Dave W. Craig, 1912-2006

Dave W. Craig died Jan. 13, 2006, in Grand Junction of complications from pneumonia. He was 93.

Craig was a 30-year resident of Grand Junction.

He was born on Oct. 21, 1912, in St. Paul, Ark., to Leonard and Elizabeth Thomas Craig.

He spent his childhood in Trail, Okla. and graduated from high school in Leedey, Okla.

After his mother died, his father married Pearl Hughes.

Craig married Frances Bohrer on March 9, 1939, in Vernal, Utah. They previously lived in Uravan; Riverton, Wyo.; and Maybell. He worked as a farmer and mill worker.

Craig served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1945 as a medic with the 151st Infantry Division in the South Pacific. He received the Bronze Star, Bronze Arrow, Victory Medal and various ribbons for his service.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4663. He especially enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and the Denver Broncos.

Craig family members said they recall many funny stories about him.

One story was when his wife, Frances, was trying to control their brood of seven children. She would become frustrated and yell to Craig, "Speak to your kids!" And he would lower his newspaper and calmly say, "Hello, kids."

When magnate Malcolm Forbes died, the humble and long-lived Craig remarked to his son, "I win."

Craig is survived by his wife, Frances Bohrer of Grand Junction; sons, Lewis Craig (Roberta) of Whitewater, John Craig (Sharon) of Clifton, and Jeffrey Craig (Heidi) of Centennial; and daughters, Sandra Lampshire of Grand Junction, Shirley Bauer (Fred), of Morrison, and Susan Cypher (David) of Grand Junction.

Craig also is survived by his brother, James Craig of Leedey, Okla.; and sisters, Alycc Baker of Hemet, Calif., and Billie Ruth Jones of Leedey.

Twenty-two grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild also survive him.

His son, Glenn Theron (Ted) Craig; six brothers; and one sister precede Craig in death.

A memorial service was held in Grand Junction on Jan. 16, 2006, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars hall. A funeral and burial were held in Craig on Jan. 18, 2006. Everette Bohrer officiated. Susan Cypher was the accompanist. Jeff Craig and Heidi Craig performed "Danny Boy." "This Old House" was performed by Jeff Craig and Susan Cypher.

Musical selections were "Amazing Grace" and "When the Roll is Called Up Yonder."

The pallbearers were Lonnie Lampshire, Stephen Craig, Leslie Craig, Randy Lampshire, Justin Craig, Craig Bauer and Paul Bauer.

Honorary pallbearers were Bill Craig, T.J. Garner, David Craig and Sean Cypher.

Interment was at Craig Cemetery. Officers of the VFW Post No. 4265 gave military honors.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado or the American Lung Association.

Grant Funeral Home in Craig made arrangements.

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