Leslie Craig

  • Born: October 21, 1946
  • Died: October 27, 2017
  • Location: Lebanon, Pennsylvania

Porterfield-Scheid Funeral Directors & Cremation Services, Ltd.

890 Isabel Drive
James A. Porterfield, Supervisor
Lebanon, PA 17042

Tel. (717) 272-4634

Tribute & Message From The Family

Leslie Craig, 71, of Lebanon passed away Friday evening, October 27, 2017, at Hershey Medical Center. Born in LaFollette, TN on October 21, 1946, he was the son of the late Clayton L. and Bernice R. Smith Craig. Les was the husband of Mary Ann Shostek Craig, whom he married on June 6, 1998. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Maria Anna Grijsbach Craig, who passed away on November 9, 1991.
Les graduated from LaFollette High School and earned a BA in Business from Saint Leo Business College in 1983. He proudly served in the United States Army for 31 years and during his service was stationed in the U.S., Germany, the Netherlands, France, and Korea. He was one of the first Warrant Officers to attain the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 5. After retiring from active duty, he worked for 11 years in Logistics at the National Ground Intelligence Center in Charlottesville, VA, and at Fort Detrick in Frederick, MD.
Les was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Cornwall, where he served on the parish council. He volunteered at the Lebanon VA Medical Center and sponsored a child through Children International. He was a member of the Army Quartermaster Foundation, Military Officer's Association of America, The American Legion, Amvets Post 559, and Annville VFW 8023.
Les was a gentle, thoughtful man who loved his family dearly. He raised his sons, Danny and Tim, to be decent, honest, and hard-working men. Danny looked to him as his hero and hopes to be half the man that he was. Tim will always remember him not only as a dad, but as his buddy. He always loved to tell jokes (and laugh while telling them) and always had interesting stories of his past to share. Les enjoyed playing golf, billiards, racquetball, tennis, cards, and games with his family and friends. He also enjoyed sitting on his porch, where he would chat with his neighbors and watch the birds come and go.
Les will be deeply missed by his wife, Mary Ann; sons, Daniel C., husband of Suzanne Craig of Stephens City, VA and Timothy Craig of Centreville, VA; grandchildren, Delia, Taylor, Lauren, Marisa, Andrea, Anna, Nicholas, Megan and Wesley; great-granddaughter, Margo. Les is also survived by his stepson, Robert E. Shostek, husband of Melissa of Windber, PA; stepdaughters, Charlotte A., wife of Eric Ecklund of Johnstown, PA and M. Denise Templeton of Cedar Rapids, IA. He is also survived by his brother, Dwight Craig of Morristown, TN; sisters, Josephine, wife of William Causseaux of Crawfordville, FL, Mildred, wife of Donald Davis of Oak Ridge, TN, Marjorie, wife of James Robbins of LaFollette, TN, and Janice Craig of LaFollette, TN; sister-in-law, Margaret Craig of Virginia Beach, VA; brothers-in-law, Christ, Hans, and Ed Grijsbach of the Netherlands; as well as many beloved nephews, nieces, aunts, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Devaughn and Gene Craig and grandson, Robert E. Shostek, III.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Mass of Christian Burial for Les on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, at 11AM at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, 2596 Cornwall Road, Cornwall, PA. Friends will be received at the church on Wednesday from 10 to 11AM. Les will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery where full military honors will be accorded. In lieu of flowers, memorial remembrances may be made in his memory to Sacred Heart Debt Reduction Fund. For information, please call 717-272-4634 or to submit an online condolence, please visit www.porterfieldscheidfh.com.


Condolence & Memory Journal

May God bless you and your family Mrs. Mary Ann in this time of sorrow, thanks you Mr. Craig for everything that you have done for me, I would not be the person that I am today if ours paths had cross in life. Rest In Peace Sir. Mrs. Mary Ann please give me a call. 240-446-8708

Posted by Christopher Taylor - Walkersville, MB   April 02, 2018

May God bless you and your family Mrs. Mary Ann in this time of sorrow, thanks you Mr. Craig for everything that you have done for me, I would be the person that I am today if ours paths had cross in life. Rest In Peace Sir.

Posted by Christopher Taylor Sr. - Walkersville, MD   March 06, 2018

Our sincere condolences with the tragic loss of Leslie. We wish you a lot of strength during this difficult times.
Gerard, Mia en tante Liesje

Posted by Gerard Ebisch and tante Liesje - Panningen - Family   November 07, 2017

Hallo Fam. Graig,

Wij wensen jullie veel sterkte met het verlies van Leslie Graig. Voor mij was Leslie een heel leuk en aardig persoon. Iin het verleden hebben wij elkaar ontmoet bij tante Jet in Born. wat ik mij nog kan herinneren .
Jullie mogen trots zijn op deze man.

Wij wensen fam. en vrienden veel strekte voor de komende tijd.

Mvg.John Ebisch

Posted by John Ebisch - panningen - Family   November 06, 2017

My deepest sympathy for you MaryAnn, and family. You remain in my thoughts and prayers. Les was a fine gentleman always kind with a sly smile.

Posted by MaryAnn Rakow - Lebanon, PA - acquaintance   November 03, 2017

Les was the Best. Although our paths hasn't crossed since you left, you are still a NGIC story. Marianne I am so sorry and I know you 2 will meet again. To all of the family, although I never met you I felt I knew you because of my conversations with Les. Rest in Peace Good Fellow.

Posted by Janet BreedenLamb - Ruckersville, VA   November 02, 2017

Next tot the fack that Les was a respectful and well known family-member from the USA, he was the one who introduced the card game SPADES in The Netherlands. Since than this game became famous in Holland by thousands of Dutchmen who got addicted to this game. Each time when we play this game with new players they ask us how we came to this game. We than tell them that it was introduced here by our brother in law Lesly Craig who was once in The Netherlands to serve the US-army.

Posted by Hans Grijsbach - Born in The Netherlands - Family   November 02, 2017

We wish you a lot of strength in your loss of your father, father in -law and grandfather.

Thijs en Sibil Bouten Ebisch uit Panningen the Netherlands

Posted by Thijs en Sibill Bouten Ebisch - Panningen - Family   November 01, 2017

Dear family Craig,
Our condeleances go out to each of you.
Leslie's first wife, Marjan, was our cousin.

Posted by Geert Ebisch - Panningen - Family   November 01, 2017

Uncle Les was one of a kind! I've never met a more caring and compassionate person! I will always treasure our visit with you all. So sorry everyone lost this wonderful man, but I know he's rejoicing on the streets of gold and will always be smiling down. We love you Mary Ann and are always just a call away.

Posted by Vanessa Craig - Riverside, OH - Family   October 31, 2017

Sending my condolences, thoughts,and prayers to all.

Posted by Sandy Fairman - La Porte, IN - Friend   October 31, 2017


Prayers and fond memories are what we have to remember Les. We pray that our Lord brings the much needed comfort and peace during this time. Our heart felt condolences go out to each of you.
Dave and Elaine Johnson

Posted by Dasve and Elaine Johnson - Front Royal, VA - Family Friend   October 31, 2017

My condolences to Mary Ann and the familes of Les............Sorry to hear of your lost.

Posted by Ralph Logan - Fredericksburg, VA   October 31, 2017

From the 17-2b nurses at the LEB VA, we want to give our condolences to the entire family. Les was a great guy, we will missed him dearly!

Posted by A friend   October 31, 2017


MaryAnn, Danny and Tim,
I have a lot of fond memories of Les, that I will always cherish. He was always joking and teasing everyone. He loved his family, and will always be remembered for his thoughtfulness. I am so sorry for your loss. He will be deeply missed, but always remembered.

Posted by Carolyn Fannon - Tazewell, TN - Family   October 31, 2017

Les was such a wonderful guy and a fantastic next-door neighbor of my parents. I will never forget the kindness he showed them, especially when my dad was having serious health problems. Les was always there to take care of them and brought them meals on numerous occasions. We will miss him terribly!

My sincere condolences to Mary Ann and the family.

Posted by Paul Krause - Lebanon, PA - Acquaintance   October 30, 2017

Mary Anne and family - my deepest condolences to you all. Les was the sweetest man - the two of you are forever in my hearts for all the love and care you showed my parents. Keeping you all in thoughts and prayer.

Lori, Brendan and Dylan Renne

Posted by Lori Krause Renne - New Cumberland, PA - Friend   October 30, 2017


I remember as a child many visits with Les's Mom and Dad and siblings. Upon retiring it was always a pleasure to be able to meet up and play golf with him. He always smiled and never got angry if having a bad round. The jokes always there. I will miss the birthday calls...we shared the same birth day. He was a wonderful man and cousin loved by many and will be greatly missed.

Posted by Jean Conner - Knoxville, TN - Family   October 30, 2017

I think of Les as a true Southern Gentleman. Very polite and very proper especially when he was taking your money at the poker table.
Mary Ann I am so sorry for your family's loss. He will truly be missed...

Posted by Chuck Reese - Lebanon, PA - Friend   October 30, 2017

My dear Mr. Craig I will miss seeing your smiling face walk through the door at the INN ready for me to get your eggs crispy home fries and crispy bacon. It was my pleasure to know you and chat with you.I will think of you often and remember.

Posted by sherry long - lebanon, PA - Friend   October 29, 2017


Maryann, Danny and Tim,
I am going to miss Mr. Les so much. He was more to me than a brother-in-law.I will miss his calls each month checking on me and my family. God seen fit to take him home early, but remember one day we will all be together again. If you need me for anything Please call. Love to you all Margaret and family.L

Posted by Margaret Craig - Virginia Beach, VA - Family   October 29, 2017