James Craft, 72

James Richard Craft, 72, Wabash, passed away 7:35 p.m. on Thursday, June 27, at his home. He was born to the late James F. Craft and Wilma (Thurwachter) Mossman on Oct. 20, 1940 in Columbus.

He was a Wabash High School graduate of 1958, and he attended Manchester College. He married Sandra Smith on June 29, 1968; she survives. After 35, years James retired on June 30, 2004 as the Northeast Supervisor from the State Board of Tax Commissioners. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Wabash. He enjoyed antiquing over the years.

He is also survived by son, Brent (Paula), Craft Wabash, and daughter, Wendy Short, Wabash; grandchildren, Jarrett Craft, Jaron Craft, Kaelyn Short, Jessica Beane, and Jordon Beane; two great grandchildren, Briliegh Beane and Braya Beane.

Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, July 2, at 10 a.m., at Zion Lutheran Church, 173 Hale Drive, Wabash, with Pastor Jeremy Yeadon officiating. Burial followed in the Falls Cemetery in Wabash.

Visitation for family and friends will be from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Monday, July 1 at McDonald Funeral Home, Wabash. 

Preferred memorials are to the Zion Lutheran Church building fund, 173 Hale Drive, Wabash, Indiana 46992 and Wabash County Animal Shelter, 810 Manchester Avenue, Wabash, Indiana 46992. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Posted on 2013 Jul 01