Rev. Claude Craig

Rev. Claude Craig, 86, of Creve Coeur, died at 11:45 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011, at his home.

He was born on Oct. 10, 1924, in Alto Pass, the son of Clovis and Clara Toler Craig.

He married Dorothy Gibson on Sept. 2, 1944, in Jonesboro.

Surviving are his wife; one son, Earnest Craig of Long View, Wash.; three daughters, Joan King of Creve Coeur, Marilyn (Steve) Crisler of Germantown Hills and Jeanie (Dan) Farmer of Morton; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one brother, Gilbert (Pauline) Craig of Spring Bay.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one granddaughter; two brothers; and a son-in-law.

Rev. Craig retired from Caterpillar Inc. in 1989 after 39 years of service.

He served in the Civilian Conservation Corps during the construction of Giant City State Park in 1941-42.

Rev. Craig dedicated his life to the Southern Baptist ministry for over 50 years, pastoring five churches in the Peoria area.

He was a member of the Creve Coeur Southern Baptist Church, which he founded in 1957.

He was a member of the Peoria Metro Baptist Association and the United Auto Workers Local 974 in Peoria.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes and Crematory in Creve Coeur. The Rev. Bobby Barnhill officiated. Burial was in Spring Bay Cemetery.

Memorials can be made to the Baptist Children’s Home, 949 County Rd. 1300 N., Carmi, Ill. 62821.

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