Virgil “Bud” Willis Craig
June 19, 1933 – October 18, 2018
Virgil “Bud” Willis Craig lost a stubborn battle with old age (and cancer) on Oct. 18. He was 85 years old.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Kay, and his beloved sister, Patricia.
He is survived by four children: Ben, Karrie, Scott, and Heather; five grandchildren: Jessica, Caden, Darryl, Preston, and Taylor; and three great grandchildren: Teagan, Juniper, and Quincy.
Bud was born on June 19, 1933 in Oklahoma to Violet and Virgil Craig. As a child he moved to Thousand Oaks, CA with his mother and sister. There he met two families who would become life-long friends, the Smiths and the Meades.
Bud was drafted into the Army during the Korean War and was honorably discharged. After the war, he began working in machine shops and eventually the aerospace industry. His work included projects for the Gemini and Apollo space shuttle programs. His work brought him and his family to Minden, NV in 1990 and he retired several years later.
Bud’s favorite thing to talk about was his children and grandchildren. He loved attending their graduations, sporting events, and family dinners. Through much of his life he also enjoyed playing sports and being outdoors. He spent many summers at Twin Lakes, CA camping and fishing with family and friends.
He was a Boy Scout and engineer, which he proved by his ability to do and fix just about anything both at work and at home. Bud believed there was a right way to do everything and he strived to always do things just that way. His amazing stories, steadfast character, and love will be greatly missed.
A Celebration of Life is planned for Saturday, December 1st at 1:30 PM at the Douglas County Community Center, 1329 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville, NV.