Lloyd E. Craig, 82, Winfield: Feb. 1, 1933 – March 11, 2015

031315-lloydcraigWINFIELD, Kan. – Lloyd E. Craig, 82, of Winfield, passed away March 11, 2015.

Lloyd was born on Feb. 1, 1933, in New Salem, to George L. and Nellie I. Craig.  He graduated from Winfield High School in 1951, and received a teaching degree in industrial arts from Kansas State University in 1956.

After graduation, Lloyd was called to active duty on May 29, 1956. He served in the United States Air Force from May 1956 to May 1959 and achieved the rank of captain. During the 1960s-1970s, Lloyd served as transportation officer at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita.  From 1975 to 1980, he served as a USAF Academy CO liaison officer for Kansas.

While stationed at Harlingen, Texas, Lloyd made a quick trip back to Winfield to marry Shirley M. Froemming on Feb. 22, 1957. The couple lived the military life in Harlingen; Sacramento, Calif.; Stead AFB, Nevada; and Forbes AFB in Topeka.  Eventually, they made their way back to Winfield where they established their home and had three daughters, Peggy, Carol and Karen, all of Winfield.

Once back in Winfield, Lloyd began working for the Courier (now Winfield Publishing Company) under publisher W.W. Keith. He continued working for the Courier up to the time of his death. Lloyd’s many positions at the Courier included circulation manager, advertising sales, advertising manager and general manager, and he was currently holding the position of publisher. Lloyd had also served as general manager of the Arkansas City Traveler and the Newkirk (Okla.) Herald-Journal, before becoming publisher at Winfield Publishing Co.

Within the community, Lloyd served as the Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce president in 1971 and as the Lions Club president in 1982. In April 2014, Lloyd was named as an Exemplary Older Worker by the Kansas Department of Commerce and the Older Worker Task Force. In April 2015, Lloyd will posthumously receive the Gaston Outstanding Mentor Award from the Kansas Press Association.

Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, George Craig Jr., of Denver, Colo.

Survivors include his wife Shirley and his three daughters Peggy, Carol and Karen.

Services will be 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Swisher-Taylor Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 3 to 7 p.m.

Memorials are to Winfield Main Street through Legacy, Winfield Lions Club sight project, the Cowley County Humane Society or to the donor’s choice.

One Response to Lloyd E. Craig, 82, Winfield: Feb. 1, 1933 – March 11, 2015

  1. OsageWayne says:

    Even though I hadn't talked to him in a couple of years, I'll really miss this guy. He was the best boss and the best friend I had while I was in the newspaper business. He believed newspapers should not only serve the publishers, but also serve the community, unlike other publishers I have worked for. One thing you could say about Lloyd is he was "foxhole material".

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