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Charles Craynon

February 14, 1940 ~ January 6, 2024 (age 83) 83 Years Old
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Charles Craynon Obituary

Charles R. (Chuck) Craynon

Retired Captain, United States Marine Corps

February 14, 1940 – January 6, 2024

Charles "Chuck" Craynon, age 83, retired Marine and deputy sheriff, and beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away on Saturday January 6, 2024, after a brief illness.

Charles is survived by his wife Betty “Susie” Craynon (née Smith), his daughter Felicia Billups and her husband David, his son Shawn and his wife Shelba Strange, his grandson Steven Billups and his wife Stephanie Fabbro, and his grandson Andrew Billups and his wife Kaitlin (née O’Connell). He is predeceased by his father Millard Craynon, his mother Susanna Craynon, his son Phillip Keith Craynon, and his sister Dorothy Bickford and her husband Paul.

Charles was born in Lexington, and raised in Weeksbury, Kentucky, a coal mining region. After his father passed away in his teens, Charles graduated high school from Our Lady of the Mountains School. Following graduation, he joined the Marine Corps at age seventeen to support his mother, declining a scholarship from Xavier University.

Charles spent twenty years (1957-1977) on active duty with the Marine Corps, starting as enlisted, and retiring as a Captain. During this time, he served two tours of Vietnam, four months in Japan, and two months in Africa. He was also stationed on ships in various Mediterranean countries. During his active duty, Charles had different assignments, including electronic warfare, linguistics, and nuclear weapons. During his time in Vietnam, he also worked with the Vietnamese to dig wells and help construct orphanages.

After retiring from the military, Charles moved to Sidney, Ohio. He initially worked for Monnier and Company Accounting Firm before becoming a deputy sheriff. He then served as Common Pleas Court Chief Probation Officer, Bailiff and Court Administrator.

While in Sidney, Charles was a dedicated servant to the community. He was also involved in many state and national activities. Locally, he served on the City Council, the Shelby County Board of Elections, Kiwanis, Children's Services, the American Legion, the Shelby County Democratic Party, and the Boy Scouts of America Troop 97. On the state level, Charles served as treasurer for the Ohio American Legion. On the national level, he was on the Aerospace Committee for the American Legion.

Charles was happily married to his wife, Susie for sixty-three years. He was a great friend and a proud parent and grandparent. He had a passion for people, and always looked to enrich the lives of those around him. He will be deeply missed and will leave behind an unfillable void for his family, friends, and community.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 8:00 PM on Friday, January 12th at the Adams Funeral Home, 1401 Fair Rd, Sidney, OH 45365. Graveside services will be held at a later date with full military honors provided by the United States Marine Corps, Quantico, Virginia and Shelby County veterans.

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January 12, 2024

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Adams Funeral Home
1401 Fair Road
Sidney, Ohio 45365


Sidney American Legion Post 217
1265 4th Avenue, Sidney OH


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