Obituaries



James D. Craig

James D. Craig, 82, of Maple Rapids, MI, passed away Thursday, November 28, 2019, after a long and courageous battle with cancer surrounded by his family at Sparrow Hospital, Lansing, MI.

Funeral Services will be held at Maple Rapids Congregational Christian Church, Maple Rapids, MI, on Monday, December 2, 2019, at 11:00 A.M., with Pastor Jerry Kissling officiating. Burial will take place at Payne Cemetery, Fulton Township, MI. Visitation will be held on Sunday, December 1, 2019, from 2-8 P.M. with family present from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. at Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI.

James was born in Gratiot County, MI on May 31, 1937, the son of Vern and Reba (Underwood) Craig. On August 31, 1957 he married Shirley Conklin in Maple Rapids, MI. Jim graduated from Fulton High School with the class of 1955 and was a avid MSU fan graduating from there in 1961 with a bachelors degree. Jim retired from Federal Mogul in 1996 after 30 years of service, and he ran a tile machine business at the same time. Jim enjoyed hunting, gardening, and raising Angus Cattle. His children and grandchildren were very important to him. Jim and Shirley enjoyed traveling to Florida to their winter home every year. Jim attended church in Maple Rapids Congregational Christian Church and Somoset First Baptist Church in Florida. He was also a member of the Carson City Masonic Lodge #306.

He is survived by his wife Shirley Craig; 4 children: son Daniel Craig of Carson City, MI; daughter Teresa Moon and Robert Avey of Middleton, MI; son Brian and Vera Craig of Oklahoma; son Jeffery and Barbara Craig of Perrinton, MI; 5 grandchildren: Amber and Josh Eberhart, Tyler Craig, Jesse Moon, James Moon, Cole Craig; 1 great grandchild Benjamin Eberhart; and his sister Carol Barton. He was predeceased by his parents, 4 brothers: Clare, Gene, Jack and Gaylord; and 2 sisters: Dorothy and Joyce.

Memorials may be made to Maple Rapids Congregational Christian Church, 410 South Maple Ave., Maple Rapids, MI 48853 or Samoset First Baptist Church, 3200 15th Street East, Bradenton FL 34208. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes – Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI.


Raymond H. Taylor

Raymond H. Taylor, age 75, of Maple Rapids passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at Addington Place in Grand Rapids.

He was born to parents Ray and Tillie Taylor on March 6, 1944 in St. Johns.

Raymond worked for Motor Wheel in Lansing and retired after 32 years. He enjoyed camping, boating, working in his garden, participating in antique tractor shows, taking his sons to the Silver Lake dunes with the dune buggy, listening to the sound of his John Deere tractor, but most of all spending time with his family.

On September 4, 1964 Raymond married Joyce (Hancock) Taylor in Carson City. Together they shared 44 years of marriage, and had three sons.

Raymond is survived by his wife, Joyce of Maple Rapids, three sons: Rodney (Angie) Taylor of Orleans; Kevin Taylor of Maple Rapids; Brent (Janel) Taylor of Elwell; three grandsons: Zach (Ashley) Taylor, Aaron Taylor and fiancé Tori Carpenter, and Lewis Taylor; one great grand daughter, Lola. He is also survived by four sisters: Lillian Lawrence, Louise Stout, Dorothy Plume, and Marian Trembley. Raymond is proceeded in death by his parents, one brother: William Taylor; and three sisters: Evelyn Harrison, Caroline Holland, and Shirley Gooding.

A private memorial service will be held.

Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.