In Loving Memory…

Leonard Craig

Leonard Leon Craig, 87, of Sedalia, passed away Sunday, October 13, 2019 at EW Thompson Health and Rehabilitation Center.

He was born July 17, 1932 in Pettis County, a son of Willard Sr. and Irene (Logan) Craig.

Leonard served in the United States Army in occupied North Korea. He held a B.S. degree in Accounting from Central Missouri State College, where he was a two-miler on the track team. He worked as an accountant for TWA and later as an inventory clerk for NASA at the Kennedy Space Center in Merritt Island, FL.

He lived most of his life in Sedalia, but had also lived in Kansas City, Palm Bay, FL, and spent winters with his son, Ron, in Texas. When he was younger, he enjoyed bike riding, hiking and fishing. He loved to play cards, checkers and dominoes with family and friends.

Leonard was a member of First United Methodist Church, where he volunteered in many roles. He was kindhearted to everyone he met, always befriending those less fortunate than himself. He gave to many charities, but also did things as simple as stopping to pick up a piece of litter on the street.

Surviving are three children, Ronnie Craig and wife Dolores of Southlake, TX, Rhonda Gates and Rodney of Gardner, KS, Randy Craig of Tonganoxie, KS; eight grandchildren, Kasey, Ryan, Rylee, Raschell, Russ, Rebekah, Randy Jr., Brandon; two great-grandchildren, Emma and Baylee; first wife, Augusta Mae Guth; two sisters, Wilma Walker of Sedalia, and Carolyn Birk of West Palm Beach, FL; one brother, Gary Craig and wife Lucy of Sedalia, MO; and several beloved nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Coral Lee Craig; his parents; and two brothers, Willard Craig, Jr. and David Craig.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 20, 2019 at First United Methodist Church Celebration Center, with Rev. Jim Downing officiating.

Inurnment will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, October 21, 2019 at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX, American Heart Association, or American Diabetes Association.

Arrangements are in the care of Heckart Funeral Home.

Comments

  1. Carolyn Birk Gary Craig Wilma walker and family so sorry about Leonard guess God wanted him so sorry thinking about you all. God bless you all .
    Ethel Esser.

  2. good prayer family from he good men .

  3. Such a good neighbor and friend growing up. Always went fishing with him. He let me steer his car as well when I was younger and taught me a lot to get me ready for adulthood. We made a lot of great memories and it’s sad to see him pass. I’ll do you proud while serving the rest of my time in the army. Rest In Peace Ole’ pal.

  4. I will always cherish Leonard’s warm smile and enthusiastic greeting any time I saw him. Thanks, Leonard!

  5. Our prayers go out to the Craig family. He’s surely in a better place.
    Dorothy Logan and Dennis Bryant

  6. Leonard Craig was a fixture of Saturday nights. He’d begin in the gym. After church, he’d be in the card party.
    Leonard always made sure that people could get where they needed to be. When he couldn’t take them, he’d find the right person for the ride.
    When I was almost scared to go to the gym in the wee hours of morning. Leonard would be there for my safety; either cleaning or praying. He was very good at both.

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