Larry K. Craft

August 18, 1951May 26, 2014

Larry K. Craft, 62, of Hillsboro, passed away on Monday, May 26, at Memorial Medical Center. Larry was born August 18, 1951, in Jacksonville, IL the son of the late Lawrence E. and Lucille (Knox) Craft. He married Linda Wheeler on October 5, 1974, at Chatham United Methodist Church. Larry retired as an operating engineer at the Coffeen Power Station for Ameren Illinois. He was a member of Ansar Shrine, he enjoyed working on, restoring, and taking his Dodge 1939 pickup truck to car shows. Larry was an avid fan of the St. Louis Blues, the Dallas Cowboys, rockabilly music, and Waylon Jennings Surviving Larry is his wife Linda Craft, his children; L. Jason (Jia-Yee Tang) Craft of Chicago, Lyle (Aimee) Craft of Riverton, Lisa (Pete) Sander of Springfield, 5 grandchildren: Jeremy and Jordyn Craft, Josh and Nora Sander, and Simone Craft. A casual graveside service will be held on Thursday, May 29, 2014, at 11 am at Oak Ridge Cemetery, 1441 Monument Ave. Springfield, IL, 62702. In lieu of flowers memorials in Larry's name may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Please share in Larry's online "Life Remembered Story" at


  • Casual Graveside Service Thursday, May 29, 2014

Larry K. Craft

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June 25, 2014

Dear Linda, Our Mom, Val Braughton, was your neighbor. She always enjoyed the Christmas lights and other holiday decorations. We are sorry for your loss. Brenda and Dan Colorado and Springfield

June 11, 2014

Dear Linda, Lyle, Lisa and family,
We are sorry for your loss. Please know that Dan & Lorie caring thoughts will be with you for days to come. I have great memories of the family get together' s. Dan & I will never forget the beautiful pictures he took of our wedding and the love he showed through his pictures. We will keep you in our prayers.

June 3, 2014

Dear Linda and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Larry was someone I looked up to when I would visit as a child. It has been great reconnecting these last couple of years. I was looking forward to more shared moments. So sorry I was unable to make it down. I had all of you in my thoughts and prayers these last several weeks.
Carl Craft

Jo Ann (England) Stone

June 1, 2014

Linda - I am so sorry for your loss. I just saw the obit online today - too late for the funeral. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

Ruth Martin

May 30, 2014

Larry you will be missed. I will always remember how you made me feel like I was a special person and adored. I loved how you remembered stories of years ago. Two weeks ago when we visited at the rehab center in Hillsboro as I was leaving you said “ Don't go driving so fast” and then you laughed and told the physical therapist “ I wish I had the energy to tell you the stories about her driving” We all laughed remembering how I dusted you on I55.
Two years ago I had surgery on my neck that was similar to the surgery you had on your neck. You and Linda called me many many times to talk me through the healing and rehab process. There were days I am not sure I would have made it through without your and Linda's encouragement and support.
Cousins are special people and make the world a better place. I am better because I have known you. I will miss you.

Dick & Mona Elam

May 30, 2014

Linda, Buddy, Lyle, Lisa and Families,
Please accept our sympathy for your loss. We have fond memories of Larry as our kids grew up together. We will always appreciate the pictures he took of Beau. May the many memories you created with your husband, father, and grandfather ease your grief.

Marie Cole

May 29, 2014

So sorry for your loss.

Debbie Herrick

May 29, 2014

I knew Larry when he lived on Dawn Dr. I remember his mom would always invite me in and give me some cookies whenever I wondered over there looking for my older brother to call him home for dinner. Larry was always so nice to me and I have always wondered where he wound up and I am real sorry now to know he has passed away. My condolences go out to his family.

Kenny Niemeyer

May 29, 2014

Our Deepest Sympathy for your loss Linda and Family. Please know we are here for you. Larry is visiting with Waylon and playing his guitar. Please take care.

May 29, 2014

I had an opportunity, to meet Larry last fall. In our short time together I noticed a calmness, loving man, who shared his knowledge and love of life.
Thank you Larry, and condolences to the family. Brent Baird Spaulding Il.