Craig Amundson

Ft. Belvoir, Virginia


Ft. Belvoir, Virginia


Craig Amundson always found computers easy to work with.

It was not only what would lead him to his job at the Pentagon doing computer graphics, but it was a way he found he could help people out.

That included his parents, who run a pharmacy in Hartville, Mo., a town of 700 people in the southwest part of the state.

Earlier this year, he designed a Web page for Star Pharmacy that provided health tips to people who logged on.

"Thanks to Craig Amundson, Webmeister extraordinary, for designing our Web site. A fantastic job. Many thanks for many hours of work," his parents, Orland and Karen, wrote on the site's guestbook after it opened in January.

It was a typical exchange in the close-knit family, said Mary McAfoos, Craig's aunt.

"They're very close. They all drove out there over two days last week" to be at Craig's home in Ft. Belvoir, Va., McAfoos said from her home in Kansas City, Mo. "It's a very tragic time. It has been ups and downs. We're pretty devastated."

Raised in a small town in Iowa, Amundson, 28, had moved his wife and two children to the Washington, D.C. area two years ago to take the job there. He had a bachelor's degree in film studies from the University of Iowa and worked as a multimedia illustrator for the Army's deputy chief of staff for personnel command.

"How do you describe a person?" McAfoos said. "He was optimistic. Had an easy laugh. And he adored his family."

He adored them so much that he turned down a recent promotion because it would have separated him from his family for a while.

"He was just a super nice kid," said Trina VanderBogart a pharmacy technician at his parent's store in Hartville.

A memorial service for Amundson will be held Saturday morning in the Unitarian Universalist Church in Arlington, Va. A graveside service will follow at Arlington National Cemetery.

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Hiya Craig,
Its so unfortunate how you died on 9/11. I shall keep you and your family in my thoughts, and remember this sad day in history. Rest in peace brother, and happy Independence Day.

Remembered forever. ❤❤

We continue to keep Craig in our thoughts and prayers as we remember all those lost 17 years ago today.

Thank you for coming to my first birthday party. Charlotte and Elliot are growing up wonderfully.

Thinking of Craig today, remembering all the good times, good memories and influence he still has on me today- which is passed on to my children as well. The great music, movies, art that we enjoyed- he is here in spirit. I'll never forget.


Always in our hearts.

It seems unbelievable that today is 15 years since the 9/11 attacks.

We especially have Craig, and his family and friends, in our hearts and thoughts today, as we take time to reflect on the events of that day, and honor the sacrifice of the victims of the attack. We also pray for the first responders, and all those who have been affected in the years since.

We will never forget.

Thinking of my good friend, Craig on 9/11/2015. After all these years, I still think of Craig regularly- of all the good memories, movies and music we enjoyed together. My condolences to Amber and his family, but his spirit very much still lives on.

Jay Baer

I have come to this site many times to read what people have written, but could never find the right words to say myself.
I think the world was a better place with you, than without.
As long as I have the memories of us growing up together you are not truly gone.