Gary Dale Craven

February 07, 1949 ‒ April 19, 2017

Boise, Idaho

On Wednesday, April 19, 2017, Gary Dale Craven went to live in the loving arms of Jesus. His wife Lynette, and friend and caregiver Deb Ventre, were by his side.

Gary was born in Mansfield, Ohio on February 7, 1949.  He grew up in Mt. Gilead, Ohio, where his family owned and operated Craven Funeral Home. After graduating from Mt. Gilead High School, where he excelled academically and in football and basketball, he attended the U.S. Air Force Academy, Miami University and graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. Gary later received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Regents College.

He worked as a funeral director at Craven Funeral Home while living in Mt. Gilead, as well as several other funeral homes in other states later in life. He moved to Boise, Idaho in the early 1990s to join his mother and his brother and family. Gary worked at Hewlett Packard for a number of years before becoming a Deputy Coroner for Ada County, Idaho. Upon leaving the Coroner’s Office, he became a Real Estate Agent/Broker. He retired from real estate in 2016.

Gary had an infectious smile and a keen sense of humor. He shared a passion for collecting firearms with his brother Roger, and enjoyed hunting, ATV riding and traveling with his wife and their two dogs, Brutus and Harley, in their RV.

Gary is survived by his wife and best friend Lynette Campbell Craven; his two children, Dalena Craven (Carl Sanderson) of Columbus, Ohio, and Carl Craven (Alice Vasilenko) of Atlanta, Georgia; two stepsons, Ross Scherer (Michelle Scherer) and Todd Scherer; three granddaughters, Alyssa Shamblin, Alexis Litton and Keeley Scherer; and three great-grandchildren – Violet, Elijah and Athena; a niece and nephew, Kimberly Williams and Cameron Craven. Also surviving is his father’s widow, Janet L. Craven of Mt. Gilead, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents, Max Craven and Bernadeen Dowd, his brother Roger Craven and his sister Barbara Mahoney.

Gary loved the Lord and lived each and every day to serve and help others. Gary and Lynette were very active in the Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Boise, serving as leaders in the Food Pantry and various other ministries. Just prior to his illness, Gary was accepted as a Chaplain with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Rapid Response Team. He completed all of the required training and coursework and had his bag packed ready to be deployed.

To honor Gary and carry this legacy forward, the family has asked in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Rapid Response Team at 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28201, or online at

A Celebration of Gary’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on May 4, 2017 at the Vineyard Christian Fellowship, 4950 E. Bradley, Garden City, Idaho 83714.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at 11 a.m., in Rivercliff Cemetery (201 E. Marion Street, Mount Gilead, Ohio 43338). Military honors will be provided by the active duty United States Air Force, the V.F.W. Post 8054, and the AmVets Post 87.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to serve Gary’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • Gary was a dear friend and classmate of my brother, Steven Brown; and an admired friend to all of us who knew him during his “growing up” days back in Mt. Gilead. May God bless and comfort his family in the days ahead.

  • Dear Linda, I’m so sorry to learn of Gary’s passing. It sounds like you two had a wonderful 20 years together and that is very enviable. I’m so happy for you both to have had this shared love for each other. With Jesus watching over you in the coming days, find comfort in knowing that Gary is at peace. I’m praying for peace for you as well. Your friend always.

  • Just love that guy – and will always remember his happy face as he said, “Is it time for lunch? How about I go get Baja…” Love you, Gary! (and you too, Lynette…)

  • Gary always looked for the hand of God in his experiences and the things around him.
    Always a positive attitude. He was important and will be missed.
    Love and hugs to you.

  • Gary’s family:
    Sorry to read of Gary’s passing. It was wonderful to read of his love for the Lord,
    family, country and desire to serve others in this and so many ways. He was
    admired and looked up to in those “school day years” back here in Mt. Gilead.
    My sincere sympathy to the family. I know he will be missed. May the Lord
    be your comforter, give you peace, and fill you with happy memories as you rest
    in Him.
    A former classmate,
    Marsha (Baughman) Crawford

  • A other angel gone to soon.FLY high Gary!! Sorry for your loss The Joe Lloyd family