in Engineering (concentration in Thermal and Environmental Engineering).  

He worked as a Senior Health, Safety, and Environmental Engineer, and a Senior Environmental Project Engineer at Rolls-Royce Corp., Veolia North America, Heritage Environmental and was quasi-retired from Heritage Environmental.

He was a Boy Scout as a teen and helped lead Dylan to become an Eagle Scout. Kevin held many volunteer positions in Cub Scouts and Eagle Scouts, including Den Leader for five years and Popcorn Kernel for seven years.

He was a member of St. Luke’s Methodist Church in Indianapolis and Central Indiana Woodworkers.

Kevin was preceded in death by his father, Richard Caraker; and all four grandparents: Philip and Lona (Russell) Caraker and Bill and Lucille (Jackson) Lirely.

Kevin is survived by his wife of 40 years, Anne “Anita” (Hedrick) Caraker; his loving son, Dylan (Celeste and baby Ellette) Caraker; sisters Diana Caraker (David) Taylor, Ginger Caraker (Gary) Brasher; brother Keith Caraker, Alisa (Lilly) Socash; niece Ashlyn Brasher; nephews Nathan (Tara), Justin (Roxy) Taylor, Jonathan (Hannah) Caraker and Michael Caraker.

Visitation and a graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022, at the Gothic Chapel on the grounds of Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis, Ind., with the Rev. Danny Thomas officiating. Arrangements are by Crown Hill Funeral Home.

Kevin loved woodworking, reading novellas, working in his beloved yard with the hostas, ferns and daylilies, traveling, watching “The Amazing Race,” whichever cat(s) they have rescued, etc.  

Memorials may be given to the IndyHumane Shelter on North Michigan Road in Indianapolis. Kevin became a cat person after marrying Anita and loved dogs as well. In the upper right corner of their webpage there is a donate button and in the first paragraph there is a link for memorial donations.

Thank you all for attending and making a difficult day better.

The Gazette-Democrat

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Anna, Illinois 62906
Office Number: (618) 833-2158

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