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Dianna Craig


Published: Friday, May 2, 2014 12:26 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, May 2, 2014 12:36 p.m. CDT

Dianna Craig, 70, of Afton died Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at Greater Regional Hospice Home in Creston. 

Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 5, at Powers Funeral Home, 612 N. Dodge St. in Afton. Father Ken Halbur will officiate. Burial will be at St. Edward’s Catholic Cemetery near Afton. Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday with family receiving friends 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, and a 6 p.m. Sunday Rosary at the Powers Funeral Home in Afton.

Memorials may be directed to the Afton Splash Pad Project. Online condolences may be left at    

Marla Dianna Craig, daughter of Margaret Henrietta (Mulica) Ripperger and Marvin Joseph Ripperger, was born March 2, 1944 in Union County.

She was educated in the country school in Dodge Township and graduated from East Union High School in 1962. She also attended CNA training at Southwestern Community College.

On April 20, 1963 she married Fredrick Stickels in Afton. They lived in Nevinville for three years, north of Afton for three years and southeast of Afton. 

They had four children. 

Fred died on August 22, 1982. Dianna then married Walter Dale “Bud” Craig on May 10, 1985, in Elk Point, S.D.

Early on, Dianna was a homemaker and also worked at CARE from March 1985 until August 23, 1987, was a cook for a year and a CNA for two years.

In 1987, she began working for National Resource Conservation Services as a soil conservation technician for 23 years.

She was a member of the St. Edwards Catholic Church in Afton.

Dianna is survived by her husband Bud Craig of Afton; three sons: Scott (wife Kim) Stickels of Council Bluffs; Ron (wife Bobbi) Stickels of Osceola; Larry Craig of Creston; three daughters: Billie Jo (husband Jerry) Henrichs of Thayer; Angel Stickels of Lompoc, Calif.; Janet (husband Paul) Sickels of Creston; former daughter-in-law, Lisa Stickels of Osceola;  nine grandchildren, Alexis Vosburg, Travis Hoegh, Payton Hoegh, Hannah North, Sarah Henrichs, Alex, Samantha and Matthew Stickels and Zachary Smith; two great-grandchildren; four brothers: Michael (wife Sue) Ripperger of Grinnell; Mark (wife Penny) Ripperger of Thayer; Dennis (wife Retta) Ripperger of Afton; Timothy Rippeger of Glenwood; three sisters: Carolyn Hubatka of Afton; Beverly (husband Don) Keimig of Portsmouth, Va.; Barbara (husband Scott) Mathews of Fallon, Nev.

She was preceded in death by her parents and first husband Freddie.

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