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Rick Craft

February 4, 1952 ~ June 11, 2021 (age 69)


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 from 3-6pm on Sunday August 1, 2021 at the Avilla American Legion Post #240. 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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Gathering of Family and Friends
August 1, 2021

3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
American Legion Post #240
205 Ley Street
Avilla, IN 46710

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