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Craig Arlen Gannon

Glidden - Ediger Funeral Home

McPherson, KS


Craig Arlen Gannon, 75, of McPherson, Kansas, passed away at 6:23 p.m., Sunday, August 24, 2014, while in the company of family members, at Via Christi, St. Francis, Wichita, Kansas. Craig was born in Bismarck, North Dakota, on December 3, 1938, son of Ruth Margaret (Johnson) and Clell G. Gannon.

Craig attended the Bismarck public schools, Harvard University and the University of Minnesota.

Craig was a member of First Presbyterian Church, McPherson, Kansas, where he served his church in several capacities throughout 34 years.

Craig first taught at Central Christian College, McPherson, Kansas, then accepted a position as Professor of British Literature at Sterling College in Sterling, Kansas. He remained at Sterling for 18 years.

Craig A. Gannon was united in marriage to Judith A. Strutz on June 30, 1967, at Bismarck, North Dakota.

Surviving family members include his wife, Judi Gannon, of McPherson, Kansas; his children: Stephen Gannon, of Norman, Oklahoma; Meg Bettis and her husband Mitch, of Little Rock, Arkansas; Kathleen Gannon, of Kalispell, Montana; Laura Smith, of Dallas, Texas; James Gannon and his wife Sarah, of Topeka, Kansas; and Ned Gannon and his wife Sara, of Eau Claire, Wisconsin; his brother, Grael Gannon, of Fargo, North Dakota; his 13 grandchildren: Sabrina, Michael, TJ, Andrew, Jordan, Annabeth, Jackson, Eliot, Claire, Addy, John, Elli, and Nathaniel; his 3 great-grandchildren: Wyatt, Elijah, Gianna; other relatives and a host of friends.

Craig was preceded in death by his parents, Clell and Ruth Gannon.

The memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, McPherson, Kansas, at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 30, 2014, with the Reverend H. Dick Reynolds, Jr., officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church or Sterling College English Department and they can be sent in care of the Glidden - Ediger Funeral Home, 222 West Euclid Street, McPherson, Kansas 67460.

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