Glen Craig 1932 - 2021 Glen Everett Craig passed away at his home in Arcola, Sask. surrounded by his loving family on Monday, February 1, 2021 at the age of 88, after a lengthy battle with prostate cancer. Glen was born in 1932, the eldest son of Everett and Catherine Craig in Arcola, Sask. and he grew up on the family farm two miles east of Willmar. He completed Grade 11 in Willmar after which he farmed with his father for a time. Looking for adventure he went to British Columbia to work in a logging camp but found this to be a cold, harsh lifestyle and he returned to the farm. On November 30, 1955, Glen married Patricia Klinck in Tisdale, Sask. and they took up residency north of the family farm. In 1956 they moved to the homestead when Glen's parents moved to Carnduff. Glen and Patsy milked cows for many years, selling cream and milk, raised livestock, and participated with the grain production until 2020. In addition to his work on the farm, he worked for Saskatchewan Crop Insurance for 14 years. Glen was an active community member, holding positions on the Willmar and Lampman school boards for over 20 years, supporting the Willmar Recreation Board and serving in various capacities on the Willmar and Arcola church boards. You could always find him carving meat at the church and fowl suppers. He was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, holding positions in the local lodge, District Deputy Grand Master of District 1, and Past Grand Conductor of Grand Lodge. He was a member of the Earth and Sky Society after moving to Arcola. Glen spent many enjoyable and challenging hours woodworking in his shop. He built signature benches for each grandchild and great grandchild and spent many hours reconstructing and repairing old pieces of furniture for family and friends. He was an avid reader and enjoyed books regarding Canada's involvement in the World Wars and history. He was always in for a card game after breakfast, lunch and dinner. Europe, Phoenix, Alaska, The Maritimes and B.C., Rocky Mountaineer train trip and a flight in a World War Bomber in the gunner pit were some of his memorable experiences. He was a meticulous bookkeeper, retaining documentation for historical purposes. Glen was especially proud of his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and in-laws, relishing in visits from them all. Glen's life was one that was well lived and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Glen is survived by his wife of 65 years, Patricia, and their loving family: daughter Glenda Craig (Garth Irvine), Okotoks, AB and Steven Craig-Irvine (Elana Dawson); daughter Karen (Karl) Lischka, Steelman, SK and Cory (Brenden, Cayden), Rachelle (Jeremy) Brooks, Hudson, Ryker; daughter Gayle (Murray) Wyatt, Kisbey, SK, Tyler Wyatt, Avery; Pam (Marlowe) Brown, Hadley; Lana (Kyle) Hoium, Sutter; daughter Donna (Sandy) Debusschere, Carlyle, SK, Derik (Nathalie), Ethan, Severi, Vienna; son Brian (Auldene) Craig, Arcola, SK, Alina (Luke Lowenberger), MacKenzie and Emilie; daughter Wanda (Marvin) Doerkson, Athabasca, AB, Dallas (Shay Weymouth), Dana Fisher (Zach), Haisley; son Wayne Craig, Eastend, SK, Justin (Denzel, Porter, Pierce), Catherine Currie (Kiel), Reagen, Addison, Jordyn. He is also survived by his brother Earl (Irene) Craig, Estevan, SK; sister-in-law Sandra (Wayne) Kochie, Winnipeg, MB; brother-in-law Larry (Melba) Klinck, Tisdale, SK, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents: Everett and Catherine Craig, in-laws: Ray and Audrey Klinck and grandsons: Kevin Debusschere and Aaron Craig. A private family Memorial Service was held on Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Andrew's United Church, Arcola, with Sandy Dalziel officiating. A public celebration of life and interment in the Arcola Cemetery will take place at a later time, when it is once again safe for family and friends to gather. For those so wishing, tributes in Glen's memory may be made by way of a donation to the Arcola Public Library, Box 389, Arcola, SK, S0C 0G0, or by donating blood and saving a life. Hall Funeral Services in Estevan provided care to the Craig family - Dustin Hall, Funeral Director.
Published in Estevan Mercury from Feb. 10 to Mar. 12, 2021.