In Loving Memory …

David I. Craig

David I. Craig age 84 of Sedalia died peacefully surrounded by love on Monday, March 4, 2019, at Missouri Veterans Home in Warrensburg MO. He was born on October 26, 1934 in Sedalia, MO son of Willard F and Elsie Irene (Logan) Craig. He was married on March 29, 1959, Easter Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church then at Tenth & Osage in Sedalia MO to Mary Shirley Kreisler for over 57 incredible years as she preceded him in death on February 14, 2017.  He worked tirelessly as her caregiver for numerous years during her long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease till her passing.

David graduated Smith-Cotton High School in 1952, an associate degree from SFCC Sedalia in 1978, and a bachelor’s degree from CMSU Warrensburg in 1982.  He entered the US Air Force in 1953 where in served our country proudly 22 years 6 months 4 days (he reminded us) touring the world – England, Guam & USA: Alaska, Hawaii, Louisiana, Arkansas, South Dakota, Texas & Missouri; and other locations.  He worked for the WAFB Commissary for 15 years; as well as Real Estate Agent, DECA HS Teacher, Sedalia Democrat Circulation Dept and Insurance agent for the next 25 plus years before retirement. He attended Open Bible Church and Trinity Lutheran Church both in Sedalia.  David enjoyed traveling with his wife Mary, bowling, cards & games, and his memberships with local chapters of NARFE, American Legion and 40&8. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.  He will be greatly missed by his family and friends; especially his rendition of songs he would sing daily to his loving wife Mary, and his kindness shown to all by calling them by name and asking questions about their kin-folks.  He cared about the human side of folks, loved God and Country, and most of all his family.

He is survived by one daughter; Deanna Craig of Maui, Hawaii, three sons; Terry E. Craig of Dallas, TX, Douglas I. Craig (Annette) of Sedalia, MO, Donald W. Craig (Regina) of Otterville, MO two sisters; Wilma Walker of Sedalia, MO, Carolyn Birk of West Palm Beach, FL, two brothers; Leonard Craig of Sedalia, MO and Gary Craig (Lucy) of Sedalia, MO, Several Nieces and nephews and six grandchildren; Michael Davis, Lindsey (Davis) Starr, Nicholas Craig, Macheznie Craig, Justin Craig and Amanda (Craig) Moreno; along with three great granddaughters; Madeline Marie Moreno, Annabelle Grace Starr, and Isabelle Christine Moreno.

David was preceded by his parents and brother; Willard Craig Jr all of Sedalia MO.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 8, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Heckart Funeral Home in Sedalia, with Chaplain Bill Douglas officiating.  The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at the funeral home.

Burial will be at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville, MO.

Memorials may be given to the Missouri Veterans Association or the Alzheimer’s Association.  You may leave condolences online with Heckart Funeral Home.


  1. Linda Griffith Noble

    Donnie, I’m sorry for your families loss.
    I remember your Dad from when I was just a kid and had a paper route.
    May your memories bring you comfort.

  2. To all of the family I would like to say that David was a very patient and understanding man who I loved and respected before Deanna and I were married during and after. It makes me sad that he endured so much in these last few years but I know he is with his beloved Mary and is in a better place. I will not forget him . Ronnie ❤️🙏

  3. Sherri Egbert

    RIP Mr. Craig ~ I witnessed your kindness many times over as a nurse in the ER ~ your love and caring for Mary was certainly true ~ in sickness and in health ~ I am blessed to know many other members of your family & although they are sad that you’re gone ahead, I bet they’re rejoicing that you can be with the Love of your Life again ~ You were a true, genuine guy . Thoughts and prayers for your entire family and all your friends.

    Sherri Egbert, RN

  4. Rest In Paradise

  5. Sorry to see David go, I know he will be happy to be with his love Mary, they were great people, enjoyed having them for friends. Best wishes to all his family, Bob McCracken

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