Cecil Leroy Craig

November 30, 1924 to September 7, 2010

Cecil Leroy Craig, 85, of Independence, MO, passed away September 7, 2010 at Monterey Park Nursing Home. Cecil was born November 30, 1924 in Eagleville, MO to Roy and Velma Craig. He joined the US Army on July 9, 1943 and married his lifetime love Deva Corine Craig on March 30, 1944 during a two week pass. During the Battle of the Bulge he became a POW on December 19, 1944. He was liberated in April 1945. He was honorably discharged as Corporal on December 3, 1945 and received the American Theater Campaign medal with 2 bronze stars, the Good Conduct medal, the Victory medal with one overseas bar and the Purple Heart. He was employed by JF Pritchard & Company/Black & Veatch from 1978-2000. He was a member of the Shriners, the Masonic Lodge, the Scottish Rite and the Heart of America Ex POW's. He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Deva Corine, his two daughters Carol Rogene Lauber of Independence, MO and Linda Kay Cornett of Kansas City, MO, 4 nephews, 1 niece, 2 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 pm Monday, September 13, 2010 at Floral Hills Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 1-2 pm Monday at the funeral home. Burial: Floral Hills Cemetery. Memorials can be sent to the American Cancer Society or American Heart Association. Fond memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.dwnewcomers.com (Arrangements: D.W. Newcomer's Sons Floral Hills Chapel, 7000 Blue Ridge Blvd., KCMO 64133, 816-353-1218)

Date of Birth: November 30, 1924
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Military: US Army (WW2) Enlistment - July 9, 1943
Engagement: Deva Corine
Wedding: Deva Corine - March 30, 1944
Military: US Army (WW2) Taken as POW - Battle of the Bulge - December 19, 1944
Military: US Army POW Liberation - April 1945
Military: US Army Honorably Discharge - December 3, 1945
Employment: JF Pritchard & Company/Black & Veatch - 1978-2000
Date of Passing: September 7, 2010

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US Army - WW2

Company D, 423rd Regiment, 106th Infantry Division
American Theater Campaign medal with 2 bronze stars
Purple Heart
Good Conduct medal
Victory Medal with One Overseas Bar

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