ROBERT DALE CRAIG, 79, of Mattoon, IL passed away at 6:49 A.M. on Friday, February 6, 2015 at the Mattoon Health Care Center.
A memorial service will be held at Noon on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at the Edwards Funeral Home, 221 East Main, in Arcola, IL. Rev. Greg Sexton will officiate. A visitation will be held one hour before the memorial service on Saturday at the funeral home. Burial with military rites conducted by the Mattoon VFW Post 4325 will be in the Humboldt Cemetery
Robert was born on February 5, 1936 in Charleston, IL. He was a son of James Leroy and Mary Lucille (Johnson) Craig. He married Lola Fern Harris on March 31, 1957 in Mattoon, IL.
He is survived by his wife Lola Craig of Mattoon, IL, one Son Gerald Wayne Craig of Mattoon, IL; two daughters, Brenda Gail Jarrett and her husband John of Urbana, IL and Bobbie Dale Closson and her husband Jim of Mattoon, IL; eight grandchildren, Christina Trevino and her husband Juan of Mattoon, IL, Heather Walters of Arcola, IL, Jared Thornton of Mattoon, IL, Jeremy Daily of Mattoon, IL, Tyler Shaffer of Mattoon, IL, Dalton Shaffer of Carbondale, Meagan Craig of Royce City, TX and Brianna Impson and her husband Neal of Hope, AR; twelve great grandchildren, Liam, Katherine, Grace, Duke, Maeve, Chaslynn, Callie, Keira, Emma, Ryland, Hannah and Zoey; one brother, Richard Craig and his wife Ruby of Weissport, PA and several nieces and nephews.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, Mary Miller, Wanda Smith, and Josephine Perez and five brothers, Delmar Craig, Norris Craig, John William Craig, Charles Craig and Albert Craig.
Robert retired from the United States Air Force after serving for twenty-two years and he also retired from Arkwright /Oce’ in Charleston, IL with twenty years of service.
He was a member of the Mattoon VFW and the Mattoon American Legion.
He enjoyed reading, woodworking, yard work and spending time with family and friends especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren
Memorials may be made to his family.