Roger Brian Craven

February 03, 1946 ‒ April 08, 2016

Boise, Idaho
Formerly of Mount Gilead, Ohio

After a brief battle with a rare cancer, Roger Brian Craven died on April 8, 2016 in Boise, Idaho at the age of 70. He leaves behind his daughter Kimberly Williams and his son Cameron Craven.

Roger was born on February 3, 1946 in Mount Gilead, Ohio, to father Max Craven and mother Bernadeen Dowd, who predeceased him. He grew up the oldest of three children in the Craven Funeral Home, the family business (now Craven-Snyder).  He graduated from Mount Gilead High School in 1964 as Salutatorian and Class President.  Roger also earned a BA business degree at Miami University of Ohio in 1969.  He was the owner and operator of the Craven Furniture Store from 1974 – 1978.  Roger also studied computer programming at Boise State University.

Roger married high school classmate Sally Jordan on May 26, 1973 at the Pulaskiville Community Church. A few years later they relocated to Boise, Idaho where the couple lived and raised their two children.

Throughout his life Roger maintained a passion for firearms and the statistical calculations of reloading ammunition. He enjoyed hunting and was a lifetime member of NRA and the Ohio Gun Collectors Association. Roger made frequent trips to the southern Idaho desert to target shoot and hunt ground squirrels (with the occasional rattle snake or coyote). He had lots of ideas about and enjoyed working on firearm design and assembly. He enjoyed photography especially during college. He had a pilot’s license and several amazing flying stories he could relate.

Roger is survived by his children as well as his brother Gary Craven of Boise, Idaho and five granddaughters.  He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Barbara Mahoney.

Roger requested to be cremated and his ashes will be kept by his children. A private family gathering was held in Boise, Idaho. The family is grateful for the condolences but declines flowers.  Instead, the family requests you to make a donation to your local American Cancer Society in memory of Roger.

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  • Kim, Cameron & Gary I am sorry to learn of Roger’s passing. I had the barbershop next to the furniture store back then. Roger, Gary and I spent some time passing the day away when none of us had any customers. I don’t recall any stories, but we had a good time. You are in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this time.

  • Gary, I’m sorry to read of the loss of your brother, Roger. Know that your classmates are thinking of you and family during this time especially.

    • Thanks Jenny..I think of all of you classmates often. I will try to make the 50th…God willing

  • So sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our prayers & thoughts now & the coming months. The Joe & Shirley Lloyd Family