Craig Miner was born on March 26, 1948, in Iowa City, Iowa.
He was raised by Albert and Bessie (Lockerby) Hollins. The family moved to Council Bluffs, Iowa when Craig was age four. He graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School with the Class of 1966. After high school, Craig joined the United States Marine Corps. He served two tours in Vietnam, he served in Grenada and also in Desert Storm when they liberated Kuwait. During his later years of service, he ran the motor pool of his unit as a Gunnery Sgt. He retired from active duty with an honorable discharge in 1992. Craig had his pilots license and he enjoyed flying whenever he had the opportunity. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and he spent a great deal of time restoring old cars. Most of all, he enjoyed being with his children: Michelle, Theresa and Geoffrey and with his grandchildren.
After his retirement, he moved to Shelby and began driving truck for a small trucking company based out of Des Moines. This is how he and his boss, Nancy Holloway, met. The couple began dating and Nancy moved to Shelby to be with Craig; the couple married on September 26, 2006 in Harlan. Together, they owned and operated the trucking company and he continued to drive truck. Craig died on Sunday, November 18, 2012, at Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska having attained the age of 64 years, 7 months and 23 days.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Gloria Miner.
He is survived by his wife Nancy Holloway of Shelby; his two daughters, Michelle and her husband John DiLena of Irvine, California and Theresa and her husband David Fierro of Madison, Wisconsin; one son Geoffrey Miner of La Puente, California; four grandchildren: Vaughn, Areya, Geoffrey and Joey all of California; two sisters: Nita Root of California and Beverly Alley of Council Bluffs, Iowa; two step daughters and three step grandchildren.
Step-grandson Nick Michael followed in Craig's footsteps and joined the USMC in 2007 and is a Sgt. at Camp Lejuene, North Carolina.
Craig is also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
Memorial Services will be held at a later date.
This obituary was originally published in The Daily Nonpareil.