Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 12, at the Washington High School Gymnasium in Cherokee. Chaplain Lt. Col Merrill Muller will officiate. Burial will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Cherokee.
Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. today with the family present from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. tonight at Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the family, with memorial contributions being made to the National Institutes of Health and the Children's Inn, in Adam's Memory. Online condolences may be sent at HYPERLINK "http://www.greenwoodfuneral.com" www.greenwoodfuneral.com.
Adam Craig, the son of Pam (Kolpin) Craig and Dan Craig, was born October 23, 1987, in Storm Lake. His childhood years were spent in Cherokee where he attended school and graduated from Washington High School in 2006.
Craig enlisted in the Iowa Army National Guard's Detachment 1, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 113th Cavalry, Le Mars, in Decembers 2004. He had been deployed in Afghanistan prior to being diagnosed with cancer.
The family of Sgt. Adam Craig stated, "Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure. You are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure. He was a loving and caring son, brother, husband, soldier, grandson, nephew, cousin, son-in-law and all-around friend. Adam's unique sense of humor and caring smile will be missed by all. His love for children and life in general will leave an impact on all who knew him."
He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Janet (Wieland) Kolpin, of Cherokee; grandfather, Harlan Kolpin, of Newton; grandmother, Virginia (Dykes) Craig, of Loveland, Colo.
Adam is survived by his mother, Pam (Kolpin) Craig of Cherokee; father, Dan Craig of Fremont, Neb; one sister, Abigail Craig of Cherokee; his wife, Hailey B. (Wynia) Craig of Sioux City; half sisters, Brianna and Madison Craig of Fremont, Neb; mother-in-law, Shari Parker of Sioux City; brother-in-law, Jestin Van Maanen of Sioux City; his grandfather, Ronald Craig and step-grandmother, Garnet (Adams) Craig of Storm Lake; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.