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“About a year ago I had the opportunity to meet Craig. He had a 1954 Chevy Bel Air two door hardtop that I was interested in buying. I called him...Read More »
1 of 38 | Posted by: Russ Parker - Loivilia, IA

“Dear Connie, Stacey & Darin, Received your note today - we are so sorry to hear about Craig. The Stater family were great neighbors. I remember...Read More »
2 of 38 | Posted by: Nancy Swinney

“We always enjoyed going to Effingham with the Corvettes and getting over dinner either at one of our houses or a restaurant. He always had smile...Read More »
3 of 38 | Posted by: keith and lollie krogmeier - IA

“So sorry to hear of Dr. Stater's passing. He was our dentist for several years and always took care of us. May the memories of your times together...Read More »
4 of 38 | Posted by: Dianne Strickler - Springville, IA

“Becky and I send our sympathy to all of the family.....we will treasure all of the memories we have had thru the years....from dinners with the...Read More »
5 of 38 | Posted by: Stu and Becky Shepard - IA

“Stacey & Darin, I was very saddened to learn of your father's death. I hope that the memories you have will bring you some solace. Hugs to you both....Read More »
6 of 38 | Posted by: Carmen Jacobs-Wallace - IL

“Our thought and prayers are with the family. ”
7 of 38 | Posted by: Dale & Beverly Coleman - Pella, IA

“He was a great dentist, i never felt a thing! Doc, ill miss ya. ”
8 of 38 | Posted by: Charlie Warnock - San Francisco, CA

“We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Craig was not only our dentist but also a friend. He will be missed. ”
9 of 38 | Posted by: John and Cindy Shilling

“My condolences to the Stater family. Dr. Stater was a good man and someone I always respected. He was always very kind to my family which I very...Read More »
10 of 38 | Posted by: Shane McMahon - Ankeny, IA

“Just wanted to share our thoughts and prayers with the family. We lived in Centerville and in fact we were at First UMC last Sunday morning (9/20). ...Read More »
11 of 38 | Posted by: Rev. Dave and Dorothy Higdon - IA

“Dr. Stater will be greatly missed. He and his staff were always courteous, caring, and professional. We first met Dr. Stater after we had recently...Read More »
12 of 38 | Posted by: David & Gayle Johnson - Mystic, IA

“We are praying for all of the Stater family. We are so sorry for your loss. ”
13 of 38 | Posted by: Dick and Ruthie Howk - AR

“Dear Stater Family, So sorry to learn of the passing of your dad/grandpa. He always spoke often and fondly of you during our visits. You were truly...Read More »
14 of 38 | Posted by: Dianna Hudson Davis - Moulton, IA

“That is a beautiful tribute to a wonderful man. I enjoyed reading and learning about his earlier years. He will be missed. ”
15 of 38 | Posted by: Teresa - St. Louis, MO - Friend

“Dr. Stater has been our dentist for many years. He was always kind, compassionate and gentle in his practice and greeted you with a smile and such...Read More »
16 of 38 | Posted by: Norman and Kay Guffey - IA

“I met Craig when he was considering coming to Centerville. It was a privilege to know Dr. Stater and to have him serve our area for over 30 years as...Read More »
17 of 38 | Posted by: Dave and Ruth Taylor - Waukee, IA

“To all his loved ones, I extend my most sincere sympathy. Doc always had a way of making me feel at ease when I was in his dental patient chair. His...Read More »
18 of 38 | Posted by: Krishna Carlyke - Centerville, IA

“I was so sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers and thoughts for the family. ”
19 of 38 | Posted by: Janet Demry - Centerville, IA

“I had the privilege of calling Craig my good friend, as well as being my dentist, for many years. I am so sad to hear of his passing. He was a...Read More »
20 of 38 | Posted by: Sandy Warrick - Chariton, IA

“So sorry to hear of Craig's passing. Such a nice guy. Prayers for the family. ”
21 of 38 | Posted by: Julie Eckles - Centerville, IA

“Rest In Peace. Prayers to the family. ”
22 of 38 | Posted by: John and Cindy Brown - Ringgold, GA

“So sorry for your loss. Craig was a great person we are privileged to have know him. May you rest in peace. ”
23 of 38 | Posted by: Dennis & Charla Kepner - IA

“Several years ago when Craig was working on my teeth, he asked me what I was doing since I had retired. I told him I was helping an Albanian family...Read More »
24 of 38 | Posted by: Dorothy Haines - Exline, IA

“So sorry for you loss of a generous, kind-hearted, compassionate man. It was a privilege to know him and we were fortunate to have him in our lives...Read More »
25 of 38 | Posted by: Sharon Burch - Mystic, IA

“So sorry to hear of Craig's passing...thoughts and prayers to his children and grandchildren ”
26 of 38 | Posted by: Cheryl (Stater) Frye - Davenport, IA

“So sorry to hear of Craig's passing. A kind and giving person, good friend and dentist. He will be missed by many. "Earth has no sorrow that heaven...Read More »
27 of 38 | Posted by: Tisha Shepard - Centerville, IA

“So sorry to read of your loss. Please know our prayers are with you. ”
28 of 38 | Posted by: Roger and Sandy Griffing - IA

“I'd gone to Dr. Stater since I was a little girl. Where many dread dentist appointments, I actually liked going. He had a way of putting me at ease...Read More »
29 of 38 | Posted by: Michele Hume - Centerville, IA

“Dr. Stater was my dentist from the age of 3. I will turn 40 this year. Truly great man who was always so kind and gentle. Praying for your family. ”
30 of 38 | Posted by: Kristin (Wulff) Feucaloro - IA

“So sorry to hear this ”
31 of 38 | Posted by: Lynn Johnson \ Morrison - McCook

“So very sad to hear of your loss ! Dr. Stater was such a great man and will be missed by all who got to know him through out the years. Thoughts and...Read More »
32 of 38 | Posted by: Tammy Cadena (Parcel) - Fairfield, IA

“Dr Stater was not only my dentist for years but also the father of one of my best childhood friend, Stacey. I spent many many overnights at the...Read More »
33 of 38 | Posted by: Laura Curtis Johnson - Centervie, IA

“So sorry to condolances are being sent from Mary Jo Adams and Family... ”
34 of 38 | Posted by: maryjo adams - Centerville

“My condolences to Craig Staters Family ”
35 of 38 | Posted by: Jane Mullins - Parmelee, CO

“I had a dentist appointment with Dr. Stater on 9-11-2001,will never forget that day, he was busy with an emergency, so told me I would need to wait...Read More »
36 of 38 | Posted by: Carolyn Hoxton - Iowa City, IA

“Tony and I are so saddened to hear of Craig's passing. We appreciated him as our dentist and cared about him as a friend. May God comfort as only...Read More »
37 of 38 | Posted by: Jean Beeler - Omaha, NE - Friend

“You were a great friend and dentist. We will never forget your sense of humor and professionalism. You were the best! ”
38 of 38 | Posted by: Patti Lind - Centerville, IA

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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).