Howard (Dewey) Duane Cradick

May 21, 1929 - July 6, 2013
Howard (Dewey) Duane Cradick


Mr. Cradick was born in Gosport, Indiana, on May 21, 1929, and moved to Greensburg, Indiana in 1930. After graduating from Greensburg High School in 1947, Mr. Cradick attended Indiana University before entering Kings Point where he graduated in 1951. Howard married JoAnn Esbensen in 1953 and they remained married until her passing in 2012. He spent seven years sailing as an officer in the Merchant Marines and another eight years in various ocean marine positions ashore before entering government service in 1965, from which he retired in 1990. During his federal tenure, Mr. Cradick spent two years as an operations officer (Navy) in Mobile, Alabama where his first son, Alan, was born in 1954. His first daughter, Jackie, was born a year and a half later shortly after he left the Navy as a Naval Reserve Officer. He entered federal government service in Washington, DC, where he spent his entire career until retiring in 1990. During his federal career he worked for Military Sealift Command, the Maritime Administration and the State Department (AID). His second daughter, Kathy, was born in 1958 and son Brian was born in 1962. He is predeceased by his brother, Estil, of Dunedin, Florida and survived by his sister, Mary, of Greensburg, Indiana. At the time of his death, Mr. Cradick was living with his son, Alan, in Wilmington, NC.

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  • July 08, 2013
    the green family says:
    Alan and June, we share your sorrow and know he was in your loving care for so many months, your attention and love toward him surly made his last year more comfortable and we know sharing that time with him was his gift to you. rest well now knowing you did all you could for him, blessings and love the Green family

  • July 08, 2013
    Thomas cradick says:
    I will miss you Daddy Dewey i hope my life will be half as exciting as i am sure yours was. I will be letting my son Max know he will most likely have big bushy eyebrows thanks to you and i am sure my daughter Lilly gets her love of water through you and Grandma. Oh and good job raising my dad Brian he is a great dad and im sure he learned it from you.

  • July 10, 2013
    Gary H. Cradick says:
    I have a lot of wonderful memories of my father's brother, my "Uncle Dewey". His mustached sized eyebrows, the aroma of his pipe, his deep soothing voice and his gentle nature towards me are all fond memories of my childhood. And he was fun - what more could a nephew want? As I got older he even laughed at my stupid humor. Again, what more could a nephew want? As a kid I thought my middle name of "Howard" was to old an creepy until my dad told me it was Uncle Dewey's name too. That changed everything! And ever since that time I've always included the letter H. whenever I sign my name, etc. I admired, and loved my Uncle Dewey and I will miss him. To Alan, Jackie, Kathy and Brian I offer my condolences to you and your family.

  • July 11, 2013
    Denise D. Clarke says:
    It was such a pleasure to have met you, you are a wonderful person and I would've never got tired of all your stories. Thank you for loving Brad the way you did, you will always be a great example for him. I know you are now in peace and back with the love of your life. Until we meet again. Love, Denu.