- Local Guide
Thomas Quentin "Tucker" Craft, 93, passed away Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, peacefully, surrounded by his family and his close friend, Irene Grube, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
Mr. Craft was born in Punxsutawney on Jan. 22, 1920.
He was a descendant of Abraham Craft, a pioneer settler of the Punxsutawney area.
He was married 65 years to his sweetheart, Doris Marcella (Heeter) Craft, who preceded him in death.
Together they raised three daughters who gave them six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
As a teenager during the Depression, Tucker served in the Civilian Conservation Corps at Camp Shelocta.
Coming from a family of railroaders, he later found employment at the B&O Railroad as a Steam Locomotive Fireman.
He was a World War II veteran, having served in the Pacific Theatre for the railroad unit of the U.S. Army.
He served as a Locomotive Engineer, transporting supplies and troops.
He was later assigned to Korea, where he was an engineer for the Army on that country's railroad.
Mr. Craft returned to Punxsutawney and his family when his WWII service ended.
He rejoined the B&O Railroad, where he advanced from Fireman to Engineer and retired as an Engineer for the Chessie System in 1981.
Tucker was a longtime communicant at Ss. Cosmas & Damian Church, a member of the Knights of Columbus, Fourth Degree and the Ancient Order of Hibernians, as well as a community volunteer in Punxsutawney.
Mr. Craft was preceded in death by his parents, Dorothy Belle (Thomas)
Craft-Kephart and Edward J. "Guy" Craft; his sister, Beryl Craft Nicholson; and a brother, James R. Craft.
He is survived by a sister, Elizabeth Brumbaugh; three daughters, Darlene A. Oblak, Dorothy G. Sturm and Susan E. Klebacha, who remained at his side until his peaceful passing.
Also surviving are his grandchildren, Thomas, Geoffrey and Stephen Oblak and Kyle, Leslie and Michelle Sturm; and his great-grandchildren, Kylie Mary, John Ryan, James Thomas, Kerry Rose, Drew Quentin, Samuel Craft, Ian Tucker and Stewart Otto Oblak and Kate and Jack Sturm.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at the McCabe Funeral Home in Punxsutawney.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, at Ss. Cosmas & Damian Church with Msgr. Joseph Riccardo as celebrant.
Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by the Jefferson County Veteransâ€™ Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions may be made to Ss. Cosmas & Damian Church, Punxsutawney Area Hospital, the American Red Cross or to the charity of the donor's choice.
Online condolences may be made at mccabefuneralhomes.com.