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James Craig Peterson, 69, Kokomo, passed away at 7:11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, at his home. He was born Oct. 30, 1948, in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of James A. and Barbara A. (Taff) Peterson.
Craig was a 1966 graduate of Harrison High School in Kansas City, Missouri. He graduated in 1970 from Indiana University with a bachelor's degree in recreation and park administration, and then received his master's degree in 1972 in outdoor recreation and education. Craig was director of Howard County Park Department from 1972 to 1981, and owner and operator of Clean Sweep Chimney Service from 1981 to 2001. He retired from Marsh Supermarkets after 16 years of service.
Craig loved life, travel, nature, adventure, and food. He was known for his delicious cheesecakes and award-winning chili. His quirky sense of humor and irresistible charm touched everyone he met. A day with Craig was a day to remember. He enjoyed camping, fishing, art and photography. Craig celebrated life and cherished time spent with Lori and his family.
Craig is survived by his longtime partner, Lori L. Krebes; children, Mira L. Warner and Maja A. (John) Allman, and Matthew Gaddy; father, James A. (Janice) Peterson; grandchildren, Aubriee L. Warner, Zayla M. Warner, and Wyatt N. Warner; and sister, Chris (Matt) Miller.
Craig was preceded in death by his mother, Barbara A. Peterson, and son-in-law, John M. Warner.
The family would like to thank Guardian Angel Hospice staff, Kelley, Marlena, Brook, Anissa, and Chanelle for their care and compassion.
A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory, 1315 W. Lincoln Road, Kokomo. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Messages of condolence may be left online at www.shirleyandstout.com.
Published on February 22, 2018
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