Craig Staebler, age 58, of 1027 Grant Street, passed away January 2, 2015, at the Israel Family Hospice House in Ames.
Following his wishes, he has been cremated.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held Friday, January 9, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. at Schroeder Memorial Chapel at Sixth and Marshall with Scott Benesh officiating. His cremains will be buried privately in Rose Hill Cemetery, west of Boone.
Craig Francis Staebler was born in Jefferson, Iowa, on January 24, 1956, the son of August and Marjorie (Hollingshead) Staebler.
The family moved to the Ames area and Craig graduated from Gilbert High School in 1974.
On July 23, 2005, Craig married April Crotts at Don Williams Park in Boone County.
Craig began working at Iowa State University at the power plant in 1975 and later became supervisor of utility services.
He was diagnosed with cancer in May of 2014.
Craig was a member of the B.P.O.Elks #2306 of Jefferson, a life member of the Loyal Order of Moose #104 of Boone, a member of the Moose Legion #139, and a social member of the V.F.W. #817 of Boone. Craig enjoyed playing darts, golfing, dancing, karaoke, playing cards, reading, riding his motorcycle, visiting casinos, and playing electronic bowling.
He also enjoyed camping, especially during the summer at Don Williams, and spending time with family and friends.
Craig was a dedicated Hawkeye fan despite working for Iowa State University for almost 40 years.
He is preceded in death by his mother Marjorie, and grandparents, Ray and Mercedes Hollingshead and Frank and Irma Staebler.
Craig is survived by his wife April of Boone; three sons, Matthew Staebler and wife Lindsey of Oxford, Christopher Staebler and wife Heather of Fillmore, Indiana, and Andrew Richards of Boone; two daughters Jessica Brogden and husband Jason and Ann Barrow and husband Brian, all of Boone; his father August ‘Bud’ Staebler of Boone; one sister Kathy Bice and husband Mike of Woodward; brother-in-law Clarence Crotts Jr. of Boone; sisters-in-law June Densing of Mystic, New York, and Tammy Crotts of Webster City; 16 grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.
Friends may call at the Schroeder Memorial Chapel on Thursday from 2 until 8 p.m. where the family will be present from 6 until 8 p.m.
On Friday, friends may call from 8 a.m. until service time.
In memory of Craig, memorials may be directed to the family.