Craig Stater, DMD, DDS

  • Born: May 27, 1947
  • Died: September 20, 2015
  • Location: Centervile, Iowa

Lange Funeral Home & Crematory LLC

1900 South 18th Street
Centerville, IA 52544
Tel. (641) 856-2000

Tribute & Message From The Family

Craig D. Stater, DMD, DDS, age 68 of Centerville, Iowa, passed away Sunday, September 20, 2015 at his home.

Craig Douglas Stater was born to Delbert & Mildred Stater on May 27, 1947 in Ottumwa, IA. In his early years, he enjoyed pestering his older sister Connie Jo (Craig Burnside) and riding along on Lowenberg Bakery deliveries with his dad. He was proud to have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, and kept in touch with his scoutmaster throughout his life. He graduated from Ottumwa High School, Southern Illinois University, and Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine.

He married Connie Ross on June 24, 1967 and they had two children: Stacey Stater (Mark Bierk) & Darin (Jennifer) Stater. He was a loving father to Stacey and Darin, and a devoted uncle to Debbie (Mike) Hoolihan, Kathy Owen, Cindy Burnside, Matt (Geneva) Ross, Eric (Mika) Ross, Scott & Debra Ross.

Craig established a thriving dental practice in Centerville, IA, where he served his patients well for over 30 years. He was an active and generous supporter of the Centerville community. His office staff was like a second family and they took good care of each other.

He lived for his grandchildren: Hannah, Clay, Paige and Layne. When they were younger, they loved to visit Ma & Papa's house (affectionately dubbed "Camp Run-A-Muck"). Papa Stater would often load the grandkids and the schnauzer into his large wagon pulled by his John Deere lawnmower and drive up to Sonic for ice cream. More recently, Clay and Papa Stater bonded over their mutual love of cars and the Speed Channel.

Craig loved Jimmy Buffett, classic cars, petroliana, the St. Louis Cardinals, playing cribbage, and food of all kinds – the spicier the better. He was blessed with many close friends with whom he shared one or more of these joys.

Celebration of Life Service will be held on Sunday, October 25, 2015, 1-3:30 PM at the Majestic Theatre, 100 N. 13th St., Centerville, Iowa, 52544. Please join us to celebrate Craig "Doc" Stater's life. An Open House will take place from 1-3:30, with sharing of memories beginning at 2 PM. The family has asked that everyone dress casually-Hawaiian shirts, parrot hats, car/oil & gas t-shirts, and Cardinals jerseys are welcome. For those who are unable to attend but wish to share photos or memories, please email them to The public can also share online condolences on the Lange Funeral Home website,

Some of it's magic, some of it's tragic, but I had a good life all the way. – Jimmy Buffett (He Went to Paris).