Craig Allan Willaby, 63, of Tama, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, at Grinnell Regional Medical Center. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 1 p.m. at Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home in Tama with Pastor Thomas Dowling officiating. A Memorial Visitation will be held Saturday, Feb. 25, from noon 1 p.m. at Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home in Tama.
Craig was born on Aug. 2, 1948, in Belle Plaine, the son of Irven and Kathryn (McGrew) Willaby.
He graduated from South Tama High School in 1966. Craig was a live games dealer at the Meskwaki Casino for 17 years. He also worked at the Times Republican in Marshalltown.
Craig Allan Willaby
On August 6, 2001, he married Kristine Butterfield in Tama. Craig enjoyed golfing and watching sports, especially the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Cubs, Iowa Hawkeyes, and the Boston Celtics. He also enjoyed being with people, socializing and telling jokes.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his sister, Charyn Dawn Willaby; and his step-son, Daniel Butterfield.
Survivors include his wife Kristine Butterfield, Tama; three daughters, Katheryn McBurney, Kristin (Steven) Huyser, and Kallie Willaby all of Newton; a step-son, Matthew Butterfield of Waterloo; two grandchildren, Emma Hendricksen and Roman McBurney; his siblings, Cheryl (Dave) McClurg, Newton, Joel (Mary) Willaby, Chelsea, and Kevin (Charlene) Willaby, Toledo; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial fund has been established.