Dwaine And Judith Crigger
1946 - 2016
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Dwaine and Judith Crigger

Dwaine and Judith (Adams) Crigger left this world together after 48 years of marriage on Monday, July 4th, 2016 due to an unknown carbon monoxide leak in their home. High school sweethearts, it was a very rare occurrence to see one without the other, and by the grace of God, that is exactly how they left their earthly lives.

Judith Adams was born on June 15, 1946 to Carl and Elda (Koch) Adams in Creston, Iowa. Dwaine was born on May 5, 1946 to Francis and Grace (Schrodt) Crigger, also in Creston, Iowa. Both Dwaine and Judy attended Creston schools and met their junior year of high school and were inseparable ever since. Judy received her degree in elementary education from Northwest Missouri State and received her masters from Southwest Missouri State University (now MSU) Dwaine received his bachelors degree from Northwest Missouri State in 1969 in art and his Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Nebraska in 1972.

Judy taught elementary school for several years before staying at home to raise her children. Dwaine taught a variety of courses at Missouri State in the art department. He was a beloved professor by both students and peers. He continued to teach for 39 years, retiring 2011. Even though retired, Dwaine was still a very active and involved member in Springfield's art community. He was very passionate about bringing local art into the area, especially as he worked with the Mercy Hospital facilities.

Judy and Dwaine were so full of life and love for everyone that crossed their paths. Their biggest pride and joy were their two sons, Jerod and Brian, and their grandson, Drew. They loved going out into the community to listen to music, visit the library, and take walks in Dickerson Park Zoo. Dwaine was very active in the Springfield art community, and Judy loved playing bells at South Street Christian Church with the bell choir. They were such a dynamic duo, and as tragic as this is, we are at peace knowing they are together in eternity.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Elda. Dwaine was preceded in death by his parents, Francis and Grace, and one sister, Carolyn. Dwaine is survived by his brothers, Dave (Carolyn), Ron (Sue), and Mike (Michelle) and the couple is survived by their sons Jerod (Alissa) and Brian (Katie), and one grandson, Drew.

A celebration of their lives will take place on Wednesday, July 13th at South Street Christian Church in Springfield, MO. The family will receive friends at 1PM followed by the service at 2PM. The couple will be interred at North Greenlawn Cemetery following the service. Memorial donations can be made to Dickerson Park Zoo or South Street Christian Church. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home.

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Published in News-Leader on Jul. 12, 2016.
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July 6, 2019
We had a piece of Dwaines in our home. Every day we see it and I am reminded of how fortunate I am to be who I am bc of spending years under his guidance at SMSU.
Matthew D. Wittmer
Los Angeles, CA
Matthew Wittmer
August 7, 2017
Crigger was a wonderful professor at MSU (SMSU). His artistic craftsmanship and down-to-Earth personality will be missed!

-Former student from "90's.
September 18, 2016
Still missing this wonderful couple! Prayers for their boys!!
Julie Craig
August 27, 2016
Just heard, I am deeply saddened by this. I worked with Dwaine at MSU and remember him fondly; a good, considerate person who will be missed.
Andrew Cohen
August 22, 2016
Just found out about this tragedy. I am so sorry about the lose of the two wonderful people.
Stan Maples
July 13, 2016
Dwaine curated the wonderful cast iron toy exhibition at the First International Conference on Contemorary Cast Iron Art in 1988 at Sloss Furnaces Nat. Hist. Site in B'Ham, AL. Deepest Sympathy to all his family. Wayne E. Potratz, Prof. Emeritus, U of MN
Wayne Potratz
July 12, 2016
We are so sorry for this loss. Dwaine and Judy were so fun to see and get to know beginning with the Sunshine-Rountree baseball team, and then at our kids' track meets and other events at Parkview High School. Their support and love for Jerod and Brian were always evident. After the kids graduated, we still managed to see them out and about on occasion and kept up with the kids' marriages and the welcome addition of a grandchild. Our sympathy and prayers to your families, Jerod and Brian. -Ron and Melinda, Nick and Julianne, and Will Love
Melinda Love
July 12, 2016
Dwaine was my professor and mentor while I pursued a BFA from MSU in the 80's. He was a great inspiration and friend and encouraged me as a young artist to not be afraid to show my work. The very first time I entered a show because of his belief in me I won a award! Without him this wouldn't have happened. I looked up to him as an artist, a friend and someone who could make me laugh! He will be missed very much by me and the community. Rest in peace Dwaine and Judith.
Brian Condon
July 11, 2016
I was one of Dwaine's students at SMSU between 1990 and 1995. Every year I still pass on things to my students that I learned from Dwaine 20 years ago. I am so grateful to have had his care and supportive influence in my life - his zest for curiousity still guides me today. Dwaine encouraged me to apply to his alma mater UNL for graduate school where I attended and met my wife. Dwaine once told our sculpture class he wanted to see his students develop relationships with the things we made - he wanted to see creations that were the result of things we had taken the time to get to know well and explore, objects that were a result of a solid relationship with an issue, not just a fleeting opinion or idea. He pushed us to dig deep, mentally, about what and why we made what we did. He once said his classroom was the same as any devout church or temple and that our approach to craft and design should have an equal or elevated fervor in our creative pursuit. I always try to impart the same care, humor, and serious passion to others that he always took the time to impart to us, his students. I will miss him greatly and express my deepest sympathies to his sons and extended family. He will always be a rock star who brightened the world with his passionate vision. ~ Matthew Wittmer, Los Angeles, CA, stormbound.org
Matthew Wittmer
July 11, 2016
I had Crigger for sculpture class in the late 80's and he was also my supervisor as the monitor for the 2-D areas of the art annex. He challenged his students in a way no other teacher did. He was loud, funny and incredibly talented. He made me work hard and always try to be the best I could be. I feel blessed to have known him and will never forget the encouragement he showed me as a student. My prayers go out to your family and I hope you know how many lives your parents touched over the years. They will not be forgotten.
Lisa Wood-Grimm
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