|Birth: ||Jun. 7, 1918|
|Death: ||Jul. 8, 2010|
Floyd Odell Craig born June 7, 1918 on the family homestead just north of Drain Oregon. He has one sister, Doris Emiline also born on the homestead. "Odell" as he was called worked the homestead and attended school in Drain . He earned is school letter playing basketball., he really loved tinkering with cars and driving as fast as he could .
Dad married our mother, Madeline Bragg when he was 2l and son Dale Preston was born two years later, Dale was nearly two when I was born. We were living in Spokane and dad was working on planes for the war effort at that time. When we returned to Oregon we lived in Eugene where dad continued working loading cars.
One day Dad came work and I asked if he would tie my shoes. He started to tie them and realized they were already tied. He was very pleased to learn that I had done it myself and I was just teasing.
While living in Eugene, I had a friend my age who came to play and the big thing was "mud pies". We decided to make "mud fudge" including little rocks for walnuts. I offered a piece to dad as he arrived home and he said "Yes" took it and nearly broke a tooth , surprisingly I didn't get a spanking for that.
Once when we went to our grandparent's home for Christmas,Dale and I were worried that Santa wouldn't be able to find us there. Dad snoticed a plane in the air and said "see those lights, that's Santa's sleigh"., he never wanted to disappoint us, he was strict but showed patience and love at the same time.
As Dale and I grew older , dad and mom divorced so we did not see him as often as we wanted. He would take us to movies and roller skating when he came to visit, he also skated. I remember that he played the harmonica very well and tried to teach both Dale and myself to play, no luck there! He often held me on his lap and read to me.
My parents remarried when I was in the 8th grade. By then there were two little sisters in the family and Dad never treated any of us differently. We were all his kids. Dad was often away from home for work and finally in 1959 he moved us to California. He was in construction business there, building a lot of large structures at that time. I met and fell in love with John Rhodes when I was a junior in high school, and although my parents both thought I was too young they agreed to let us get married. Within 9 months I made them grandparents and from that moment on I could do no wrong.
We didnt get to spend as much time with dad and mom as I would have liked because they moved to Palm Springs and we were in San Jose. Years flew by and Dad continued to be a big part of our son's lives, teaching them about gold mining and fixing cars. He felt any guy could do anything he set his mind too. We had a number of "discussions" over the fact that women could do as much as men. Finally after I changed all the lighting fixtures in our tri-level house he had to conceed that maybe women could do "man things."
Looking back over the 92 years he was on this earth there were so many changes over the last 66 years . There were times I could strangle him, stubborn he was, but love and laughter were always in the picture. He loved a good joke and seldom got mad at people, things yes, and he had very colorful language when he was angry. He was the best grandfather any child could have.. He was a loving, kind ,and fair man. I wil remember all the good times as life goes on without him. God bless you dad and give Dale a hug for me. Love Dori Jo
Floyd "Odell" Craig 1918-2010
Posted: Tuesday, Jul 13th, 2010
Floyd "Odell" Craig, 92, of Drain, Oregon died July 8, 2010 from age related causes.
He was born June 7, 1918 in Drain to Floyd and Virgia "Redifer"Craig.
Floyd grew up and attended school in Drain and attended as many school reunions as possible.
He married Elizabeth Kaufer Lachman. She died in 1990.
Floyd was a carpenter and craftsman for many years. During WWII, Odell was an airplane engine mechanic.
He had formerly lived in Palm Springs,San Diego, Los Banos and Lompoc, Calif.
Odell loved spending time with and was a wonderful teacher to all his family. He enjoyed gold and mineral mining, loved cars and had a wonderful sense of humor.
He is survived by three daughters, Doris Rhodes and husband, John, of Drain, Janie Kemp and husband, Jeff, of College Station, Texas, and Judy Roth and husband, Lee, of San Jose, Calif., a son, Mike Lachman and wife, Diane, of Seattle, Wash., a sister, Doris Walker and husband, Elden, of Modesto, Calif., nephew, Paul Walker and wife, Linda, of Stockton, Calif., former spouse and friend, Madeline Llewellyn of Cottage Grove, 13 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth, and a son and daughter-in-law, Dale and Val Craig.
No service is planned.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Crohn's Disease Association.
Arrangements under the care of Smith Lund Mills Funeral Chapel and Crematorium, Cottage Grove.
Odell was at the family reunion in Winston Oregon, August 07, 1999.
I spent time with him, he looks very well, still a lot of fun, he told me that when he was young Charles Preston Tedlock "Preston" would put him on a horse and tell him to ride he said it always scared the hell out of me,. Preston would just laugh and laugh.
Odell's last Request... *I can hear him laughing*
Dad'stepson Michael will be scattering the ashes soon over a nude beach, no kidding that's what dad wanted and also to scatter some ashes in the San Bernardino Mountains where he and Betty lived. Love Dori
Floyd Oscar Craig (1889 - 1962)
Virgia Alice Redifer Craig (1889 - 1954)
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Specifically: Daughter Doris Rhodes has her father's ashes.
Created by: Juliane Montgomery Burba...
Record added: Aug 05, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 55897311