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December 21, 2013

Harry Norman Craft

Company president, WWII vet served in community

- — Harry Norman Craft died on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, in his home at 245 Francis Street in New Wilmington. He was 90.  

Married to Margaret Craft, his dearly beloved wife of 66 years, Harry grew up in Sharon. Confirmed at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Sharon, where he served as an altar boy, he was through all of his adult life a member of New Wilmington Presbyterian Church, where he was an elder.

Harry graduated from Sharon High School and, after serving World War II, from Pennsylvania State University. During the war he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross as a navigator for a B-24 on 35 missions over Europe through Dec. 26, 1944.

After the war, he remained in the Reserves and later became a liaison officer for the Air Force Academy, retiring from military service as a lieutenant colonel.

After an early career in the U.S. Soil Conservation Service, he joined his father-in-law, Victor Minteer, in the family contracting company, retiring as its long-time president. The company built many of the signature buildings at Westminster College and others throughout our region.

Deeply devoted to his community, Harry led civic and professional organizations, including New Wilmington Rotary Club, Western Pennsylvania-Eastern Ohio Builders Association, and Wilmington Area School Board.

He was named a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow and received the Distinguished Service Award from the Rotary Foundation. In 1979, he was honored with the Distinguished Citizen Award by New Wilmington Rotary Club.

Sustained by an abiding faith, Harry loved his family, treasured his friends, and served his country with honor.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Louise Craft, at the residence; two daughters, Marcia Andrews and her husband Holt, Spartanburg, SC.; and Betsy Wooster and her husband Matt, Hudson, Ohio; two sons, William Craft and his wife Anne, Moorhead, Minn.; and David Craft and his wife Nancy,  Doylestown, Pa.; nine grandchildren, Joshua (married to Elizabeth) and Meg Craft; Carrie and Rafe Andrews; James and Samuel Rogers; and Rachel, Jessie and Nathan Craft.

Dying before him were his parents, Harry and Norma; his sisters, Helen Louise and Alma; and Mary Tarry, who became a part of Harry’s family when he was a child.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Rotary Scholarship Fund.

CRAFT

Harry N., 90, of New Wilmington.

Calling hours: 4 to 7 p.m. Monday (12-23-13) in SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 310 W. Neshannock Ave., New Wilmington.

Service: Funeral service at 10 a.m. Tuesday (12-24-13) in New Wilmington Presbyterian Church, South Market Street.

 

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