Craig Whaley

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Craig Daniel Whaley was born on August 29, 1959 and passed away at Odyssey House Hospice on November 9, 2013 after a short, courageous struggle.

Craig was a hard-working family man whose devotion to his wife and son was the driving force in his life. In 1980, at 20 years of age he married the first and only love of his life, Nancy Naugle Whaley. November 15, 2013 will mark the 33rd anniversary of one of the most important days in his life. The birth of his son, Craig Daniel Whaley Jr., was the other one. For the next 32 years, "Big Craig" spent his life teaching his son, "Little Craig" the values of hard work, the importance of family and how to be the best man he could be. His greatest legacy is in knowing that his love and dedication has paid off. During this sorrowful time, Little Craig has proven to be the loving, dependable and responsible son that he was taught to be. With the passing of his father, Craig Jr. can take pride in knowing that he is his father's son.

At a young age, Big Craig learned the value of hard work from his father and joined him in the elevator trade. For the next 31 years, he alternated his time between work and family. When not working, he spent most of his time attending his son's sporting events and swim meets. In his spare time, he enjoyed power lifting and working out. Craig loved the outdoors and Nancy often found him collecting rocks, taking care of his animals and feeding the birds. He awoke before sunrise because he hated to "burn daylight" and there was so much to see and do.

These last 5 years, his greatest delight was spending time with his grandchildren. "Pop Pop" enjoyed spending hours digging in the yard finding treasures with his granddaughter Payton. He would do anything for her including running around the cul-de-sac flapping his wings making hawk noises just to hear her laugh. He loved having both his grandchildren visit but spent most of his time trying to keep up with his 2 year old grandson Maverick as he ran around exploring the yard.

The last couple of years were tough on Craig and his family as his health began to deteriorate. A special thank you goes out to his sister Cindy and her family for time and energy they spent getting him the help he needed. Her family extended their home and love to Craig. Their help is recognized and appreciated and meant a lot to Craig and his family. Thank you also to the staff at Conroe Regional Hospital CCU and ICU and to Odyssey House Hospice for the care and compassion during his final days.

Craig leaves behind to honor his memory his wife Nancy Naugle Whaley; son Craig Daniel Whaley, Jr. & wife Tiffany; granddaughter Payton Renee Whaley; and grandson Maverick Daniel Whaley. He is also survived by his mother Millie Whaley, brother Kenneth Whaley & wife Kim; Cindy Olivieri & husband Anthony; brother Tom Whaley & wife Kim; and numerous nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Craig was a generous spirit who loved helping others but did not want to be the center of attention in life or in death. To honor his wishes, his body will be cremated and his wife and son will spread his ashes in the mountains of Glen Haven, Colorado among the rocks and wildlife he loved so much. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, November 23, 2013 from 1pm to 3pm in the chapel of First Methodist Church in Conroe.


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Published on yourconroenews.com from Nov. 13 to Nov. 26, 2013