Craig Curry
1951 - 2020
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Craig Curry
PEORIA - Craig LaRue Curry, 69, was born on November 20th, 1951 in Chicago, IL to Eloise and LaRue Curry along with two siblings, Paulette and Michelle Curry. He attended high school at De La Salle Institute in Chicago, IL. He then attended Bradley University in Peoria, IL majoring in Electrical Engineering. After graduation, he worked as an engineer for Caterpillar for 42 years. Craig was an avid hockey player: he played as a college student, was a youth hockey coach, and worked for many years as a goal judge for the Peoria Rivermen. He also enjoyed football (playing for the last official Bradley University team) and softball. He married the love of his life, Linda Curry, and had five children. One preceded him in death, Brittany Curry. His remaining children are Sherri Holtz (John) in Orland Park, IL; Rhasaan Smith (Kim) in Dallas/Fort Worth, TX; Tiffany Curry in Little Rock, AK; Dr. Craig Curry II in Phoenix, AZ. He has been blessed with 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. A memorial service will take place at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted to Simons Mortuary.

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Published in Peoria Journal Star from Dec. 11 to Dec. 13, 2020.
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December 25, 2020
I enjoyed working with Craig for a few years at Caterpillar. May God grant him the only goal that matters, Heaven.

My condolences.
Dave Volk
December 21, 2020
I worked with Craig on various occasions in Cat Electronics. He had an infectious smile and laugh, and was a pleasure to work with. He was always professional. We will be sorely missed!
Tom Stevenson
December 19, 2020
I met Craig at Caterpillar Tractor Company in Peoria in 1975. We shared the same passion in playing baseball and softball for local teams. He was a fierce competitor, dedicated, and a man of his word. He was also my close friend. May the Lord richly bless his family and give them peace and comfort.
Carl Ballard
December 16, 2020
Pat and I are so sorry to hear of Craig's passing. Linda, you and the family are in our prayers.
Cindy Mead
December 14, 2020
Doug and I are very saddened to hear of Craig’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
Cheryl and Doug Evans
December 13, 2020
Craig was really a great guy, all that knew him would agree. He was always capable of injecting humor in conversations at the right time. Very sorry to hear of his passing, he will be missed.
Greg Williamson
December 13, 2020
I worked with Craig for many years at Cat. Craig's great technical skills, humility, and willingness to mentor others has multiplied his impact at Caterpillar to so many people and so many products. He truly leaves a legacy in Cat Electronics and will be greatly missed.
Shawn Weck
December 13, 2020
Linda and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. After working with and around Craig for 30 years, it's easy to say that he was not only a great engineer and hard worker but a good man with great character and a good heart. He was a really good guy and I valued his friendship. Stopping by his desk to chat always left you feeling good, even if you weren't sure what the "Klaatu barada nikto" sign on his desk meant. Who wasn't affected by that smile and laugh? Craig loved doing things right, whether it was his work or taking care of the things he had earned, like his cars. You could always tell that he was very proud of his family. May God bless you and give you His peace and comfort.
Heinz Schlack
December 12, 2020
Wow Craig’s great attitude and welcoming personality are going to be misssec
Mark Hilbert
December 12, 2020
I worked with Craig for many years at Caterpillar. I always loved bumping into him in the hallway where we’d often talk about hockey. He almost always had a smile on his face and was such a pleasant person to talk to. My condolences to his family and I’ll be praying for peace and comfort for all that were close to Craig. God Bless.
Rick Crebo
December 12, 2020
A shot, and you you’ve reached your goal. God bless
Bob anton
December 12, 2020
Always can remember that smile no matter what was going on in the world. He was a wonderful volunteer for the Rivermen and one of the nicest person's I have ever met. My condolences to his family.
Michael Edward Saurs
December 11, 2020
I worked many years with Craig. He always had a smile and a dry sense of humor. He would never admit he was bringing treats to celebrate it his birthday or a promotion. He always said it was “good guy day”. Craig was the epitome of “good guy”. He will be missed
Julie Gannon
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