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A Celebration of Life for James R. "Jim" Craig, age 71 years, Kremlin, is 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, at Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Alan Gloor officiating.
Burial follows in Kremlin Cemetery. The family receives friends 6-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, 2017.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home.
Jim was born Oct. 13, 1945, in Oklahoma City, to Norman and Dixie (Norman) Craig, and passed away Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in Enid.
Jim attended Enid High School until his junior year, then transferred to Kremlin High School where he graduated in 1963.
At Kremlin High School, he met the love of his life, Mary Hole. They were married on the family farm on Sept. 8, 1963, and recently celebrated 54 years of marriage.
He began working for Rock Island Railroad in 1964, and retired in 2005, after 41 years of service.
Jim also was a home builder, and built many of the homes in 7-Pines and Quail Creek Additions while working for Munson Construction.
He was a crop insurance adjuster and worked for ProAg Insurance, and most recently for Crop Risk Services in 2013.
He was a member of the Elks Lodge, the Moose Lodge, the Sports Car Club of America, and was an avid golfer.
Jim dedicated his life to his family, and to Kremlin-Hillsdale Schools. He coached softball, football, basketball and baseball, never missing his children's or grandchildren's games.
Jim was a long time member of the K-H School Board and served as president from 1993 to 1997, and as deputy clerk from 1997 to 1998, as well as Kremlin president, and rural district president of summer softball and baseball leagues.
He maintained the Kremlin-Hillsdale rural water district for about 10 years and just recently retired from there.
His greatest joy was spending time with his family, and cheering on his K-H Broncs and his OSU Cowboys.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Norman and Dixie Craig; daughter, Annette Butler; brother, Jack Craig; and father-in-law William Hole.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mary Craig, of the home in Kremlin; three children, Donna Rainey and husband Lyndon, of Kremlin; Jimmy Craig and wife Virginia, of Kremlin; Kelly Moffett and husband Joe, of Enid; nine grandchildren, Josh Rainey and wife Leslie, of Enid; Matthew Rainey of Enid; Christopher Ring of Oklahoma City; Bailey Craig of Grand Cayman Island; Aaron Butler of Oklahoma City; Mary Mitchell of Enid; Briley Craig of Kremlin; Brandon Butler of Belfast, Maine; Mahayla Mitchell, of Enid; five great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, and many other family and friends.
Memorials in Jim's name may be made to Kremlin-Hillsdale Athletic Fund, with Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home serving as custodian of the funds.
Condolences may be made and services viewed online at www.LadusauEvans.com.
Published on September 13, 2017
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