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Updated: 02/13/2014 03:42:32PM

John R. Craig

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John R. Craig, 85, of Port Charlotte (near Deep Creek), Fla., passed away Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.

He was born May 8, 1928, in Beaver Falls, Pa., the son of Beatrice Rider and James Craig.

John’s college education was interrupted during the Korean War. While in the U.S. Army, he served as a Cryptographer. Upon returning from Germany, where John was stationed, he continued his education at night school, graduating from Geneva College in Beaver Falls. While finishing college, he taught school (under an emergency certificate) in a one-room country schoolhouse, with a pot-bellied stove, outhouses and grades one through six.

After his graduation John moved to Painesville, Ohio, where he eventually became the principal of an elementary school. Deciding to change fields of work, he went to work for Eagle-Picher Industries as a salesman in the minerals division. He was then promoted to vice president of sales for that division, and covered the United States and Canada. In 1990, John retired and moved to Florida. He and his wife of 62 years, Martha, became very active in Pilgrim Church of Christ.

John is survived by his wife; son, Jon of Cincinnati, Ohio; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and sister, Sandra of Las Vegas, Nev. He was preceded in death by his son, Robert.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Pilgrim Church, 24515 Rampart Blvd., Port Charlotte, FL 33980; or Tidewell Hospice Inc., 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238.

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