Craig Underhill passed away surrounded by family on June 29, 2019 in Topeka, KS.
He was born on April 13, 1939 in Salina, KS, the son of Craig and Laura (Widler) Underhill. He attended school in Manchester, KS, and Wichita, KS. He graduated from North High School, Wichita, KS in 1956.
He worked at Hawk Pharmacy and Farha Bros. Grocery in Wichita. He later worked for Woolworth in Junction City, and several mobile home transporting companies, among them Windsor, Vangard, Morgan Drive-away, and Bennett Transport. He retired from Bennett in 2008. He worked part-time for Carlson Auto Auction following his retirement, leaving there in 2013. He earned many safe driving awards over the years and always let you know he drove 4 million miles without a chargeable accident.
Craig had a great love for God, his family, and for his country. He bowled in his younger days and later took up drag racing. He, the crew chief, and Mark, his son raced at Heartland Park in Topeka, Manhattan, Scribner, NE, Kansas City, Brainerd, MN, and Bandimere Raceway in Morrison, CO. They won the Super Street championship at the NHRA Nationals at Heartland Park in 2008. He loved holidays when the family would gather to celebrate. He loved people and knew no strangers. He was always helping family and others when they had a need. He loved traveling to the mountains around Estes Park, CO. He loved to just get in the car and go somewhere, even if it was only to Topeka Blvd.
Craig was burdened with a horrible disease, frontal-temporal lobar dementia which gradually took away his ability to enjoy life to the fullest. He fought long and hard until he was too tired to continue the battle any longer. He shared special times with each of his children during his long journey with dementia.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Charles Underhill. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Marguerite; children, Craig (Belinda) Underhill, Jr, Christine (Ken) Sterrett, Carole (Fred) Rhoads, and Mark (Cindy) Underhill; 13 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; sister, Charlene (Marco) Charles of Wichita.
Memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 12, 2019 at Light of The World Christian Center, 3301 SW Gage Blvd, Topeka, KS, immediately followed by a light reception/ visitation from 11:00-12:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Assoc., Light of The World Christian Center, or First Presbyterian Church in Topeka.
Dove Cremations & Funerals, Southwest Chapel is handling arrangements.
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