Obituary of Thomas Lee Craig
Thomas L. Craig, 64, passed to his heavenly reward on April 9, 2019, at Overland Park Regional Hospital in Overland Park, Kansas. He was born in Decatur, Indiana, on February 7, 1955, to Thomas Allen and Dixie Swan Craig. Tommy Lee graduated from Portland High School, Portland, Indiana, and later completed a program in auto mechanics and one in computer science. He enjoyed driving and spent much of his life driving for others. He especially loved muscle cars and Dodge pick-up trucks with diesel engines. Also, he had a knack for fixing anything. If something was broken, Tommy Lee could fix it and make it work.
Before his move to the Kansas City area, Tommy Lee Craig lived in Upland, Indiana, and worked for several years at Staples, Inc., in Marion, Indiana. He attended Marion First Church of the Nazarene, where he served for a time as a custodian for Kiddie Prep Day Care.
In his earlier years, Tommy Lee served in the U.S. Army and, afterwards, enjoyed traveling across the Southwest, especially to Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. In 1979, Tommy Lee Craig married Tonja Coblenz of Berne, Indiana. They raised three sons: Thomas Michael, Timothy Lee, and Trenten Allen. The family lived several years in Geneva, Indiana, where Tommy Lee worked on construction and served as a driver for the construction crew.
Tommy Lee Craig always had a strong sense of family. Wherever he lived, he always stayed in contact with his mother and father, his sons, and other members of the family. He was an excellent guitar player and had unusual music ability. In recent years in Olathe, Kansas, he was a school bus driver and enjoyed his work with school children. In Olathe, he attended the Westside Church of Nazarene, where his son, Thomas Michael, is the youth pastor.
Thomas Lee Craig is survived by two sons, Thomas Michael Craig (Janna) in Olathe and Timothy Lee Craig in Marion; his mother, Dixie Craig (Dan) in Upland; two brothers, Michael Craig in Portland and Jeffery Craig in Decatur; sister, Jennifer Craig in Osgood, Indiana; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
His father, Thomas Allen Craig, and his son, Trenten Allen Craig, preceded him in death.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at Marion First Church of the Nazarene, 700 W. Kem Rd., Marion, IN. Visitation will be from 9-10 a.m. before the service. Burial will take place at Willard Cemetery at Mt. Hope Church of the Nazarene, four miles east of Berne, Indiana. Early in his life, with his parents, Tommy Lee Craig attended this church, where his grandfather, Rev. Kenneth C. Swan, pastored for several years. After the burial, the funeral party will return to Marion First Church for a celebration of life meal.
Arrangements are entrusted to Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral Service, North Chapel, 1341 N. Baldwin Ave., Marion, IN.
If you would like to make a memorial contribution in honor of Thomas Lee Craig, please send your check to Westside Church of Nazarene, 1700 W. Santa Fe St., Olathe, KS 66061.
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