Jeremy Rex Craighton was born December 26, 1981 to Larry D. and Deborah K. Waddell Craighton in Hampton, Iowa. He attended and graduated from Rockwell-Swaledale School. Jeremy was baptized into Christ April 3, 2004 at the Church of Christ in Mason City, Iowa. He went home to be with his Lord January 1, 2019 at his home in Russellville, Kentucky.
Jeremy was always patriotic. Teachers and fans at school game always commented that Jeremy was the kid that was always at attention with hand on his heart whenever the national anthem was played. After high school he tried the college life and worked a few jobs before he enlisted in the US Army April of 2004. He did basic training in Ft. Knox, Kentucky and was stationed in Ft. Drum, New York. He was deployed in support of Iraqi freedom for a year from August 2005 until July 2006. He was honorably discharged November 2007 with disability severance.
Jeremy moved back to north Iowa after discharge where he worked as a mechanic and a purchasing agent before he returned to a service life by training and working as an EMT and volunteering as a fireman. Jeremy moved to Clarksville, Tennessee with his wife Jessica and son Evan. While there he worked at a care center and co-founded River Rat boat shop with his army buddy Jeff. He later enjoyed his work at Cumberland trucks in Nashville, Tennessee. Jeremy enjoyed hunting and fishing and spending time on the river with his friends and sons Matthew, Brayden, Evan, and Trent.
Jeremy will be lovingly remembered by his wife Jessica, sons Matthew, Brayden, Evan, and Trent and his parents Larry and Deborah Craighton, and Grandma Dorothy Waddell. He is survived by his wife, sons, parents, and brother, Jason and wife Amy and many aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. He also had some special friends Melissa and Savannah Sitz, Desiree Wilson, and Hannah and Lucas Collins. He was preceded in death by his sister Jennifer in 1999, Grandpa and Grandma Craighton and Grandpa Waddell.
His smile and personality made a lasting impression on everyone he encountered. He had a giant personality and professionalism. He will be missed by all.
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I knew Jeremy from FT Drum. We were deployed together and worked as team mates inside of Sadr City, Iraq. I have nothing but good memories from out time stationed together in New York. My heart is breaking at hearing that he has passed. Prayers are going out to his family. I know that there will be a reunion one day. You will be missed my brother in arms.
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