Steven Bruce Craig

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Steven Bruce Craig, 69, Paola, Kan., passed away Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020, at his home. Cremation with a private family Celebration of Life at a future date. Memorial contributions may be made to Horses and Heroes, 22052 W. 66th St. No. 207 Shawnee, KS 66226. Condolences may be left at Arrangements are made by Bruce Funeral Home, 712 S. Webster, Spring Hill, Kansas 66083 (913) 592-2244.

Steve was born in Garnett, Kan., on June 5, 1951, to Dory Doyle and Bonnie Lee (Layher) Craig. He grew up in Lenexa, Kan., and graduated from Shawnee Mission West High School. Steve was a veteran of the United States Marines and Army, serving in both branches of service for four years each. Steve married Carolyn Sue Rinehart on June 3, 2000, in Spring Hill, Kan. He worked for Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department, from which he retired. He started his own painting business, Craig’s Painting. Because of Steve’s love of horseback riding, he began S&S Stables, Hillsdale, Kan., in 1998. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, reading, country dancing and drag racing. He expressed his creativity through wood working and stain glass projects.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Sue, of the home; children, Jason Craig, Paola, Kan., John and wife, Julie Kleier, Olathe, Kan., Tina Kunz and fiancé, Arik Tillery, Gardner, Kan., and Tim and wife, Abby Kleier; siblings, Mark and wife, Cindy Craig, Olathe, Kan., and Cris Wood, Overland Park, Kan.; 12 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.