Gary Dale CravenFebruary 7, 1949 ~ April 19, 2017 (age 68)
Gary Dale Craven
On Wednesday, April 19, 2017, Gary Dale Craven went to live in the loving arms of Jesus. His wife Lynette, and friend and caregiver Deb Ventre, were by his side.
Gary was born in Mansfield, Ohio on February 7, 1949. He grew up in Mt. Gilead, Ohio, where his family owned and operated Craven Funeral Home. After graduating from Mt. Gilead High School, where he excelled academically and in football and basketball, he attended the U.S. Air Force Academy, Miami University and graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. Gary later received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Regents College.
He worked as a funeral director at Craven Funeral Home while living in Ohio, as well as several other funeral homes in other states later in life. He moved to Boise, Idaho in the early 1990s to join his mother and his brother and family. Gary worked at Hewlett Packard for a number of years before becoming a Deputy Coroner for Ada County, Idaho. Upon leaving the Coroner's Office, he became a Real Estate Agent/Broker. He retired from real estate in 2016.
Gary had an infectious smile and a keen sense of humor. He shared a passion for collecting firearms with his brother Roger, and enjoyed hunting, ATV riding and traveling with his wife in their RV.
Gary is survived by his wife, best friend and helpmate Lynette Campbell Craven; his two children, Dalena Craven of Ohio, and Carl Craven of Georgia; two stepsons, Ross Scherer and Todd Scherer; three granddaughters, Alyssa Shamblin, Alexis Litton and Keeley Scherer; and three great-grandchildren - Violet, Eli and Athena; a niece and nephew, Kimberly Williams and Cameron Craven. He was preceded in death by his parents, Max Craven and Bernadeen Dowd, his brother Roger Craven and his sister Barbara Mahoney.
Gary loved the Lord and lived each and every day to serve and help others. Gary and Lynette were very active in the Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Boise, serving as leaders in the Food Pantry and various other ministries. Just prior to his illness, Gary was accepted as a Chaplain with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Rapid Response Team. He completed all of the required training and coursework and had his bag packed ready to be deployed. To honor Gary and carry this legacy forward, the family has asked in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Rapid Response Team at 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28201, or online at https://billygraham.org/donation/rapid-response-team/
A Celebration of Gary's life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on May 4, 2017 at the Vineyard Christian Fellowship, 4950 E. Bradley, Garden City, Idaho 83714. A graveside service is also being planned in Mt. Gilead, Ohio, although the date is pending at this time.