A funeral service celebrating the life of Charles E. Craycraft, 88, of Thornville, was held September 5, 2019,. at The Heath Chapel of Henderson-Van Atta-Stickle Funeral & Cremation Service, with Pastor Glen West officiating. Burial followed in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Columbus.
Charles was born in Holden, West Virginia, on May 21, 1931, to the late Paul and Ettabea (Pene) Craycraft.
He passed away on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, at Chestnut House in Newark, with his family at his side.
Charles was a good family man who was private, kind and caring. He enjoyed working in his vegetable and flower garden and was an avid guitar player. Attending bluegrass festivals and camping were a few of his favorite hobbies.
Charles proudly represented his country by serving in the United States Navy, during the Korean Conflict on the USS New Kent.
He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Helen M. (Tate) Craycraft, whom he married on April 9, 1953; two sons, Bill J. (Rayna) Craycraft and Kenneth E. Craycraft; a stepdaughter, Barbara (Rick) Curry; a sister, Geraldine Cooper; five grandchildren, Todd, Chris, Tim, Nick and Kim; and two great grandchildren, Koa and Cedar.
In addition to his parents; he was preceded in death by a son, Charles E. “Eddie” Craycraft, Jr.; a brother, Paul D. Craycraft; and a sister, Shirley Wellman.
Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Charles to Generation Hospice, 26 Westmoor Avenue, Newark, Ohio 43055.
The Heath Chapel of Henderson-Van Atta-Stickle Funeral & Cremation Cremation Service is assisting the Craycraft family with arrangements.