Kenneth Edward Craig, 79, of Vevay, passed away Friday, April 21st, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.
He was born April 11th, 1927, in Carrollton, Kentucky, the son of George “Eddie” and Esther (Walters) Craig, who both preceded him in death. The family moved to Switzerland County when he was five years old.
He was inducted into the U.S. Army October 10th, 1946, rising to the rank of Master Sergeant, serving during the Korean War and Vietnam War. He served for 26 years, 10 months and 21 days and was honorably discharged on October 31st, 1972. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal with the first Oak Leaf Cluster and five Good Conduct Medals at Fort Sheridan, Illinois.
After retirement he returned to Vevay and was united in marriage to Valerie Jo Ann Furnish March 9th, 10973, at Switzerland Baptist Church in Vevay.
He took an active role in the community, serving as president of the Vevay Town Board for two terms from 1983-1991. He also served on the Ogle Foundation, the Park Board and the Zoning Board. He enjoyed caring for his wife and her family, maintaining the home and the yard. He enjoyed reading, listening to music and history. He was a member of the Vevay American Legion Post 1985 and Vevay VFW Post 5396. He also attended Ruter Chapel United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his stepdaughter, Carla Harsin of Vevay; his stepson, Jeff Harsin of Indianapolis; his step grandchildren, Jeremy Harsin and wife Erin of Vevay and Whitney Hollitt of Vevay; and his step-great-grandchildren, Bralen and Azalee Harsin of Vevay.
He was also preceded in death by his wife, Valerie Jo Ann Furnish Craig on November 15th, 2002; and his brother, Clifford S. Craig on November 15th, 1967.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, April 25th, by Reverend Roger Parrott at Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery with full military honors conducted at the graveside by Vevay American Legion and Vevay VFW. Memorial contributions may be made to the Vevay American Legion Post 185 and Vevay VFW Post 5396 Relief Funds. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.
Thomas J. Moore