Dearest Jenni, Dan and Mike,
Please know we are thinking of you and your families on this funeral day for your dear father. Craig was a special man and his proudest moments have come into his life via you children. In our memories as neighbors and friends here on Oakwood Place we will continue to remember Craig and all of you with smiles and love.
With sincere sympathy, Dave and Chris Ahlstrand
Our deepest sympathies to Craig's family, neighbors and close friends.
There were two times in my life that Craig and my paths crossed. The first was a phone call from a man named Craig Allen. I was the Chief Pharmacist at Shopko in Menasha. This stranger asked me if I could meet him to negotiate a fee for prescriptions for a managed care organizaition he was hired to start. I had no idea what he was talking about but agreed to meet. Little did I know that phone call would change my life and the lives of thousands of residents of the Fox Valley. That was the start of managed health care in our area. Craig along with Jay Fulkerson and several area doctors were starting what was to become Touchpoint Health Plan affiliated with the Thedacare system. 15 years later 2002, 2003 and 2004 that ground work lead to the best health care in the country. Personally Craig was responsible for my career change which led to Pharmacy Director at Touchpoint Healthplan and United Healthcare of Wisconsin. I have mentioned Craig's name hundreds of times across this state and country. Most will never know the influence he had on the quality and cost of their health care.
The second time our paths crossed was during the amazing run of the Appleton East basketball team when his son was a senior. Those few months was absolutely fun, fun and more fun. Mary and I followed the team to every game. It was the best.
So rest in peace my friend. Thank you for all you did for me in just one phone call. And once again thank you from all the people you touched but never knew you.
Terry and Mary Maves
I had the great pleasure and good fortune of working with this man while at TelMark during a turbulent time of transition and change. I always appreciated his counsel and loved how he truly cared for our associates. There is an email Craig sent me, and I printed, after he retired from TelMark/West. His advice was from his heart and, among other important thoughts, urged me to focus on my family and close friends...the only ones who really care about you! to this day, it rests on a very short stack of inspirational notes I have held on to over the years. Although our after hours "martini meetings" ended after lives got busy, I still think fondly of the long and lanky cowboy with one of the best smiles known to man and a few special ladies I am sure!
Craig and I always sat together in school - all the grades - since our names started with A. He was always fun, caring, helpful. I enjoyed having him in my life as a child and wish that I had known him as an adult. My prayers are for him and his family and friends. We feel loss but he feels God's love.
Donna Ambrose Cooper
Craig was a great influence in my life and I have never met a more loving, caring person. He was my boss and very good friend at West Business Services and taught me valuable life lessons, is still follow today. He will be dearly missed.
Jenni, Danny and Mike - I am so sorry for your loss. He always talked about you kids. What an amazing person!
Craig was a fine man, a good friend, son, brother, uncle, husband, grandfather, and father. He was loved by everyone who met him and he brought joy, a sense of humor, and integrity to all that he touched. He will be missed by the many people that knew him.
Jenni, Danny, and Mike - there is no doubt that you were the lights of his life. He was so proud of his only girl. He took such delight in you, Jenni, when you were little. What a fine woman you have become. Danny, he took such pleasure from your basketball ability and enjoyed your experiences in education all over the world. And Mike...the youngest and the one who made him laugh. He was so proud of your creativity and the man you are now.
Jerry and I treasure all the fun times we had with your family...the meals we shared, the funny stories, and watching you grow up...so many memories. I cannot think of your dad without a smile and a twinkle in his eye. He was a gift to all of us. He will be deeply missed.
I told Rosemary and his children that very few friends in my life, personally and professionally, were a match for his values, ability to care for others and his sense of right and integrity. His friendship was a memorable privilege and he provided me many instances of humor and reviews of life"s big and small issues. He added the gift of positive thinking and an engaging personality I treasured. Grieving will be difficult and extensive but every minute I shared with him and remember will help me overcome the loss. To Rosemary, Jenni, Danny and Michael I can only say that he loved you unqualifyingly.
To Craig's children and grandchildren
You were his joy and delight. He was taken too soon from you and from all of us. Craig was one of those friends who you wouldn't see in a year and pick up the conversation where you left it the last time. I am honored to have been his friend and co-worker for many years and will see him again for more giggles and hugs.
Our deepest sympathy goes out to the Allen family during this sad time. Are thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pete and Debbe Ball
Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free
I'm following the path God laid for me
I took His hand when I heard Him call
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day
to laugh, to love, to work or play
Tasks left undone must stay that way
I found that peace at the close of day.
If my parting had left a void
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Ah yes, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow
My life's been full, I savored much,
Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me
God wanted me now; He set me free
To his children-He was taken too early. I know the three of you were his most precious gifts. We had such discussions of the grandkids and how amazing he thought they were! All of you were a great source of pride to him. Thank you for sharing him with me! He was my joy. He was a kind, gentle and giving man. I will miss him. Rest well my sweetie.