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Craig Wilson - 64

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June 20, 2022

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Emporia, KS

Craig Dean Wilson, 64, of Emporia died Monday, June 20, 2022 at his home. Craig was born on June 15, 1958 in Hutchinson, Kansas the son of Alvin Dean and Fyrma Loree (Hall) Wilson. He spent most of his childhood in the Kansas towns of Norton, Canton, and graduated from Tonganoxie High School in 1976. He was united in holy matrimony to Denise Folkerts on June 24, 1978 at the Concordia Lutheran Church in Concordia, Kansas. She survives of the home. Craig proudly served in the United States Navy from 1977 to 1981 and was in the Naval Reserves from 1982 to 1986. He was an active member of Ball-McColm Post #5, American Legion in Emporia. He was a long-time truck driver and provided over 25 years of service to EVCO Corporation, Dolly Madison Bakery, and Core Carrier Corporation. He concluded his employment career outdoors working the land on the properties owned by Ken & Janie Theel. Craig loved the outdoors, especially fishing, hunting, and camping. He was happiest when serving others and making their lives easier. He was always just a phone call away. He enjoyed putting a smile on everyone's face by telling jokes and telling entertaining stories for those around him. Surviving family members include: wife, Denise Wilson of Emporia; son, Jeremy Wilson (Nicole) of Nixa, Missouri; granddaughter, Millie Wilson of Nixa, Missouri; sisters, Nelda Prior of Neosho Rapids, Kansas, and Roxie (Doug) Bush of Melvern, Kansas. Additional survivors include 13 nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents most of his aunts and uncles, and a some of his cousins. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a. m. , Friday, June 24, 2022 at Faith Lutheran Church, Emporia. Visitation will be an hour prior to the service at the church. Graveside services will be at 3:00 p. m. , Friday, June 24, 2022 at the Canton Cemetery in Canton, Kansas. Memorial contributions can be directed to Hand in Hand Hospice, The American Cancer Association, or The American Diabetes Association. Contributions can be sent in care of Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home, P. O. Box 175, Emporia, Kansas 66801.