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Posted on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at 10:42 am

Herbert John Craig, age 80, of rural Curryville, passed away unexpectedly at 1:26 p.m. on Monday, July 27, 2015 at the Mercy Lincoln County Hospital in Troy, Missouri.
Visitation was held on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 from 5-8 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia.
A Service was held on Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, Vandalia.
Officiating was Pastor Ken Schamber.
Music was provided Eldora Lowery – organist.
Interment took place in the Jefferson Barracks Cemetery on Thursday, July 30 at 2:30 p.m. with full military honors.
Pallbearers were Anthony Craig, Brian Craig, Kevin Craig, Matthew Meyer, Ryan Blubaugh, and Nicholas Blubaugh.
Herbert John Craig was born on December 26, 1934 in St. Louis, the son of Walter John and Irma Forest (Arney) Craig.
He married Wanda Lou Capps on September 15, 1956 in University City; she preceded him in death on April 8, 2001. Herb grew up and attended schools in the Maryland Heights area of St. Louis. At the age of 17, he joined the U.S. Army to serve his country during the Korean War. After returning from the service, he worked as a sandhogger in the construction industry in the St. Louis area.
In 1962, Herb started working for LaClede Gas company in the service and installation department. He worked there for over 37 years, retiring in 1999. Herb was a faithful member of the St. John Lutheran Church and was active with the church’s Thrivent Financial for Lutherans program. He was also active helping with the Laddonia Food Pantry, an avid Cardinal baseball fan, working in his garden and orchard on the farm and watching the grandchildren in their various activities.
Survivors include two sons, Michael Scott Craig, of St. Peters; David Lee Craig, of Maryland Heights; three daughters, Juanita Lyn Meyer, of St. Louis; Karen Ruth Craig, of Raytown, Missouri; Lisa Joanne Williams, of St. Ann; five sisters, Carol Craig, of St. Ann; Jeannette Witherspoon, of Springfield, Missouri; Patricia Miller, of St. Peters; Lois Kennedy; Nora Outlaw, of Florissant; 14 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Wanda; one son, Mark John Craig; three brothers Walter Craig, William Craig, and Clark Craig.
Memorials are encouraged to the Laddonia Food Pantry or to the St. John Lutheran Church in Vandalia.