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Odos Charles Craig, 92, died Sept. 16, 2011, at 2:46 p.m. at Lima Memorial Hospital.
He was born Sept. 4 1919, in Logan Township, Auglaize County, the son of Freida Marie (Walther) and Chauncey C. Craig. On July 3, 1940, he married Rosemary Frost, who survives in Lima. They recently celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary.
Survivors include two daughters, Carol L. (John) Thomas, and Connie L. (Robert) Houser; five grandchildren, Aaron (Laura) Houser, Samantha (Jason) Casey, Lucas (Tara) Houser, William Bodeen and Joshua (Kari) Houser; 12 great-grandchildren, Keith, Tyler, Grant, and Daron Houser, Monica and Mackenzie Cox, Becka, Brandi, and Steven Casey, Abigail and Nathan Houser and Tavian Bodeen.
He was co-owner of the Hume Elevator and Gomer Farm Store for many years and also served as president and director for Hume Supply Inc., a commercial construction company. He was a member of Bethlehem Christian Union Church where he served as leading elder, trustee, Sunday School teacher, chair of the Church Building Committee and director of Music for 45 years. He also served many years on the Christian Union General Mission Board and various other state boards.
He was a member and former president of the Fort Shawnee Lions Club. In 2002, Mr. Craig received the Melvin Jones Award from Lions Foundation for Humanitarian Service. He was a member of the Lima Beane Chorus, BPOE Chapter 54, Lima Power Squadron, Aircraft Owners Pilot Association, Buckland Menâ€™s Fellowship, and served as president and member of the Buckland Telephone Company Board of Directors.
He was a graduate of Shawnee High School in 1938 and received the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2001. He attended Miami University, Bliss Business College, and Aviation School. During World War II, he served as a primary flight instructor in Decatur, Ala. He also served as a private flying instructor and was a pilot for TWA airlines. He was a charter member of the Hume Volunteer Fire Department. He was a building contractor in the Lima Area for 42 years. He counted it a privilege to help design and promote the Lima Senior Citizens Center of which he was also a member. During the winter season, he participated in the Harmoneers Chorus and attended North Lakeland Presbyterian Church in Lakeland, Florida.
He will be remembered as a man of many talents. He had skills in music, photography, farming, boating, gardening, flying, fish farming, whistling, mechanics, electricity, carpentry, and many other areas. His family saw him as a wise and humble man who was ready to help in any endeavor. He was a good and faithful servant to his church, his community, and his family.
Services are at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Bethlehem Christian Union Church in Wapakoneta, with the Revs. Brad Colley and Ed Shady officiating. Burial with full military rites from VFW Post 8445 will be in the Fort Amanda Cemetery.
Friends may call from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the church.
Condolences may be shared at bayliffandson.com.
Arrangements are being handled by Bayliff & Son Funeral Home in Cridersville.
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