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Russell Earl Craun

September 29, 1961 June 22, 2019
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Russell (“Russ” or “Rusty”) Earl Craun, 57, of Lapeer, MI, found rest on June 22, 2019. A talented artist who possessed a brilliant mind, throughout his life Russ broke statewide records for his intelligence; built successful businesses; and had exceptional painting, drawing, and sculpting abilities. He learned to play many instruments by ear, but Russ most cherished and was known for playing his mandolin throughout the country. He loved listening to NPR, making people laugh with his clever jokes, and cooking travel-inspired meals for those he loved. Russ could do anything he put his mind to except stay sober. Despite his disease, or perhaps because of it and all that his struggles cost him, Russ’ friends knew him for his empathy and kind heart. More than anything else in life, Russ deeply loved his daughter, Heidi.

Russ was preceded in death by his parents, Richard “Dick” and Beverly “Bev” Craun (Hartwick), and grandmother, Lucille “Grams” Hartwick. Russ is survived by his daughter, Heidi Craun; sisters, Michele Craun (Jeff) and Shari Barker (Keith); niece and nephews, Lathe Carrow (Britney), Michael Barker, Lauren Carrow Hendrick (Joshua), Cody Barker, and Dustin Carrow; great nephews, Aayden, Gage, and Emmit Carrow; and many dear friends whom he considered family.

Family and friends will gather for a memorial to celebrate Russ’ life at Cramton Park in Lapeer on Saturday, June 29, at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to his daughter to help with his memorial.


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29

Jun

11:00 AM 6/29/2019 11:00:00 AM
Cramton Park

at the corner of M21 & M24
Lapeer, Michigan 48446

Cramton Park
at the corner of M21 & M24 Lapeer 48446 Michigan
United States

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