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Craig Peltier
Craig Winslow Peltier passed away at age 71 in his Traverse City home on Friday, October 16, 2020.
Craig was born to Winslow and Constance (Holm) Peltier in White Bear Lake, Minn., on November 10, 1948. The family moved to Flint, Mich., when Craig was a child.
Craig graduated from Flint Central High School in 1966, and married Daryl Marie Hyde in 1969. Daryl was born August 16, 1949, in Flint, daughter of the late Louman and Ardith (Franklin) Hyde. Daryl was a 1967 graduate of Flint Northern High School and attended Central Michigan University. Daryl loved horror movies and campfires.
After earning a master's in education from Central Michigan University, Craig taught at Midland High School until he retired in 2004. Craig taught English for over 35 years and contributed to the National Honor Society and athletics program.
Craig and Daryl raised award-winning show dogs and cared for pets their entire lives.
Craig and Daryl had two children, Elizabeth and Joseph. Craig and Joseph lovingly cared for Daryl until her passing on December 23, 2016.
In addition to his parents, Craig was preceded in death by his sisters, Norma Dean and Sandy Sneden; his granddaughter, Laurie Winslow; and his soulmate, Daryl.
Craig is survived by son, Joseph Peltier of Traverse City; and daughter, Elizabeth O'Connor of Austin, Texas and Elizabeth's husband Will. Craig's legacy also includes his grandsons, Maxim, Sean Henry and Murray.
Craig is also survived by his sister, Laurie Peltier of Williamsburg, Mich.; and nieces and nephews. He will be especially missed by Christine Sneden, Teri Sneden and Tracee Crabtree.
Craig wanted to thank everyone who cared for him and Daryl in their later years. Craig left this world a better place because he listened patiently and loved unconditionally. Craig was friendly to everyone, and he appreciated a bad pun.
As a parent and public school teacher, Craig had seen just about everything over the years and never lost his cool. He was the most fun to be around, and he was treasured by his kids and grandkids, nephews and nieces, and countless students.
Thanks for putting up with all of our crap, Dad.

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Published in Midland Daily News on Oct. 20, 2020.
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October 30, 2020
A gentleman and a scholar.
Jimmy from Kissimmee
Student
October 27, 2020
We send our most sincere condolences to the Peltier family on your loss of Craig. His passing is our loss too at Woodside Village Apts. We truly enjoyed having Craig with us. Our residents and staff are shocked at his untimely passing and will truly miss him. It was interesting to hear about his years teaching school and his family. May Craig rest in peace.
Thank you to his family for entrusting him to our care.
With sincere thoughts and prayers,
Glenn, Judy and Ben LaCross, Owners
Virginia and staff of Woodside Village Apts
Traverse City MI
Judy LaCross
Friend
October 27, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss of such a good guy and great teacher. He will be missed dearly.

Steve Longstreth
Steven Longstreth
Student
October 26, 2020
Wet all through with Craig. Always a great guy. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Beckie (Clarence ) King
Classmate
October 26, 2020
We always thought you were too young to be a teacher so we tried your patience a few times. You remained calm and carried on in your usual professional manner. You were an amazing teacher and we were privileged to have had you. Denise (Bates) Briscoe MHS Class of 1973
Denise Briscoe
Student
October 24, 2020
Craig was my 10th grade English teacher at Midland High School during the 1975-76 school year.

I always enjoyed his classes, and valued his knowledge regarding grammar, usage and composition. I looked upon him as an ally and role model -- not an authority figure. I valued his corrections and advice when he would hand back a marked up and graded writing assignment.

Way back in the 1970s, Craig was what we called a "cool dude." Low-key, friendly, charismatic, somewhat informal. His classes were a balm to the adolescent soul!

My deepest condolences to Craig's family. Know that he had a positive influence on many people, myself included.
Tom Black
Student
October 22, 2020
Craig and I shared many conversations in the teacher's lounge at Midland High. He was a good man with wonderful insights. I am sure he will be missed by many.
Mary Irons
Coworker
October 22, 2020
Craig was a fellow teacher with me at Midland High, and he was always a kind and good man to everyone. His sly sense of humor, combined with genuine empathy for others made him a person I will always remember. Elizabeth was in one of my classes and she reminded me of Craig's great qualities; he was so proud of you. May you find comfort in the days ahead in all of the wonderful memories you have of him.

Don Demko
Don Demko
Coworker
October 21, 2020
We were neighbors of the Peltier family in the 1990s and have many wonderful memories of our neighbors, Daryl and Craig, and our time living next door. Our deepest condolences to Elizabeth and Joe and family.
The Beach family
Neighbor
October 20, 2020
As a teacher at Midland High, I had the opportunity to work with Craig most of my career. He was always friendly and kind. My condolences to the family at this difficult time.
Laura Freed
Coworker
October 20, 2020
Uncle Craig will be dearly missed by us all. Just a few weeks ago, I took over a dinner of Peltier spaghetti and we sat on his deck talking, just the two of us. That visit will be treasured forever in my heart. He was always so calm and patience but he did have the Peltier stubbornness too and we loved him for that. Elizabeth and Joe, I am so sorry you have lost your Dad but he is now walking the streets of heaven, pain free and with your Mom again, which is right where he has always been and belongs. Their love and devotion was such an example to us all. We love you Uncle Craig.
Tracee Crabtree
October 20, 2020
Thank you for including me in this perfect summary of my Uncle Craig. I will miss his dry sense of humor, his quick wit, and most of all, I will miss his kindness and his gentle patient way of dealing with our crazy family. I am so grateful to have had his unconditional love and unwavering support for the first half of my life. Uncle Craig didn’t like goodbyes, so I will say - Until we meet again, all my love XOXO Chrissy
Christine Sneden
Family
October 20, 2020
Craig was a fellow friend and teacher at Midland High and enjoyable company. Our teacher 'lunch bunch' was like an extended family and we shared ideas and humor in our daily experiences in Chemic Country. RIP
Jim Huovinen
Coworker
October 20, 2020
We were so sorry to hear of Craig’s passing. He will be reunited with Daryl. We will treasure having the family as our neighbors for thirty five years. We watched our families grow and shared good times together. Craig was a great guy. I know this is another stage of life but always hard to accept. We hope Joe and Elizabeth find peace knowing their folks are together again. Our sincerest sympathy.
Diane and Len Roan
Neighbor
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