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Craig Thomas Coker

07/12/1959 - 02/06/2022

Craig Thomas Coker, age 62, passed away February 6, 2022, at his home.

Craig was born on July 12, 1959 to William and Phyllis (Blase) Coker in Valdosta, GA. He graduated from Lincoln High School in Lincoln, KS with the class of 1977. Craig was engaged to Denise Farlin from Mesa, AZ.

Craig completed his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Wichita State University, Wichita, KS and completed his Master’s in Business Administration at Keller Graduate School of Management, DeVry University.

He was a Certified Public Accountant (certified by the state of Arizona) and had worked in a variety of accounting positions with organizations such as the Kansas Department of Revenue, Fuller Brush, B. F. Goodrich, Arch Chemicals, Network Infrastructure Corp, Textron Defense Systems, and Banda Group International. At the time of his death, he was the Controller and was part of the ‘start-up team’ for Neotek Energy Inc., an oil and gas management company.

Craig’s passion was baseball; he loved the Atlanta Braves and K.C. Royals. Plus, he had plans to visit all professional baseball stadiums in the United States. People close to him knew that he loved weather (he often acted as an amateur metrologist), a human music encyclopedia, a beach lover, and enjoyed making people laugh. For fun, he played in black jack tournaments, enjoyed craps, and liked to bet on the ‘ponies’. He also enjoyed his trips to Colorado and Kansas to spend time with his family and close friends.

Craig is survived by his fiancé, Denise Farlin, sister Terri (Don) Yohon, and a nephew, William (Bridget) Yohon. He was preceded in death by his parents and step-father, Dean Long.

The cremation will take place on February 23, 2022 and his ashes will be scattered at a later date at places he loved.

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  • Michael Anderson

    You are truly missed my friend. Our monthly betting on the ‘ponies’ was always one of my favorite days. A couple of adult beverages and chicken wings grilled if the cook wasn’t in a bad mood!! Love ya man see again someday!!

  • I remember his working in Cost Accounting at the Fuller Brush Company. I know he will be remembered and missed by many. May you be comforted by your memories of him. Blessings.

  • Sharen Durler Pflughoeft

    My heart is sad to hear of our dear friend and Fuller Family co-worker’s passing. I was blessed to call Craig “friend” and so thankful for times shared and memories made at Fuller and the many gatherings at the Fuller Picnics, Vet Park Float Races, Baseball Games, and just hanging out during those years in Great Bend.

    Craig pulled out many accounting “miracles” during his years with Fuller..and when “miracles” were elusive…well, let’s just say that his frustration often ended up with one of those sneaky smiles of his and a “I think it’s time to go to Al’s”! We shared a lot of laughter and yes, a “few” beers back in those days.

    My deepest sympathy for your great loss. May Almighty God provide peace and strength as you endure this difficult time. My prayers are for friends to comfort you, faith to sustain you, and loving memories to help you smile again. Craig is in our hearts and prayers.

  • I hope this comment posts to Sharon. Thank you for your prayers. I enjoyed working with you as did Craig. Terri

  • I’ve known Craig for about four years when I met him and the gang at Cheddars in Garland, Texas. He was kind, funny and entertaining to us and he and his witty self will really be missed. My condolences to his loved ones, especially his family and Denise. May our dear Lord give you comfort. He was taken too soon. Rest In Peace my friend.

  • My deepest condolences to Craig and his families. We had the best time working together at Crane Co. under Crane Wireless Solutions. We had similar birthday dates and no matter, we always connected on our respective days to catch up. Craig will be missed.

  • Julia, thank you for your kind words. He so enjoyed his time at Cheddars with all his friends. He was a very fun and happy man and knew how to make others laugh. I miss him so much.

  • To Ilene, Thank you for your condolences. Craig had nothing but good things to say about you.

  • To Michael, I am going to miss his horse betting with you as he would always come home and fill me in on your wins and losses. He always had a great time going.

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