Jerry Craft

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WAPAKONETA — Jerry L. Craft, 75, of Wapakoneta, died 7:00 a.m., Tues. July 1, 2014, at his residence. He was born March 10, 1939, in Lima, OH, the son of Emil & Eleanor (Phalen) Craft, who preceded him in death.

Survivors include, 6 children, Michael A. (Melanie) Craft, Chester, VA, Deborah Lynn (Wayne) Garner, Chester, VA, Laura A. Craft, Richmond, VA, Angela M. Moon, Hudson, FL, Sherri L. (Rod) Swisshelm, Westchester, OH, Kelly C. (Frank) Valentine, Wapakoneta, 13 grandchildren & 3 great grandchildren, a sister, Christine (Ron) Wattercutter, Wapakoneta.

Jerry retired in 2004, after 40 years service with the Wapakoneta Machine Co. A graduate of St. Joseph High School, he was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Jerry was an avid outdoorsman, expert handyman, and constant experimenter. He played the guitar, loved country music, gardening, bowling, boating, and most importantly family.

Memorial services will be 4:00 p.m., Sat. July 5, 2014, at the Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, St. Rt. 501, Wapakoneta, Pastor Scott Miller officiating. The family will receive friends from 1-4 p.m., Sat. at the funeral home. Military rites will be provided by the Wapakoneta V.F.W. Post #8445 following the services at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be directed to the . Condolences may be expressed at

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1102 Lincoln Ave.
Wapakoneta, OH 45895
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Published in The Lima News from July 2 to July 3, 2014
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