Craig Langley, 58, Walton, ran into the arms of his Lord and Savior on Wednesday morning, May 15, 2019. He was surrounded by family in the comfort of his home. Craig was born March 21, 1961 in Elwood, Indiana to Larry Langley and Deanna (Langley-Freeman) Howard. He was the ultimate father to his two daughters, Jenna and Brooke, and the loving husband of Wendi (Loshaw) Langley.
Craig grew up on a row crop and livestock farm. He was a 1979 graduate of Elwood High School. He and his family were lifelong supporters of 4-H. Craig graduated from Purdue University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Economics. After Purdue, he found a job at First National Bank of Logansport and moved to Cass County. He also worked for Wabash Valley/ First National Bank and First of American Bank. Craig started working for First Farmers Bank and Trust as a Commercial Ag Lender in 1996. He was a pillar in the community who led by example both at work and at home. He was an active member of Peru Rotary, Kiwanis, American Angus Association, and the Cass County Purdue Alumni Association. He raised his daughters on a purebred Angus farm that made memories showing cattle all over the nation. He could be found cheering on any Lewis Cass athlete and his Purdue Boilermakers. He loved riding his bicycle, making people laugh, and finding God’s blessings and beauty in every setting.
Craig lived his life to the fullest. He was a selfless servant of God who cherished his Walton Christian Church family. He served as a faithful Deacon, Sunday school teacher, and the Building Expansion Chairman for the fellowship gym at Walton Christian Church. He later established an Upward Basketball League for grade school kids to play basketball and game attendees to learn about Jesus.
From a young age, Craig was known for being a kind, friendly, and a thoughtful person. If he wasn’t cheering on his girls at their Lewis Cass sporting events, livestock shows, community events, or at home, he was supporting a friend. His passion for cattle, farming and the agriculture industry was evident to everyone he met. He never set out to win any awards but did every task to bring glory to God. His years of dedicated service to help family farms reach their goals was noted by Governor Eric Holcomb in 2019 when he was awarded The Sagamore of the Wabash; the highest distinction in the state of Indiana. Other awards given for his steadfast guidance and mentorship include, Indiana Bankers Association’s Outstanding Ag Banker 1999, First Farmers Bank and Trust Outstanding Service Award 2012, Indiana Angus Association President’s Award 2015, and the 2019 Vera Sherbahn Award.
In addition to his wife Wendi, Craig is survived by his daughters, Jenna and husband Isaac Blue, La Porte, and Brook Langley, Walton; mother and step-father Deanna and Wade Howard, Alexandria; step-mother, Charline Webb, Elwood; sister and brother-in-law, Jody and Tim Leas, Montpelier; nieces and nephews, Eric Leas and his son Tyler, Hartford City, Todd and Laura Leas, Pennsylvania, and Haley and Andrew Mahan, Indianapolis; bonus daughters and son-in-laws, Stephanie and Chris Guagliardo, Indianapolis, and Liz and Aaron Quinn, Carmel; and bonus grandchildren, Noah, Charlotte, and baby Isaac Quinn.
He was preceded in death by his father, Larry Langley; and grandparents, Vic and Vera Harper.
A funeral service celebrating the Christ-following-life of Craig Langley will be held at 1 pm, Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at Walton Christian Church, 103 Bishop St., Walton, with Pastor Bill Collins officiating. Burial will follow in Little Deer Creek Cemetery in Onward. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 2-8 pm Monday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made in Craig's memory to the Walton Christian Church. Stout & Son Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. Messages of condolence may be left online at www.stoutandson.com.