Earl Charles Craig III, 69, of Bloomington, passed away Monday (Feb. 5, 2018) at Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn.

Earl was born July 27, 1948, in Bloomington. He was the first child of Earl Jr. and Marilyn Stone Craig. He married Karen Jo Shipley on Aug. 24, 1974.

He is survived by his wife; his children, Andrew and Haley (Tom Schenk) Craig; his father; his brothers, Gary and Steven (Lori) Craig; his sister, Lori Reed; his nieces, Debbie (Shawn) Taylor and Kristi (Jason) Polin; and his nephews, Brent Shipley and Evan and Jordan Craig.

He was preceded in death by his mother and his grandparents.

Earl graduated from Normal Community High School in 1966. He was in the Air Force for four years and played in the Air Force band. He attended ISU where he and Karen met.

He recently retired from State Farm Insurance Co. after 42 years of service.

Earl loved his family and was excited to see it start growing. He will forever be missed but his family finds comfort in knowing he is at peace.

His visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at East Lawn Funeral Home, Bloomington. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will follow in East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington. Pallbearers will be his son, Andrew Craig; his brother, Steven Craig; his brother-in-law, Bill Shipley; his nephews, Brent Shipley and Evan Craig; and his daughter’s fiancé, Tom Schenk. Honorary pallbearer is his brother, Gary Craig.

The family would like to thank the staff of the adult surgical heart unit at Advocate Christ Medical Center.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can me made out to the family to help with medical expenses.

Condolences may be shared with the family at eastlawn-bloomington.com.

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