Lewis Gossett Craft

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Lewis Gossett Craft, 90, of Baton Rouge and formerly of Florien, passed away peacefully at sunrise on May 25, 2018. He was born in Kisatchie on July 27, 1927. He graduated from Kisatchie High School and attended Northwestern State College. He enlisted in the U. S. Army in 1944 and served in the Pacific theater during WWII in the Philippines and Okinawa, was a member of the Occupation Army in Japan under General MacArthur, and was selected in the initial group of servicemen to comprise the U. S. Air Force in 1946. His duty stations took him to many bases around the country, including Alaska. In 1952, he married the love of his life, Eva Lavelle Newsom Craft, in Houston, Texas. After retirement from a highly decorated career in the Air Force in 1967 at the rank of Chief Master Sergeant (E-9), he became the Senior Sales Manager for Boise Cascade Corporation, a position he held until his retirement again in 1989. In retirement, he enjoyed gardening, spending time with his lap dogs, and playing with and attending the school events of his grandchildren, all of whom adored their “Pops.” He was a member of Broadmoor Baptist Church. Cherishing his memory are his loving wife of 65 years, Eve; son, Bruce, and wife, Lisa, of Baton Rouge; grandchildren, Alexandra Elizabeth Craft “Alex,” Kathryn Grace Craft “Kate” and Jordan Allen Craft “Jack,” all of Baton Rouge; sister, Minnie Robertson of Peason; and a host of nephews, nieces, and extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur Clyde Craft and Annie Mae Phares Craft, and his brother, Mac Dawson Craft. Services were held May 26 at Rabenhorst East Funeral Home in Baton Rouge with Dr. Leonard Ezell, and the Reverends Bobby Rayburn, and Paul Henderson officiating. In honor of his service as a proud member of the Greatest Generation, burial occurred with full military honors at the Louisiana National Cemetery in Zachary on May 30. The family wishes to thank Hospice of Baton Rouge, Dr. Jeffrey Hyde and the staff of Louisiana Cardiology Associates, the Friendship Bible Study Class at Broadmoor Baptist, and their wonderful friends and neighbors. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a gift be made to an organization that supports veterans.

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