George Phipps CRAIG

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CRAIG, George Phipps George P. Craig, Lt. Col. (Ret.), passed away peace- fully September 3, 2013 at 88 years of age. George was born January 31, 1925 in Spokane County and was the son of George A. and Ora M. (Phipps) Craig. He is survived by wife Nicole Craig of Spokane, daughter: Norma Jean Craig of Kent, son George and his wife Judy Craig of Spokane, daughters Sussanne Crowe, Marie Pierre Butzman and Carolyn Hill all of Cloverdale, OR., brother Everett Craig of Deer Lake, and a half sister Beulah Munday as well as eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. George was preceded in death by his youngest son, Timothy Owen Craig, his sister Harriet McCracken, his brother Kenny Craig, and son-in-law John Crowe as well as a half brother and a half sister. George, a Gonzaga University graduate in 1953, first entered the Army as a private in 1943, was commissioned as a reserve officer in 1952 and went on to serve over 20 years in the Army before retiring as a Lt. Colonel. In 1972 to 1974, George served as the Facilities Planner/Manager for EXPO 74 World's Fair in Spokane and continued for the next 10 years with municipal and educational institutions in Washington and Alaska. In 1984, he began working for the Air Force as a civilian, serving in Alaska, Egypt and Ohio before returning to retire in Spokane in 1993. George was an avid golfer on his worldwide travels, but loved to tend his beautiful yard and gardens once he retired George's ashes will be interred at the Military Cemetery in Medical Lake and at his request, there will be no services. Memorial contributions may be given to Catholic Charities.

Published in Spokesman-Review on Sept. 8, 2013
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