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Rick Craft

1952 - 2021

Avilla, Indiana


AVILLA — Rick Craft, 69, of Avilla, passed away on Friday, June 11, 2021, at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.

He was born on February 4, 1952 in Fort Wayne.

He was a product development manager for Group Dekko, retiring in 2014. Rick enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, gardening, and doing yard work. He was a sports fan, especially IU sports and the Detroit Tigers.

On December 28, 1985, he married Shelley Teders. She survives. Also surviving are a son, Matthew (Samantha) Craft; grandchildren, Mara Craft and Joseph Craft; and brother, Mark Gillingham. He was preceded in death by son, Brice Craft, mother, Linda (Haney) Craft, and a brother, Brian Gillingham.

A celebration of Rick's life will be held at a future date. Contributions in his memory may be directed to the Ronald McDonald House.

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Arrangements by Harper Funeral Homes, Avilla Chapel, 530 N Main St., Avilla.


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Debra (Happel) Kolbow

June 16, 2021 9:01 AM

I have very fond memories of growing up with Rick and his family..  I will always remember Rick as happy and fun loving.  My condolences to his family during this time of loss.   

Tyler & Shawn Haynes

June 15, 2021 9:34 PM

Shelley, Mark and family: You are all in our thoughts and prayers, sorry for your loss! I have a lot of fond memories working with Rick and his friendship meant a lot to me he will truly be missed!! Rest in Paradise my friend!! 

Mary Harman

June 15, 2021 5:41 PM

Our sincerest sympathy to Shelly and family.
What a great guy!

Duane Smith

June 14, 2021 11:16 AM

A lot of good memories of playing on the pool leagues  together. God bless and you'll  be missed. Duane Smith. 

Rick and Jody Nasca - Cape Coral, FL

June 14, 2021 4:36 AM

We’re so sorry to hear of Ricks passing. You two were great neighbors. Our thoughts are with you Shelly. 

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