David E. Craddock DDS, 50, of Kewanee, passed away at 4:45 AM, Saturday, May 25, 2013 at his home.Cremation has been accorded and a memorial service will be held at 10:00 AM, Friday, May 31 at the First United Methodist Church in Kewanee. Rev. Paul Copeland will officiate. Visitation will be held from 4:00-8:00 PM, Thursday, May 30 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. A service hosted by the Flying Dentist Association will be held at 4:00 PM, Saturday, June 1 at the Kewanee Airport. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society, First United Methodist Church in Kewanee, or to the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.
He was born April 7, 1963 in Kewanee, the son of Roger E. and Elizabeth D. (Pegram) Craddock. He married Angelyn Sue Noder on November 28, 1992 in Kewanee. She survives, as do his parents of Kewanee, two sons, Roger Garren Craddock and Benjamin David Craddock, both of Kewanee, two sisters, Mary (Paul) Stevens of Los Alamitos, CA and their child, Erin and Susan (Hans) Younce of Los Banos, CA and their children, Katie and Kelly, his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Larry (Cheryl) Noder of Bradford, sister-in-law, Kristen Noder and her children, Conor, Keegan and Caleb Mooney, and brother-in-laws, Jeremy (Jenny) Noder and their children, Michaela and Miranda and Corey (Courtenay) Noder and their children, Dylan and Aaron. He was preceded in death by his grandparents.
Dave graduated from Kewanee High School in 1981 and attended the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana. He was accepted to dental school at Northwestern University in Chicago after only three years of undergraduate studies, graduating in 1988. He was a Lieutenant in the U.S. Indian Health Service, serving on the Navajo Reservation in Chinle, AZ until moving back to Kewanee in 1989 to eventually partner with Dr. Doug Tomlinson from 1989-2005 and later AppleWhite Dental Partners and Dr. Allison Kisner.
He served the Kewanee and surrounding areas with care and compassion. Dave was constantly striving to better his dental skills and techniques over his 25 year career, providing his patients with the highest quality of care. He truly enjoyed and took great pride in his work. He loved his staff and patients.
Dave had a passion for flying, having been a pilot since 1990, earning his Instrument rating in 1993 and having a float plane rating as well. He owned several different planes and set a world speed record in his Mooney Acclaim Type S from Minneapolis – New Orleans, averaging 411mph during the two hours and forty-three minutes trip. He was a member of the Flying Dentists Association and served as their President from 2010-11. Dave’s other interests included scuba diving, skiing and especially spending time with his family and friends.