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Ward Allen Craft

January 4, 1937October 26, 2018
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Ward Allen Craft, 81, of Fort Wayne, surrounded by his loving family, passed away peacefully on October 26, 2018. Ward, the 5th of 11 siblings, was born and raised in Hindman, Ky., to the late Mayo and Virgie Craft. In Ward’s 50-year career in production management, he served with excellence at International Harvester and Magnavox/Raytheon. In his retirement years, he played and worked at Cherry Hill Golf Course. In the weeks and days preceding his home-going, Ward was surrounded by the most heavenly care from Heritage Pointe of Fort Wayne and Premier Hospice. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Pauline Craft; his daughter, Teresa (William) Ellis of Pittsburgh, PA.; and son, Greg (Barb) Craft of Fort Wayne; six grandchildren, Angela (Tom), Bethany (Matt), Courtney (Wes), Kristin (Doug), Matt, and Lauren; and four great-grandchildren, Simone, Vivien, Peter, and Luke, who were his pride and joy; his loving step-mother, Alma; and his brothers and sisters, Claude, Aileen, Ann, Pam, Nelson, Dean, and Patsy. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Arlie, Charles, and Mike. Memorial Service will be 1:00pm on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at Hockemeyer and Miller Funeral Home, 6131 St. Joe Rd., Fort Wayne, with calling one hour prior. Rev. Ron Hawkins, of Fort Wayne First Assembly, is officiating. Celebrate Ward’s life with his family from 4-7pm on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at the funeral home. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park, Fort Wayne. Memorial gifts may be given to Fort Wayne First Assembly. For online condolences, please visit www.hockemeyermillerfh.com.

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  • First Assembly of God

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  • Calling Tuesday, October 30, 2018
  • Calling Wednesday, October 31, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, October 31, 2018
REMEMBERING

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Cheryl Summers Creech

November 1, 2018

Kristin, Matt and the entire Craft family, Our deepest sympathies for the loss of your precious Grandpa Craft. Matt, I remember the loving way you helped Grandpa to the car after Kristin & Doug's wedding. Your love and tenderness at that moment touched my heart. Grandpa was a good man and a wonderful person. I know how precious he was to you both and I know you were to him. Now, he is with his Lord where there is no pain, no sorrow, no sadness..only joy unspeakable. If I could have asked him for a favor, it would have been to tell your Mom how much we love and miss her. I'm sure she is already showing him around! Praying for God's peace for you all!! Be sure to visit Grandma as often as you can. Love you!

Bethany Ellis

October 31, 2018

When I think of Grandpa Ward, I see him smiling quietly from his trusty recliner, I taste the powdered donuts and Pringles he always stocked up on before our visits, and I hear his quiet, wise voice - slow to share his opinions or judgements but always quick to say “I love you” and “What can I get you?”

He showed his love deeply and daily for our sweet Grandma, and for all his kids and grandkids. Grandpa’s deep well of patience and generosity was so great that we would often laugh about the lengths he would go to show us he cared. I can’t believe he’s gone, but I know his memory and spirit will be carried on by so many.

One of the most treasured moments of my life was getting to introduce our son Peter to his Great Grandpa and watching my baby look up adoringly at Grandpa while he rubbed Peter’s soft hair and commented on how he’ll play sports some day. I pray that Peter has Grandpa’s kindness in him and that we will all make Grandpa proud as we continue his love and legacy with our families.

Angela Ellis

October 30, 2018

It’s hard to imagine the world without my Grandpa Ward. I can clearly hear the sound of his voice greeting me at the door to welcome me to Fort Wayne. He was reserved but so very warm, brimming with kindness and generosity. If you had a favorite treat, you could be sure he stocked it in the pantry for your arrival (my sister and I relished the cans of pringles!); if he had an extra laundry detergent or a spare roll of paper towels, he could be counted on to load it into our trunk before we pulled off for Pittsburgh. He was never one for the spotlight, but he was always engaged, quick to laugh and, as far as I could tell, never angry. May we all carry a fraction of his goodness inside.

Teresa Craft Ellis

October 29, 2018

I am the most fortunate person to have called Ward my dad. My dad loved, protected, guided, advised, & provided for me throughout my life. He modeled kindness, generosity, honesty, and hard work. He was a man of integrity. If you left the Craft home hungry or thirsty, it was your own fault! I can’t imagine life without his gentle spirit & sweet smile. “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.” I now have even more reason to hope in heaven. I love you dad.

William D. & Deborah Thacker

October 29, 2018

My brother-in-law, Ward has been in my family as long as I can remember. Ward was more like a brother and second father to me than a brother-in-law. He is one of the most kindest, loving, hospitable men I have ever known. I have nothing but good memories of Ward, and I will miss him so much!❤️

Steve & Lisa Beard

October 29, 2018

Greg, Barb & Family

We are so sorry for your loss. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Steve & Lisa Beard

Bill Ellis

October 29, 2018

There has never been a more gentle, kind, and giving person than my father-in-law, Ward Craft. He was a soft spoken man with a sharp dry wit. I treasure the memories of our family vacations at the beach, golfing, and visits to Ft. Wayne that always included powdered donuts and apple pie especially stocked for me. Love you, Ward. Thanks for loving us so well.

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Biography

Ward Allen Craft, 81, of Fort Wayne, surrounded by his loving family, passed away peacefully on October 26, 2018. Ward, the 5th of 11 siblings, was born and raised in Hindman, Ky., to the late Mayo and Virgie Craft. In Ward’s 50-year career in production management, he served with excellence at International Harvester and Magnavox/Raytheon. In his retirement years, he played and worked at Cherry Hill Golf Course. In the weeks and days preceding his home-going, Ward was surrounded by the most heavenly care from Heritage Pointe of Fort Wayne and Premier Hospice. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Pauline Craft; his daughter, Teresa (William) Ellis of Pittsburgh, PA.; and son, Greg (Barb) Craft of Fort Wayne; six grandchildren, Angela (Tom), Bethany (Matt), Courtney (Wes), Kristin (Doug), Matt, and Lauren; and four great-grandchildren, Simone, Vivien, Peter, and Luke, who were his pride and joy; his loving step-mother, Alma; and his brothers and sisters, Claude, Aileen, Ann, Pam, Nelson, Dean, and Patsy. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Arlie, Charles, and Mike. Memorial Service will be 1:00pm on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at Hockemeyer and Miller Funeral Home, 6131 St. Joe Rd., Fort Wayne, with calling one hour prior. Rev. Ron Hawkins, of Fort Wayne First Assembly, is officiating. Celebrate Ward’s life with his family from 4-7pm on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at the funeral home. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park, Fort Wayne. Memorial gifts may be given to Fort Wayne First Assembly. For online condolences, please visit www.hockemeyermillerfh.com.