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Obituary ~ William Wesley Craig
March 11, 1852 ~ September 01, 1922

Leon Reporter
Leon, Decatur County, Iowa

WILLIAM WESLEY CRAIG was born March 11th, 1852 at Riverside, Iowa in Washington County, and here were spent the first twenty years of his life. He came to Garden Grove in 1872, and throughout the intervening fifty years had been a continual resident of Decatur county. He was united in marriage to Miss ELIZA CATHERINE JENREE at Leon April 3rd, 1876. Four children came to bless this union, all of them living: SARAH LILLIAN, NELLIE ESTELLA, ROBERT WILLIAM, and LEWIS PEARL, and one grandchild.

“Uncle Billy,” as he was affectionately known by hundreds of people following the trade of blacksmith. His business relationships were conducted upon the basis of the Golden Rule, and his genial optimistic spirit endeared him to a multitude of people.

Mr. CRAIG was a staunch, practical Christian. Very early in his life he professed Jesus Christ as his Lord, united with the Methodist Church and to the last day lived the true Christian experience. He was very active in the local church serving more years than anyone remembers as steward on the official board. His counsel was sought on all important matters, he was a friend of the preacher, and a up-builder in the church program.

Deceased was a member of the Knights of Pythias fraternal orders. For his invaluable services in promotion of the Odd Fellowship he was awarded honors by that order that came to few men. Mr. CRAIG had been a member of the Leon school board and a faithful public servant in many other capacities.

Mrs. CRAIG preceded him in death November 16th, 1916, and from that sad day “Uncle Billy’s,” heart had been on the other side of the river. In the last few months he had often expressed his desire to pass to the better world, and the end found him calm, brave, ready. He passed away at the home on Friday evening, September 1st, at the age of 70 years, 6 months, and 20 days.

Besides the children and the great number of friends there are left to mourn his passing three sisters and one brother: Mrs. RACHEL TANSY, Pawnee, Okla., Mrs. EVELYN ALLEN, Kalona, Iowa, Mrs. CAROLINE TATMAN, Garden Grove, and Mr. DEWITT CRAIG, Riverside, Iowa.

The funeral services were held from the Leon Methodist Church Tuesday afternoon, September 5th, conducted by the pastor. The body was laid away to rest beside the wife in the Leon cemetery, the burial services being conducted by the Odd Fellows.