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Major Karl Larry Craton USAF, Retired

March 31, 1934January 6, 2020

Karl “Larry” Craton, 85, of Cape Coral, Fla., died Jan. 6, 2020. Larry was intelligent and hard-working. He was devoted to his wife “sweetie” and his family. He was extremely generous, positive, friendly to all and quick to smile. He was loved by many. The son of Charles Thomas Craton and Annie Mae (Mull) Craton, Larry was born March 31, 1934, near Lindale, Ga., in a community locals called Boozeville. He was the youngest of seven siblings. He left home at 13 to attend Berry Academy near Rome, Ga., where he worked his way through high school and then stayed on to begin his undergraduate degree at Berry College. He later completed his undergraduate degree and earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1954-1974 as a navigator and electronics engineer. During his military career, he was stationed at several U.S. bases and at Osan Air Base, South Korea. He retired at the rank of major. After retirement, he began several businesses, including a furniture restoration business and a carwash and he built and managed commercial rental property. He volunteered in Florida’s Guardian ad Litem program and with Meals on Wheels. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Dorothy Devail (Benson) Craton; three children, Karl Craton, Linda Swanson and David Craton; daughter-in-law, Susan Craton; son-in-law, Rick Swanson; grandsons, Justin Golliday, Michael Craton and Andrew Craton; step-grandchildren, Tricia Swanson and Curtis Swanson; several dear nieces and nephews; and many good friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and all his siblings. A military service will be held at a later date at Sarasota National Cemetery. Coral Ridge Funeral Home in Cape Coral is handling arrangements. In lieu of flowers please make donations in his memory to Florida Guardian Ad Litem Foundation, https://flgal.org/donate-to-the-florida-guardian-ad-litem-foundation

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Karl Craton

January 24, 2020

Dad in front of the stripping machine at his furniture restoration business

Karl Craton

January 16, 2020

Another picture of Larry with his grandson Andrew

Karl Craton

January 16, 2020

Larry with his grandson Andrew

Karl Craton

January 16, 2020

Another picture of Larry with his grandson Michael

Karl Craton

January 16, 2020

Larry with his grandson Michael

Frank Spikes

January 14, 2020

I always referred to Larry as, just that, Larry. He was my uncle, but somehow, Uncle Larry just didn't sound right. It never did. More to the point, he was my favorite uncle. He was always good to me and we enjoyed each other's company more than I can begin to say. Truthfully, his passing has hit me harder than my own father's. I will miss him more than I can say. My condolences go out to all his family and friends.

I've attached a photo I took October 8th, 2017.

Suzanne Urie

January 14, 2020

Larry was a wonderful and wise man with a great sense of humor, and he will be greatly missed. A father may pass on, but his thoughts, hopes and dreams live on in his children and loved ones. My sincerest condolences to you Linda, Rick and Dottie, and to all in the Craton Family.

Lori Emmert

January 13, 2020

I am fortunate that our paths crossed 25 years ago. Larry was a great man. I will remember him fondly.

Ann CRATON

January 13, 2020

Forever in our hearts and memories.

Karl Craton

January 12, 2020

I loved, appreciated, and admired my Dad. He was intelligent, hard-working, generous, friendly, courageous, committed to family, and more. As a kid he spent lots of time with me including countless games of catch. He was a jack of all trades. If something needed to be done he figured it out himself. I was right there with him most of the time. We did many things together as a family – dinners, movies, vacations, etc. Dad remained important in my life as an adult. I continued to learn from him regularly. After we bought our house I called him whenever anything needed to be done to find out how to do it. He would often make the hour plus drive to my house to help me. Dad was generous with his money. Our jaws would often drop when we saw the amount written on the Christmas gift check. He taught me many important things. He always said “treat others how you would want to be treated”. He valued hard work and he passed that on to me. I learned manners from him, things like please, thank you, and table manners. For example, we always had to say “May I be excused please” before we left the table after dinner. I also learned to respect authority. I was always expected to say “yes, sir” and “no sir”. Once I got in trouble in school and it only got worse when I said “yes sir” to a vice principal who thought I was being sarcastic. Dad taught me to be honest. When I was 6 or 7 years old I did something I wasn’t supposed to do and I lied to him about it. I got in so much trouble for lying that I never lied to him again. Dad had confidence in me and high expectations. Once, when I was in elementary school, I brought home a report card with Cs on it. I got in trouble for that and I said “Cs are average, what is wrong with that?” He answered simply “You’re not average.” All of these things were important but, the most important thing he did was to bring me to church as a child. As a result I learned about Christianity and I later became a Christian. I am really going to miss him.

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