Rev. Craig A. Pillow, 68, of Elton, Mich., and the former pastor of Elkton United Methodist Church, died Jan. 7, 2017, following a long battle with cancer.
Craig was born Oct. 8, 1948, in Flint, Mich., to the late Carroll and Lucille (Kruszka) Pillow. He grew up in Flint and graduated from Holy Redeemer Catholic High School in 1966.
Craig continued studies at Central Michigan University where he played on the football team in his freshman year. After his sophomore year, he transferred to the University of Michigan and then to the University of Toledo where he received his bachelor’s degree.
On Aug. 9, 1980, he was united in marriage to Lorraine Butler at the Morenci United Methodist Church and they made their home in Morenci.
Craig worked in various restaurants in Michigan and Ohio as a chef/cook for several years before receiving the call to the ministry. He received his master's in divinity at Methodist Theological School of Ohio in Delaware, Ohio. His first charge came in 1994 at the Clayton/Rollin Center United Methodist Churches, serving there for 15 years. In 2009, he was transferred to Elkton, where he served as pastor until his health forced him to step down from the pulpit.
He was an ordained elder of the Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church.
In addition to his wife, Lorraine, Craig is survived by two sons, Wesley Pillow of Jackson, Mich., and Vance (and fiancée Jaime Henning) Pillow of Parma, Mich.; three sisters, Jeraine Thompson of Saline, Mich., Doreen Romzek of Davison, Mich., and Donna (and Ed) Collins of Fenton, Mich.; his mother-in-law, Alice Butler of Novi, Mich.; in-laws, Ralph (and Elizabeth) Butler of Dayton, Ohio, Barbara (and Jack) Lansing of Lansing, Mich., Arthur (and Carolyn) Butler of Plymouth, Mich., Beverly (and Glenn) Davis of Hawaii, Brinton (and Rosalyn) Butler of Commerce Township, Mich., and George (and Teri) Butler of Milliani, Hawaii; and several nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Craig was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Robert Pillow; brothers-in-law, Robert Thompson, Robert Romzek, and Arthur “Fred” Draper; and father-in-law, Ralph O. Butler III.
Funeral services are planned at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, at the Elkton United Methodist Church. Rev. Elizabeth Hill, District Superintendent, will officiate. Burial is scheduled at 11 a.m. Monday at North Dover Cemetery, near Clayton. Rev. Robert Dister will officiate.
Visitation is planned from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Champagne Funeral Chapel, Elkton, and at the church after 1 p.m. Friday.
Memorial donations are suggested to Elkton United Methodist Church, Clayton/Rollin Center United Methodist Church or to a charity of the donor’s choice.