Jack Crafton of St. James, Missouri was born on December 7, 1931 in Indianapolis, Indiana to Roy and Alberta Nail Crafton and passed away at the age of 87 years, 3 months and 12 days.
He married Jean Alice Smallwood on August 18, 1956 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Rosati, Missouri.
After graduating high school he attended college for a short time. He served his country in the United States Navy in the Korean War and was stationed in Iceland. He received a Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.
He was a vital part of the St. James community. He was Post Master at St. James Post Office for 30 years. He was active and supportive in many civic activities of St. James, Missouri. With incredible ease he could strike up a conversation about the local ball teams or how the weather was affecting the local farmers. With his positive outlook on life he encouraged many young people on their path to success in sports, college or their occupation.
He and his wife Jean had a beautiful farm in St. James, Missouri. He loved raising cattle, working in the hay fields and riding his three wheeler and even sometimes turning the three wheeler over. Not being one to be idle, he kept busy in his retirement opening an antique shop. He also loved to work with wood and spent many hours in his wood shop making furniture.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Alberta Crafton; son, Michael Crafton on November 5, 1994; one brother, Leroy Crafton; and one sister, Pauline Gunter.
He is survived by his wife of the home, Jean Alice Crafton; daughters, Jennifer Ann Thompson and husband Shawn of Jefferson City, Missouri and Janet Creek and husband Jerry of Salem, Missouri; seven grandchildren, Sydney, Shawn Michael, Hannah, Tripp, Katie, Jacob and Dayton; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, March 22, 2019 at the Jones Funeral Home in St. James, Missouri.
Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at the St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Rosati, Missouri with Father Charles Pardee as Celebrant.
Pallbearers were John Smallwood, Jeff Smallwood, Pat Smallwood, Tom Smallwood, Dan Pherigo and Chaz Gunter.
Burial was at the Immaculate Conception Church Cemetery.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home in St. James, Missouri.