William Richard "Dick" Craft, age 79, of Bryant went to be with the Lord on Oct. 25, 2013, after a 28-year battle with Parkinson’s disease.
He was born June 22, 1934, in Southland, Texas. Richard served in the U.S. Army, Air National Guard and the U.S. Air Force.
He was an Eagle Scout and a member of the Order of the Arrow.
Dick was employed as a customer engineer for 30 years with IBM.
There was nothing he couldn’t rig together, repair or fabricate. He built a single-engine plane in his garage in Fort Smith, a 24-foot cabin cruiser in the backyard in Little Rock and a 2,200-square-foot home in Benton, not to mention the countless computers and robots he built.
Richard had a great sense of wit, even at the end.
He was a member and deacon at Indian Springs Baptist Church in Bryant.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents, W. R. and Hazel Craft of Sweetwater, Texas.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Norma Craft of Bryant; two daughters, Lenna Hopkins and husband David of Little Rock and Lisa Smith of Bryant; four grandchildren, Brandon Smith of Fayetteville, Andrew Smith of Bryant, Nick and Tom Hopkins of Little Rock; and one brother, John Gregory Craft of Austin, Texas.
Funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Indian Springs Baptist Church in Bryant. Burial will be at Pinecrest Memorial Park.
Visitation is set from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, at Ashby Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the Samaritan’s Purse.
Online guest book: www.ashbyfuneralhome.com .