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Eldon "Bill" William Craig

August 2, 1937 - July 25, 2021
From: Spencer, IA
Eldon "Bill" William Craig

Eldon "Bill" William Craig

Born: August 2, 1937
Died: July 25, 2021
Age: 83

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Eldon “Bill” William Craig, the son of Eldon W. and Kathryn Lucille (Freeburg) Craig, was born August 2, 1937 in Spencer, where he lived and attended school.  In November 1954, Bill enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and spent the next 21 years of his life serving his country, including a one-year tour of duty at Phu Cat Air Force Base in Vietnam from 1968 – 1969.

On November 23, 1957, Airman 1st Class Bill Craig married Marilyn Flack, daughter of John and Dorothy Flack, at the Methodist Church in Dickens, Iowa. Their first home as a married couple was on Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, NE., where their first two daughters, Kathi and Terri, were born. Over the course of the next several years, the Air Force transferred Bill and Marilyn to many new locations including Virginia, Iceland, Turkey, Illinois, Arkansas, San Antonio (where daughter Patti was born), and their final move, which was back home to Spencer, Iowa in 1972. Although they were happy to settle back home in Spencer, Bill and Marilyn really enjoyed moving around, experiencing new places and meeting new people, many of whom they kept in contact with for the rest of their lives.


In Spencer, Bill served as a recruiter until he retired in October 1975.  He attended Iowa Lakes Community College, where he received an Associates degree, went on to sell real estate, worked many years at Spencer Auto Parts, ultimately founding Bill’s Radiator Repair which he operated until 2000. He loved buying used cars, fixing them up, driving them around, and then selling them to fund his next hobby project, which he would often do with his good friends.  One of his fondest memories is the Route 66 Party his girls threw for him at Lake Okoboji where they played a game asking everyone to ‘name a car Bill has owned in his lifetime.’ Friends and family recalled as many as 120 cars he had owned by then! His girls said that for years after that game, Bill would recall one that everyone had forgotten.


Bill lost Marilyn, the love of his life, just over a year ago. She passed away on July 6, 2020 and he never got over this.  He died at his home in Spencer on Sunday, July 25, 2021 at the age of 83. The coroner attributed it to a heart attack, but his girls know that he died of a broken heart. He is now in Heaven, happy once more, reunited with his ‘Queenie’, Mic.  

He was preceded in death by his parents Eldon and Kathryn, his beloved wife, Marilyn; two brothers: Harold Dean, (age 5) and Gary Craig, in infancy. 


If you ever met Bill, you couldn’t help but love him. He was generous, funny, kind and intelligent, and he will be sorely missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.  Left to cherish his memory are his three daughters: Kathryn “Kathi” (Michael) Wetter of Orange City, IA, Terri (Rick) Scheil of El Segundo, CA and Patti Stallcup of Spencer, IA; eight grandchildren including: Jamie Ahrens (special friend Kris McDonald), Aubrey Ahrens (special friend Austin Cope), Samantha (Tony) Fastert, Chance Wetter, Jason (Juliana) Scheil, Adam (Sarah) Scheil, Elizabeth Stallcup, and Rebecca Stallcup; 8 great-grandchildren; two sisters: Betty Goodwin of Des Moines, IA and Patti Barrick of Spencer, IA; brother-in-law Duane Flack, sister-in-law Darlene Flack; several nieces and nephews, and many other loving relatives and friends. 

Private Graveside Services will be held
Dickens Cemetery
Dickens, Iowa


Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 7:30 AM
“RIP Sgt. You recruited me and gave it to me straight and of the time spent in our beloved Air Force you were one of the finest I ever met. To the Craig family, Sorry for your lose, the nation lost a Patriot.”
- Rodney Winter
Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at 4:35 PM
“I attended Iowa Lakes Community College with Bill and loved his sense of humor. Like Bill I was in the Air Force so we shared a few stories (lies) about our time in the service. I am sorry for your loss.”
- Dan Breyfogle
Friday, August 6, 2021 at 8:09 AM
“So very I always thought your folks were pretty awesome ”
- Deborah S. Marlow
Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at 11:22 PM
“So very sorry to hear of your Dad's death. Our thoughts and prayers are with you..”
- Nita Hargrave Richards
Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at 11:22 PM
“Sorry to hear the news of his passing. You are all in our prayers, be in God's love and care.”
- Daniel & Susan Hyde
Saturday, July 31, 2021 at 7:46 AM
“Terri and Rick, we are praying for you during your time of loss. Know that we are all thinking of you and your family.”
- Gloria and Ralph Sanders
Friday, July 30, 2021 at 8:58 AM
“I knew Bill since 1973, He was always Happy, always had a good thing to say about people, Friendly to everyone, Loved his Wife and Daughters so much, Family was everything to Bill, He was a all around GREAT Guy!! I will miss Bill!! Thoughts & Prayers to His Daughters and the Craig Family!!”
- Archie Dunham
Friday, July 30, 2021 at 8:58 AM
“I’m so sorry for your loss. Prayers for all of you. What a sweet man. He’s happy now with your mom. ”
- Deborah Helmke
Friday, July 30, 2021 at 8:58 AM
“So sorry to hear of Bills passing but find comfort in the fact he wii once again will be with his beloved wife Marilyn! I’m send my condolences to his family as I know he will be greatly missed, may God Bless you all”
- Jo Runkle
Friday, July 30, 2021 at 8:58 AM
“Terri we are so sad at the sudden loss of your dad. Sending hugs and prayers to you and your family! We love you! Mike and Linda”
- Linda Troxel
Friday, July 30, 2021 at 8:57 AM
“Sympathies to you, Terri and Rick, however his goodness lives on in your family. ”
- Maria Tirado
Thursday, July 29, 2021 at 9:53 AM
“I’m so sorry to hear about Bill he was a very special guy to know him was to love him sending hugs to his family”
- Ina chapman
Thursday, July 29, 2021 at 9:45 AM
“Terri and Family,
So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. From what you have said he was pretty lonely for your mom, comforting to know they are together again. Understand that doesn’t help your sadness however. I am thinking of you and saying some prayer for you and the family.
- Lynda Darnell Viedenkamp
Thursday, July 29, 2021 at 9:44 AM
“I am truly sorry for your loss and am sending love and hugs to each and every one of you ladies. I know that you have a million beautiful memories that will remain alive in your hearts to give you comfort. It is the getting there that sometimes seems to take forever. I love you and wish you the very best. ~ Your cousin Jojean”
- Jojean Freeburg-Dikeman
Thursday, July 29, 2021 at 9:44 AM
“To the Family, Sorry for your loss. I worked with Bill at the auto parts store. always a wealth of information. and actually a next door neighbor for a short time.
Prayers to all. Gary Nielsen and Kathi Brodersen.”
- Gary Nielsen
Thursday, July 29, 2021 at 9:44 AM
“We are so sorry for your loss. Although we never had the pleasure of meeting him, he sounded like a wonderful guy. May he rest in peace.”
- Bob and Valerie Damia
Thursday, July 29, 2021 at 9:44 AM
“Girls, your father and mother were very special to me as you well know. It warms my heart knowing that your parents are united again, endlessly smiling and at peace. My prayers to you, your families with the loving memories that have been shared and always with you.”
- Jackie Paulsen
Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at 8:00 AM
“Kathi- On behalf of IACCVSO, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this time of grief. May you find peace and joy in memories that your father left behind.”
- Michael Mortensen
Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at 7:40 AM
“So sorry for your loss. My Dad and Bill were very close. I remember their coffee visits when I was growing up. Cherish the memories you have created and it will see u through. As my Dad passed many years ago I can hear him saying now, “Well Bill, it’s about damn time!” May they enjoy their coffee together again! ”
- Dawn Hrabak (Kunert)
Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at 7:40 AM
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