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Craig Anson Linsley

05/13/1945 - 04/06/2020

Craig A. Linsley, 74, of Virginia, MN, passed away Monday, April 6, 2020 at his residence. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences, please visit www.rangefuneralhomes.com.

Craig Anson Linsley was born May 13, 1945 in Detroit, MI to Scott and Virginia (Gadbois) Linsley. Most of his growing up years took place in the Como Park area of St. Paul, MN. He enjoyed having Como Park as his playground. He graduated from University High School in St. Paul in 1963. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1964, spending part of his time in Vietnam and returning home in 1966.  He then went to the University of Minnesota, gaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Accounting. He worked as an accountant for several years and was able to retire at a young age. On September 19, 1998, he was united in marriage to Janice Keller in Roseville, MN. Within a few years, they moved to Duluth, MN, where they resided 10 years. The couple then moved to Virginia, MN in June of 2015 where he spent the remainder of his life.

Craig was a Vietnam veteran who became an even greater “silent” soldier in a cancer fight he could not win, however, not without showing all of us around him what a “Real Hero” looks like.

He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Janice of Virginia; children, Anna (Jeremy) Kocur, Charles (Becky) Hopper and Lennard (Taaron) Hopper; grandchildren, Jeffrey, Zachary, Nicholas, Gavin, Ethan, Emily, Sienna, Breanna, Edison, and Crosby; one great grandson; and sister, Teschon Linsley.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Scott and Bill Linsley; and one nephew.

6 thoughts on “Craig Anson Linsley”

  1. John & Joyce Hamblet says:

    What a beautiful tribute to Craig….Thinking of all of your family during this difficult time….glad we knew Craig & enjoyed spending time with him….

  2. Susan Gregory says:

    Sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  3. Jan Linsley says:

    Craig was the love of my life and he will be missed every day of the rest of my life. My only consolation is that he is no longer suffering from the pain of the cancer ravaging his body and he is in heaven for me to see him again. I love you Craiger!

  4. Herb(Evan) Fogelberg says:

    I have known Craig since 1951. He was not only my oldest friend but my best friend. I still have trouble with believing he’s gone from this earth. I have so many memories of us together. All good ones RIP my friend.

  5. Charles Davis says:

    Sorry for your loss.

  6. Leslie says:

    Craig always had a funny quip to get you laughing and put you at ease! He was such a caring and loving husband, and put you first over everything else. His smile always made me think he was up to something mischievous! May your special memories bring you comfort and heal your heart until you are reunited in Heaven! So sorry you have to go through this, wish I could wrap my arms around you with a bear hug just like Craig would do.

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