|Birth: ||Mar. 28, 1943|
|Death: ||Jan. 8, 2009|
James Craver, 65, a resident of Centerville, Iowa passed away Thursday, January 08, 2009 at Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa. Jim was born March 28, 1943, the son of Harlan and Alice Jean (Shanks) Craver, in Centerville, Iowa. He graduated from Centerville High School with the Class of 1961. After high school, Jim attended the University of Iowa where he received a bachelor of business administration degree in 1965. Jim went on to attend Drake University Law School where he obtained his J.D. degree in 1968. At Drake University, Jim met Jennifer "Ginger" Cogis. Jim and Ginger were married June 22, 1968 in Gary, Indiana. After law school, Jim moved to Centerville where he practiced law with the Milani Law Firm. In 1988, Jim went into practice on his own, establishing the Craver Law Firm. Jim was the City Attorney for Centerville for 25 years and served on the Board of Directors of the Mercy Medical Center. He also was a member of the Mercy Medical Legacy Foundation, the Appanoose County Bar Association, and the State Bar of Iowa. Survivors besides his wife include three sons, Michael (and his wife Kristin) Craver of Dallas, Texas, Marc (and his wife Jamie) Craver of New York, New York, and Matthew (and his wife Amber) Craver of Ladera Ranch, California, and four grandchildren, Noah, Natalie, Noelle, and Cora. Jim is also survived by his Aunt, Virginia Howe, of Scottsdale, Arizona. Visitation will be held on Monday, January 12, 2009 at the Lange Funeral Home. The family will be present from 6 to 8 p.m. Services will be held Tuesday, January 13, at the First United Methodist Church in Centerville, Iowa. The services will begin at 10 a.m. with Pastor Terra Amundson officiating. A private burial will be held at a later date. Memorials have been established to the Appanoose County Baseball Association, First United Methodist Church, and Friends of the Drake Public Library. Memorial gifts may be left at or mailed to the Lange Funeral Home, 1900 S. 18th St., Centerville, Iowa, 52544. Condolences may be left online at: www.thomaslangefuneralhome.com.
Published in The Daily Iowegian on January 13, 2009
James S. Craver
Attorney to be missed by community
By Patsy Cincotta - Staff writer
Attorney Jim Craver died Jan. 8 at the age of 65. From some recent comments made by friends and colleagues, it is certain he is going to be missed by the community. Jim Milani said he hired Craver right out of law school back in 1968. "He and Ginger got married that same year and Mary and I went to their wedding in Indiana. Then they moved to Centerville and he worked in my office for the next 20 years. He was with me until 1988. I enjoyed mentoring him and he matured into a good, solid lawyer. "Ginger and Jim raised their three boys to develop into outstanding young men, too. They are now scattered in different places and I think we lost out on having them in the community." Craver graduated from Centerville High School in 1961, then received his bachelor's degree at the University of Iowa. He obtained his JD degree from Drake University Law School. Craver served as Centerville City Attorney for 25 years and had his own practice, the Craver Law Firm, which he established in 1988 after leaving Milani's office. Friend Judy Morris said even when you saw Craver on business, he always found something to laugh about to make you feel at ease. "My husband Jack and Jim played a lot of golf together. We knew him for a long time. He was always a part of our group and was really a good guy," she said. Centerville Building Inspector George Johnson knew Craver from when Johnson was with the police department. "He was probably one of the finest men I've ever known. He was kind, considerate and was willing to help anyone at any time. He also loved to play golf," Johnson said. Another very good friend is Mike O'Connor, who said Craver loved his community and it showed. He said he helped many people and without expecting any fanfare.
"I knew Jim mainly as a personal friend. One of his many fine qualities was that his family was so important to him. And he did so many things that were 'under the radar.' He helped out in the community when people weren't even aware of it. He was a very generous man, in a quiet, unassuming way." Ann Young, vice president at Mercy Medical Center, commented that Craver was a community stalwart. "His involvement in city and community affairs for many years had an impact on the town. From the hospital's perspective he was invaluable to us as a founding member of our Legacies Foundation, as a board chairperson and he was personally responsible for the development of many major gifts," said Young. Appanoose County Supervisor Dean Kaster said he knew Craver well. "He was at the courthouse on different issues and I saw him often on the golf course. He is going to be missed," he said. Centerville City Councilman Kris Koestner said he enjoyed working with Craver while he previously served on the city council. "He always had a smile and a chuckle for everyone. It was a pleasure to work with him for those 10 years when I was on the council. He was very knowledgeable and was a pleasant person to work with," said Koestner. Craver's funeral service was held Tuesday. His family includes his wife, Ginger, and his three sons: Michael Craver and his wife, Kristin, of Dallas, Texas; Marc Craver and his wife, Jamie, of New York, N.Y.; and Matthew Craver and his wife, Amber, of Ladera Ranch, Calif. There are also four grandchildren, Noah, Natalie, Noelle and Cora, and an aunt, Virginia Howe of Scottsdale, Ariz.
Published in The Daily Iowegian on January 16, 2009
Harlan B. Craver (1907 - 1984)
Alice Jean Shanks Craver (1915 - 1995)
Created by: Gary Craver
Record added: Apr 19, 2010
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