Philip Gordon Craver, Kaw City, Okla. resident, died early Monday morning, May 20 at his home. He was 61.
The son of Almous Gordon Craver, Jr. and LaVon Angela Novak Craver, Philip was born Sept. 29, 1957 in Hawthorne. He grew up and received his education in Hawthorne, graduating from high school there in 1975. Following graduation Philip entered the U. S. Air Force, serving stateside. He then served in the National Guard. After receiving his Honorable Discharge, Philip went to Texas where he was employed in aircraft maintenance.
On Jan. 16, 1993 Philip and Ada LeAnn McCombs were married at Lake Tahoe where they lived for a year and a half. They moved to Midwest City, Okla. where he worked for Downtown Airpark. Two years later they moved to Wichita and he was employed with Bombardier-Lear Jet. He eventually had to take disability retirement and after his wife retired in 2016 they moved to the Newkirk area, making their home near Kaw City.
Philip enjoyed working on all kinds of engines including race cars and boats. He also enjoyed ATVing.
Philip is survived by his wife, LeAnn “Annie”, of the home; his sons: Brandon Craver and his fiancé Bele Benardof and Tanner Craver, all of Wichita; his step children: Terry and Kelly Ford of Newkirk and Staci Ford of Midwest City; his father, Almous Craver, Jr. of Hawthorne; his mother, LaVon DeCrona and her husband Don of Reno; his brothers: Allan Parks of Fallon, and Terry and Carolyn Parks of Longview, Wash.; a brother-in-law: Stan McCombs and his wife Rosie of Newkirk; his grandchildren: Emerie Craver, Takoda Bryce, Jacie Bryce, Halie Ford, Collin Ford his fiancé Taylan Elam, Kristyn Ford and Tyler Ford and nephews: Eric Parks and Jason Parks.
Cremation has been effected under the direction of Miller-Stahl Funeral Service. The family will host a Celebration of Life service this summer.
Those wishing to may make a memorial contribution in Philip Craver’s name to Hospice of North Central Oklahoma, 445 Fairview Ave., Ponca City, OK 74601-1923.