Craig Ladwig

Craig Ladwig Photo 001Craig Ladwig, a longtime Moscow resident, died Saturday, July 25, 2015 at his Lake home at Harrison surrounded by his family. He was 76.

 Craig was born July 2, 1939 at Wilbur, WA to Wilfred E. and Alice V. Payne Ladwig. He grew up and attended school in Spokane, graduating from North Central High School in 1957. He joined the Marines, serving in Japan and following his discharge, returned to Spokane.

 He attended Washington State University for a time and worked for Garrett Freight Lines, continuing with them following college. Craig then began working for WSU Motor Pool, retiring from there as manager in 2001.

 Craig was a communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and active in the Knights of Columbus, both Third and Fourth Degree’s and served as State Deputy. He also served on the Moscow School Board, and was past president. He enjoyed bowling, reading, running, having run is various marathons, boating and tubing with his grandchildren. He and Marge had spent the past several years wintering in Arizona where they enjoyed playing pickle ball, and the summers at their Lake Cabin at Harrison.

 Craig and Marjorie L. Kissinger were married at St. Charles Church in Spokane on June 24, 1961. Marge survives, along with daughters and sons-in-law, Kelly and Tim McCoy of Moscow, Christine and Michael Butler of Palmdale, CA and Carla and Jason Gaber of Kent, WA. He also leaves 10 grandchildren and tree great grandchildren and a sister, Judy Bowman of Dublin, CA.

 Craig was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Clayton in 1999.

 The memorial mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM Friday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Moscow with a reception following at the Church Family Center.

 The family suggests memorials be made to Pancreatic Cancer Research or to St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

 Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to


3 Responses to Craig Ladwig

  1. Patricia Thorsten-Mickelson says:

    Craig would not recognize my last name. At the time I was hired by Marion at the WSU motor pool, my name was Hawkins. A lot of miles have gone by since I worked with Craig, your husband, father, grand-father, uncle, etc. back in 1986. He was so proud of his family and shared those funny moments that stay with us for a lifetime. I can still see both Marion and Craig in my mind. Both were exceptional men to work with. They started my career at WSU and were supportive all the way. May God bless them and their families.

  2. Tammy Crawford says:

    Dear Marge

    My name is Tammy Crawford and I wanted to offer my sincere condolences for the loss of your husband Craig.
    Craig and I met in 1990 when I was hired by WSU athletics to coach the women’s rowing team. One of my first challenges was to figure out how I was going to transport my very large team of athletes to and from the Snake river 156 days a year and how I would haul the equipment to and from competitions. Craig was not just another staff member punching the clock at the motor pool. For the twelve years I served as head rowing coach, Craig always had the team’s best interest at heart. He gave us reduced rates on the older vans and was diligent about having the mechanics keep them well maintained; he made sure the truck I pulled our equipment with (sometimes 2,000 miles in a weekend) was in tip-top shape; if a vehicle was to be replaced, he always thought of the safety features (like AC and radio) to keep the drivers alert for the long trips (knowing full well that most people checking out motor pool vehicles were traveling a distance.
    Craig was a service-oriented, friendly, disciplined guy. When I had business at the motor pool, it always made the visit complete to have a quick word with Craig or Gary. I had no idea Craig was a Marine until I read his obituary. No wonder I respected him so much! My dad was also a Marine and they shared many of the same qualities.

    I do understand the feeling of loss. In the past year both my mother and father have passed. I offer my sympathies to you and your family and I hope at this difficult time you too can lean on the fond memories of your life together and find peace knowing he is in a better place.


  3. Gary & Sharon Zentzis says:

    Marge and Family

    We were so sorry to hear about Craig’s passing. I enjoyed working with Craig for many years as he always treated me with much respect. We so wish we could be there to show our respects in person, but our brother is having open heart surgery in Spokane on Friday, and we feel we are needed there.

    Once again, we extend our condolences to you Marge and all of your family, and we hope the memories of the good times you’ve shared together will get you through this difficult times.

    Love and prayers,
    Gary & Sharon Zentzis

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