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Lois J. (Decker) Craft

August 9, 1929 ~ June 10, 2019 (age 89)


Born on August 9, 1929 to Joye (Hager) and Clarence Decker in La Porte, Indiana. Lois was surrounded by a large family and loved the local lakes which she frequently hiked around, swam in, and ice skated on. She rode her bicycle everywhere which was a gift from her grandfather purchased through the families’ 3rd generation Decker Hardware store. Lois was active in school and church and was artistic and musical.

As a young fashionable woman Lois met Frank Craft Jr. They were sweetheart pen pals while he was in Europe during WWII. Once home they courted by evenings out dancing to big band orchestras. They married and moved to Indianapolis. Raising their three children, Lois worked with Frank in their partnership of Graybill-Craft Insurance Agency in Broad Ripple. She was active in PTA and school events, Meridian Heights Presbyterian Church, as well as taking good care of their children and the many tasks at home.

Lois semi-retired and moved to Crawfordsville to be close to her daughters. She remained active working through Experience Works at several locations in Crawfordsville.  She spent much time with her family and grand dogs. She loved keeping up on fashion, home trends, growing flowers, sports, and current events. 

Sadly, over the last three years her health began to decline and on June 10, 2019 Lois went to be with our Lord. A private family memorial gathering is to be held.

Lois was preceded in death by: Frank R Craft Jr., parents Joye and Clarence Decker, siblings Dorothy Johnson and Jack Decker (La Porte, IN), child siblings, Rena and Clarence Jr., and son-in-law Charlie Dresser.

She is survived by: son Dr. Dean Decker (Dianne) Craft (Vero Beach, FL), daughters Cecily Craft Dresser and Lora Craft Whiles (Crawfordsville, IN).

Grandchildren: Dr. Peter Craft (Lodi, NJ), Ryan Craft and Brant Craft (Boca Raton, FL), Reagan (Tim) Knobloch (Denver, CO), and Lindsey Whiles (Crawfordsville, IN).

Great Grandchildren: Seth and Emma Whiles, Anna, Joshua and Olivia Knobloch and Decker Craft.

Niece: Julie Becknell (La Porte, IN).

Memorial contributions can be made to the Montgomery County Animal Welfare League,1104 Big 4 Arch Rd. Crawfordsville, IN  47933

The children of Lois wish to extend a special thank you to Dr. Samira Molaei and all the staff at Franciscan Palliative Care and Hospice in Lafayette, IN for their nurturing kindness and support during a very difficult time.






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Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County
1104 Big 4 Arch Road, Crawfordsville IN 47933

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