October 5, 1947 - December 21, 2016
Greenwood, Indiana | Age 69
Philip Glenn Cravens, 69, passed away Wednesday, December 21, 2016. He was a long time resident of Greenwood.
The son of Dr. Paul Cravens and Wilma Jean (Waggener) Cravens, he was born October 5, 1947 in Indianapolis. He graduated Southport High School in 1966. He joined the National Guard after graduation. Two weeks after he went through Advanced Infantry Training, Jump School they told him he was going to Vietnam. They were the highest trained unit in the Army. He went on to complete Recondo school. He was in Vietnam the last of 1968 and most of 1969. He was part of Military D Company 151st Airborne Rangers. He earned several medals, including two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star. He was a hero to our family as well as to our nation. He furthered his higher education in 1969 when he attended Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Kentucky.
He married Sue (Hibner) Cravens on June 21, 1975. They had a remarkable love story and were married for 31 years. Survivors include his mother Wilma Jean Cravens, his four loving daughters, Sharla A. (Tony) Frazier of Orlando, Fl, Shelly S. (Craig) Cravens of Trafalgar, Shawn L. (Chris) Bauer of Greenwood, and Shannon L (Steven) Barrick of Greenwood; son Ryan G. (Nikki) Cravens of Indianapolis; brother, Don (Elaine) Cravens of Tampa, FL, two sisters, Beth Cravens and Sue (Gary) Embree and his twelve grandchildren, Jaurden (Aaron) Hollenbaugh, Danielle Gard, Abi Gard, Madeline Hubele, Keigan Cravens, Alison Bauer, Ryan Bauer, Samantha Cravens, Hannah Cravens, and Dylann Cravens, Rhiannon Cravens and Trevor Cravens; four Great Grandchildren, Carter, Zoe, Vayda, and Griffin, and last but not least his sweet little dog, Annie Fanny. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sue, father, Paul, and sister, Sue.
Phil was an active member of Concordia Lutheran Church in Greenwood.
The best part of Phil was the laughter that he brought to a room. He had a humor that would strike people to laugh from their toes. He had spontaneous timing of words which kept bellows of laughter wherever he was. When friends or family think of Phil typically conversation involves Volleyball, Amtrak, Vietnam, Family, and the love he had for animals. He was a very active and competitive Volleyball player for many years. He especially enjoyed playing with his brother Don Cravens. He worked at Amtrak for over 30 years as a class 4 Engineer.
Some of the best times had were with his fellow Army Rangers. Their stories are remarkable as they were the highest decorated unit in Vietnam. He bled red, white, and blue and had the spirit of a true American. His spirit will linger on and be shared with generations of his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. This leads me to his huge heart and definitive character. He was a strong man that expressed emotion and loved whole heartedly. He was a true "Cravens" that was not afraid to express his love with hugs and kisses or verbally say "I love you" or "I'm so proud of you" even if in the middle of a crowded room. He showed great strength, endurance, and acceptance during his illness this past year.
Visitation will be held at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory – Greenwood Chapel 481 W. Main Street on Tuesday, December 27th, 2016 from 4pm to 8pm. A celebration of Phil's life will take place at 11am, Wednesday December 28th, 2016 at Concordia Lutheran Church, 305 Howard Rd, Greenwood with calling from 10:00am to service time. Burial will be at the Concordia Cemetery in Indianapolis. Contributions can be made to Company D 151.