Marion USD 408 SAC (Sports and Aquatics Center)
Saturday February 26th, 2022
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Robert P. Craft
Rob’s life began on August 31, 1957, in Winfield. He was the son of Norman L. and Joyce L. (Price) Craft. Rob was a 1975 graduate of Clay Center High School where he played several sports, especially football. He joined the United States Marine Corps in 1976 and upon his return from boot camp, Rob married the love of his life Janet “Jan” Crawford on June 5, 1976, in Clay Center. The young couple lived in California, Tennessee, and North Carolina while Rob served in the Marines. He left the Marine Corps in 1980 and went to the Kansas Highway Patrol Academy. Rob was stationed at Marion, Kansas when he graduated from the academy, and they made Marion their home. He served with the KHP for 27 years, retiring as a firearms and ordinance instructor in 2007. After retirement, Rob ran successfully for the office of the Sheriff of Marion County. He has served as the Marion County Sheriff for three terms and was in the midst of his fourth term in the office. Rob was an avid golfer at the Hillsboro Municipal Golf Course, and he also enjoyed hunting. He was a member of the Post 366 of the American Legion in Hillsboro, the Kansas Sheriff’s Association and so many other activities. Rob involved himself with everything and everyone because of his sense of service to others. His greatest joy in life was his family. He is survived by his wife Jan Craft of Marion, father Norman Craft of Marion, son Shaun Craft of Marion, grandchildren Iliana, Gannon, and Colt Craft, brother Steve (Valentina) Craft of Brazil, brother in laws Randy Crawford of Hillsboro and Robert (Cheryl) Crawford of Clyde, KS and many nieces and nephews. Rob passed away on Wednesday February 16, 2022, at Stormont Vail Medical Center in Topeka. He is preceded in death by his mother Joyce, and daughter in law Jenny Craft. Rob’s family will gather with friends on Saturday February 26, 2022, at 10:30 a.m. at the Marion Sports and Aquatic Center for his memorial service led by Pastor Carl Helm of the First Christian Church. Memorials can be made out to USD 408. Yazel Megli Funeral Home is serving the family. Please sign his online guestbook and leave a memory of Rob at www.yazelmeglifh.com.
Jan & Shawn sending our love & sympathy for your great loss of Rob.
Robert & Bonnie Schmidt Feb 28 2022 2:45 PM
A candle was lit in memory of Robert Craft
Richard L Craft Feb 26 2022 12:31 PM
Heartfelt thoughts and remembrances of a man who gave of himself for the good in his life.
Dan Brown, KHP ret. Feb 26 2022 12:24 PM
Jan and Family, Words can not express my appreciation and gratitude for knowing Rob. He was loved and respected by so many including myself. It is just hard to put into words. I hope God will give you peace and strength during this time.
Tina Novak Feb 26 2022 11:52 AM
Jan, Shaun & family you are in our thoughts and prayers. We honor the mission of Rob's life work. May God give you strength and peace today and in the days and months to come.
Bob and Yvonne Bartley Feb 26 2022 11:40 AM
I first met Rob when I became the new Golf Course Superintendent at the Hillsboro Municipal Golf Course. Rob served on the Golf Course Association Board, as we know he was an avid golfer. The other board members asked if I had ever met Rob before. I said, "no, I've never been pulled over." Rob looked at me and said, "we can change that." We all laughed and I knew that Rob would be someone I could get along with on the golf course. He was always joy filled and passionate about what he was doing both vocationally and with his hobbies. I want to thank Rob and his family for all they have done for their community and Marion County. Many prayers, blessings, and love. You will be missed greatly Rob.
Avery and Kara Unruh Feb 26 2022 11:35 AM
Jan and Shaun, we are so sorry for the great sadness, the emptiness you and your family are feeling. Rob was an important presence in our community and he will be missed our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Bruce and Belinda Skiles
Bruce and Belinda Skiles Feb 26 2022 11:09 AM
A candle was lit in memory of Robert Craft
Gary and Paula Loveless Feb 26 2022 10:55 AM
Jan & Shaun so sorry for your loss, Rob was a good husband & father, he truly will be missed. Cliff & Connie
Cliff Feb 26 2022 10:14 AM
I first met Rob when I became the Golf Course Superintendent at the Hillsboro Municipal Golf Course. Rob served the course on the Golf Course Association Board. He was always filled with joy and took a positive outlook in every situation. I thank Rob and his family for all they have done for the community and Marion County as a whole. He will be missed greatly. Prayers, love, and blessings for the family.
Avery Unruh Feb 26 2022 9:01 AM