Roland Gene Craig

Roland Gene Craig, 83, died Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Rooks County Health Center, Plainville.

He was born May 21, 1930, in Hutchinson to Ernest and Roberta (Lusk) Craig. He attended Kansas State University for one and a half years.

In August 1952, he married Dora Marie in Osborne. After the tragic death of Dora from injuries sustained in an auto accident, he continued to farm and ranch while raising his seven children. He returned to school at Fort Hays State University earning a bachelor of arts degree in Geology in 1987. After retiring from farming, he worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Hay as a rural mail carrier for 24 years, retiring in Oct. 31, 2012. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. During his time spent in the Navy Air Corps, he developed a love for flying, performing many of the duties of Air Traffic Controller. In 1950, after his honorable discharge, he returned to the family farm near Natoma.

He served several years on the School Board in Natoma. He was active in 4-H, The Kansas Livestock Association, Farm Bureau, and the Ellis County Fair Board. In 1989, he received the Ellis County Bankers Conservation Award. He was a fourth generation Master Mason and member of the Natoma lodge and Russell lodge 177. He was a 32nd degree Mason, member of the Scottish Rite as well as being a member of the Shrine.  

He enjoyed attending KSU football games as a season ticket holder. He encouraged family gatherings at several bowl games where K-State played.

Survivors include three sons, Philip Craig and wife, Sherri, Rockledge, Fla., Douglas Craig and wife, Debra, Round Rock, Texas and Ward Craig and wife, Crystal, Russell; two daughters, Cynthia Steeples and husband, John, Palco and Barbara Coffey and husband, Todd, Baldwin City; a sister, Eva Herod and husband, Jerry, La Follette, Tenn.; 13 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his wife in 1971; a son, Daniel Craig in 1991; a daughter, Cecilia Craig-Klemm in 2004; his father, Ernest in 1976; and his mother, Roberta in 1994.

Services will be at 10 a.m. June 7 at the Historical Presbyterian Church, Natoma.

Memorials are suggested to Historical Presbyterian Church of Natoma in care of Foster Mortuary, 610 24th St., Box 533, Wilson, KS 67490.

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