Craig E. Worple

craig worple
Craig E. Worple, age 52, of Elma, IA died Thursday, March 29, 2012 at Regional Health Services of Howard County in Cresco, IA. Craig Edward was born on October 18, 1959 to John and Mary (Dempsey) Worple in Riceville, IA. He graduated from Crestwood High School in Cresco in 1978. Craig was united in marriage to Nancy Freidhof on June 9, 1979 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Lourdes, IA. To this union three children were born; Courtney, Marcy and Shawna. The couple made their home near Elma. Craig was employed at Great Plains Supply in Elma for several years before becoming employed by Howard County Equity where he worked as a feed truck driver until he retired for health reasons. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, Jimmie Johnson NASCAR racing, watching the Minnesota Vikings and grilling at family functions. He especially loved his children, grandchildren and his pets. Craig was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Elma, the Elma Volunteer Fire Department and Elma Sportsman’s Club. Craig is survived by his parents, John and Mary Worple of Elma; his wife of 32 years, Nancy of Elma; his children, Courtney Worple of Rochester, MN, Marcy (David) Rochford of New Hampton, IA and Shawna (Mark) Abbas of New Hampton; six grandchildren, Ceana, Jalen, Layla and Lexis Britton, Rylie Rochford and Kaden Abbas; his one brother, Steve (Kay) Worple of Cresco, IA; his grandma, Frances Dempsey of Elma; several aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Ronald Dempsey; his paternal grandparents, Edward and Frieda Worple; his sister, Christine Pietan and nephew Blake Worple. Cemetery: Burial will be at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in St. Cecilia, IA. Memorials may be directed to the family. with a 4:30pm scriptural wake service at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in Elma and will continue at the funeral home one hour prior to the funeral mass on Monday. 2012 at Immaculate Conception Church in Elma with Father Ray Atwood celebrating.

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  1. Love you brother-in-law.
    I’ll miss you but I know you are happy in heaven.
    Greatest of all, you get to spend easter with Jesus!
    Love you all, my family and I am with you in prayer.
    Katherine Geralyn

  2. To all the family ,my sympathies to you. Keep close to your heart all the good memories and share them often with each other.
    Sharon Reicks and Bob Cox

  3. We are thinking of you during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  4. You guys are a great family. I have so many memories of the Worples growing up. I think I told Marce this, but last summer, I talked to your dad at the park on Elma Days. He told me how fortunate he felt to have his girls, and he wouldn’t trade them in for anything. Naturally, I asked “even court?” and he said he wouldn’t trade her in for anything either 🙂 Please know I love you all. Maybe he’s playing fetch with coco..

  5. All our thoughts and prayers go out to your family. Cherish the memories. Sorry for your loss.

  6. Dear Nancy and Family;I’m very sorry for your loss. May his memories live on in your hearts. He shared the exact same birthday with me! Please take care and may your life be happy always.

  7. John & Mary as a classmate our prayers go out to you and the rest of the family that knew Craig. Were sure he was a loving son, husband, and father. Everlasting Life is a much better life than what we endure on earth. His life is fulfilled and we are the ones who mourn.

  8. John and Mary, We are so sorry to hear about Craig. Our hearts go out to you. Thinking of you. Love, Marv and Lorilee

  9. John and Mary: So very sorry to hear of this loss. It is not fair to lose children. Our sincere sympathy to you. Will continue to keep you in our prayers. Lotsa love Alice

  10. Nancy, we are saddened for your loss. And also to Marcy, Shawna, Courtney, and the Worple family. Our thoughts and prayers with sympathy. God Bless.

  11. to the Worple family – so sorry to hear of your loss – stay close and remember all the good times you had with your dad – i will remember you in my prayers

  12. To the Worple family so so sorry for your loss you will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  13. To the Worple Family:
    So sorry to hear about Craig.
    You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

  14. Extending my sympathy to The Worple family. Marcy and Shawna – so sorry to hear of your loss. Knowing both of you, there are many happy memories – Hang on to them.
    Mary Lee

  15. I’m sorry to hear of Craig’s death. Way too soon. You have my sympathy and prayers, cousin.

  16. John and Mary, Steve, Nancy, Courtney, Marcy, Shawna, and all the Worple family. I was so sorry to hear about the loss of Craig! He was a great person and friend. I will always remember the many hunting and fishing trips with Craig! I wish I was able to make it to his service. You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Nate Popenhagen

  17. Nancy&Family
    My sympathy and prayers to all.
    I am so sorry I can’t be there with you all in this time of need.I went to the Doctor yesterday and I have bronchitis.Hope with the medicine it will help with the cough and I can get some sleep.Be thinking of you all.The Lord be with you all.
    Love, Aunt Shirley&Family

  18. To all the Worple family, John and Mary and Nancy and the girls. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of loss. He will be remembered and missed dearly.

  19. What a beautiful video tribute to Craig. Our prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Sending our love from afar…. Errin Schie and Nate Shannon

  20. Great video memories! Thanks. Brings back a lot of memories for me of my what Craig did with me…fishing and hunting.

  21. he will be mist maybe god had something for him to do there he will be in my prays tim+sue freidhof

  22. Kathy,

    Very sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that I will be holding you and your familiy in the Light of Christ. As we celebrate Holy Week and move towards Easter, the promise of the Resurrection must bring you some peace. I will offer the intention of my morning prayer this week for Craig and your family.


    Rick Mihm

  23. So very sorry for your loss May the God of comfort continue to furnish the family with peace and hope during this difficult time.
    John 5:28,l29.

  24. we just found out about Craig and were so sorry to have missed his wake and funeral. Nance, you and the girls, John & Mary, Steve & Kay and family are in our thoughts and prayers. Wished we would have known about Craig’s passing.

  25. Nancy & girls, Aunt Mary & Uncle John, Steve & family-
    Our hearts go out to you all. Craig was a wonderful person & I know he will be deeply missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Sending you love & hugs. Anne, Chris, Maddie & Emilie Ladner

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