Richard “Dick” Lyle Craft, age 87 of Plymouth, IN passed away on Friday, June 24, 2022 at 3:30 p.m. in his home surrounded by his loving family.

Dick was born the son of Harry and Gladys (Shanks) Craft on August 8, 1934 in South Bend, IN. He was a lifelong resident of the Plymouth area and graduated from Knox High School, then went on to graduate from Ball State University and also received a Master’s degree from St. Francis College in Ft. Wayne, IN. He married Welma Abert on January 4, 1958. He taught typing at Culver Military Academy as well as teaching Driver’s Education for 42 years at C.M.A., he also taught Physical Education at Washington, Webster, and Jefferson in the Plymouth School Corporation. He served in the United States Army from August 2, 1955 through August 1, 1957 at 5th Army Headquarters in Chicago as an auditor. He was a member of the Moose and Elks Lodges in Rochester, IN. He went skydiving at age 70, and he traveled internationally to 50 countries after being a counselor for the American Institute of Foreign Studies. He enjoyed cooking, smoking ribs, HAM radio operating, SCUBA diving, international travel, and along with Wilma, enjoyed traveling for ballroom dancing.

Dick is survived by his wife, Welma; his sons: Scott (Mary Lynn) Craft of Plymouth, IN; Brian (Beth) Craft of Plymouth, IN; and Stephen (Pamela) Craft of Plymouth, IN; his grandchildren: Cory Craft; Sarah Craft; Zachary Craft; Fletcher Craft; Natasha Craft; Nathan Craft; and Nicholas Craft; along with his grand-dogs, which he dearly loved.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents.

Direct cremation has been chosen and no services are planned.

Memorial donations may be made to: Marshall County Humane Society (11165 13th Rd., Plymouth, IN 46563).

Thank you to all our friends and community for your support during this difficult time.

Deaton-Clemens Van Gilder Funeral Home is honored to be caring for the Craft family and wishes to express our deepest condolences to them. Deaton-Clemens Van Gilder Funeral Home would also like to thank Richard Lyle Craft for his dedicated service in the United States Army. 

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