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Paul Craig

July 5, 1928 ~ December 16, 2017

Service: December 29, 2017 2:30 PM
   Location: Fort Benton Community Bible Church
Graveside Service: December 29, 2017 1:30 PM
   Location: Fort Benton Riverside Cemetery

Paul Richard Craig, 89, went home to his Lord and Savior Saturday morning, December 16, 2017. He was born the third son of five to Ralph E. Craig and Ruby Odessa (Allen) Craig on July 5, 1928, after the doctors bade his mother to wait a bit so all of them could watch the 4th of July fireworks from the hospital roof. He spent his early life helping his father on their Carter homestead graduating from Fort Benton High in 1948. He attended one semester at MSU where he met his future wife. He was drafted into the Army to fight in the Korean war in 1951. He married Doris Evelyn Van Driest on August 11, 1951, at Fort Benning; they were married for 49 years. He completed his military service as a military policeman at Camp Cavite in the Philippines where she joined him for a year. He received his honorable discharge on May 5, 1953, and served 5 years in the Army Reserve with the rank of Corporal.

After working as a carpenter in Billings, Paul purchased a neighboring farm in the Carter, Montana, area in 1954 and successfully farmed dry land wheat and barley for nearly 50 years. He was a skilled mechanic and machined many of the parts needed for some of the older farm equipment he kept running for years after their normal lifespan. He was a member of the Carter gun club and enjoyed fire arms throughout the years teaching many of his grandkids to shoot. He attended the Fort Benton Community Bible Church and was a deacon for many years and helped with the local Great Falls chapter of the Gideons in Bible distributions.

Most important to him was his family and faith. He placed his faith in Christ at the age of 22 and was a solid defender of the authority of Scriptures as important to all areas of life. He attended a Christian Serviceman’s Bible Study in the Philippines led by Jesse Miller, a survivor of the Battan Death March, who discipled him in his Christian walk. His greatest wish was for all his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to know Jesus as Lord and Savior. He fully anticipated enjoying eternity with his family in heaven where Jesus will take “all eternity, His mysteries to reveal”.

Special thanks go to Hamilton House, Margo and Don Hamilton and their family of Bozeman, MT, as Paul’s caregivers for nearly 4 years. Their kind and generous care made these last years enjoyable for Paul enabling him to participate in many activities, short trips and local events to the very end as a part of their care group and family.

Paul was preceded in death by his mother and father; three brothers, Robert Craig, Donald Craig and baby brother Edward Craig; his wife, Doris; and two infant granddaughters, Alaina Dibbern and Kathleen Dyk. He is survived by a brother, James (Helen) Craig of Bozeman; four children, Kay (Tim) Dyk of Nampa, ID; Stephen (Katheryn) Craig of Great Falls, MT; Esther (Perry) Fishbaugh of Bozeman, MT; and Gloria (Randy) Dibbern of Cairo, NE; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be Friday, December 29, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. at the Fort Benton Riverside Cemetery followed by a memorial service at 2:30 p.m. at the Fort Benton Community Bible Church, 1600 Main Street, Fort Benton, MT. A reception will follow the memorial service.

Memorials may be made in Paul’s name to the Gideons of Bozeman, P.O. Box 1384, Bozeman, MT 59771 or to the Fort Benton Community Bible Church, 1600 Main St., Fort Benton, MT 59442.

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