Craig Earl Ewy, 52, spoke frequently with faith, confidence and excitement knowing that the time was near when he would be leaving this life to forever be in the presence of Jesus. On Friday, September 10, 2021 on the family farm where he had lived his entire life Craig was welcomed into the arms of his Father.
Craig was born October 26, 1968 in Newton, Kansas, to Earl and Carol Ewy. From a very young age it became evident that Craig was destined to become a farmer. As a fourth generation farmer, Craig would learn everything he would ever need to know from his father, Earl and his Grandpa Rueben. Farm life and being a farmer would shape Craig into the hard working man that he became. Working the land he learned that when the time came to plant or harvest, that was what had to be done, regardless of what other activities or things may be going on. Craig prided himself on the fact that he could cram three days of farming into just 24 hours. Craig was very adept at welding and if he couldn’t find what he was looking for, he had the engineering skills to build it himself, which had been passed onto him from his father. He would spend countless hours in his shop building and designing things to make their farm more efficient. There was no project too big or too small for him to tackle. You never saw Craig without a pair of pliers and baling wire because he knew it might come in handy.
Craig’s love of farming and tending the soil would be something he would enjoy his entire life and he would take great pride in. Along with planting the usual crops found in Kansas such as soybeans, corn, wheat, milo and sunflowers, Craig was never afraid to try something new and he wasn’t afraid of what people would think when he would try his hand planting some of the non‑traditional crops rarely seen in Harvey County such as Sunn Hemp and sesame. Always a businessman and entrepreneur, Craig was continuously searching for ways to expand the family farm but at times it could be hard to find outlets to market the final commodity of “exotic” crop. There was more to McDonald’s sesame-seed bun than at first blush.
Craig shared his love and knowledge of farming with anyone that desired to learn about hard work. His humble demeanor made him the perfect teacher for high school students that would spend their summers beside him learning about farming and helping to work the land. There wasn’t anything about farming that Craig wasn’t willing to share or teach someone.
From Craig’s first marriage he was blessed with three children, Matraca, Monica, and Jacob, and when Craig wasn’t busy farming, Craig enjoyed travelling. Craig’s trip in which he took his children to Disney to see Mickey was a memory he cherished. Spending time with his family and friends was important to him and vacationing was a great way to build relationships. His annual four‑wheeling trips to Colorado were always a favorite. This year in late July while taking a break from chemo, the trip with his brother-in-law, Arlen, to Colorado would prove to be especially good for his soul. Trips to Florida, Hawaii and other places would mean an opportunity for Craig to sample yet more Mexican food and things with a cajun flare.
Most mornings Craig could be found with a small group of loyal and close friends at the Hesston Tru Value. Here they would share stories, compare rainfall totals, drink cheap coffee, enjoy a good cinnamon roll, and solve the world’s problems.
In February 2016 Craig would marry the love of his life and best friend, Jeni. Though some people can be skeptical of online dating, their love was brought together through the Farmer’sOnly.com dating site. Their courtship would be brief but the love they shared was deep and abiding. Jeni would bring to the marriage her children Harley and Cooper, who Craig would take in and love as though they were his own flesh and blood. Jeni’s shared love of the Lord would lead Craig to convert to the Catholic faith shortly after they were married. Craig would attend daily mass whenever he got the chance and with his renewed relationship with Christ, his love and generous spirit would flourish. Together their new blended family would learn about unconditional love as they would learn to celebrate each other’s company, faithful love, and what it means to live the farm life.
Craig was diagnosed with myxoid liposarcoma in February of 2019. Never one to complain about the hand that life had dealt him or to shy away from the diagnosis, Craig faced his cancer head on with grace and peace that can only come from his personal relationship with his Lord and Savior. When it had become apparent that the cancer treatments were no longer working, Craig made the courageous decision to pursue quality of life. In his last weeks, Craig often spoke of how humbling it was to see Christ’s love in action through the neighbors and friends that would visit, support him, and love him and his family through his all-too-short battle with cancer. Though cancer took his life, it never dimmed his spirit or faith. Those lucky enough to have Craig in their life and call him a friend will miss his loyalty, his faithfulness and knowing that he would always be the one to show up whenever anything was needed. Craig’s generous and loving spirit allowed him to leave his friends and family better for having known him and this world better for having him in it.
Craig is survived by his partner in crime and loving wife, Jeni; his children Matraca (Jordan) Smith, McPherson, Kansas; Monica (Tate) Minchew, Lubbock, Texas; Jacob Ewy, Newton, Kansas; and Harley and Cooper McCormick of the home. He is also survived by his mother, Carol Ewy, Hesston, Kansas; and sisters Diane (Mark) Yoder, Phoenix, Arizona, and Lanita (Arlin) Bohn, Overland Park, Kansas. He is also survived by his loyal farming partner and friend Adam Grieser (Vanessa), Newton, Kansas, his nieces and nephews and too many friends to count. Craig was preceded in death by his father, Earl Ewy.
Craig served his community volunteering for the Moundridge and Hesston fire departments. He served as an officer on the Emma Township Board and was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Memorials may be made to the OLG Altar Society or OLG Knights of Columbus in care of Petersen’s Funeral Home, 201 N. Main, Newton, Kansas, 67114.
Holy Rosary will be 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 15 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Newton with visitation following 7:00 to 9:00.
Catholic Funeral Mass will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, September 16 at Our Lady
of Guadalupe Church. Private family burial to follow.
I’m sorry we never got to meet Craig. He sounds like a wonderful person. Please know I am thinking of you and praying for you. We love you. Aunt Janice & Family.
I am so sad over Craig’s passing though I only had last fall’s harvest to meet and get to know him to briefly. Even then I admired his attitude and tenacity as he would run to KC for treatment and then come back and put in an afternoon and evening on the combine. My view is that even though he couldn’t survive his cancer, he won the battle because he fought it and lived his life on his terms rather than letting it control his life. Rest in Peace, Craig. You are missed.
Our sincere sympathy to Craig’s family during this time of your loss.
Craig and Jeni were both patients of mine when I worked family practice, and I remember my absolute delight when I discovered that these two wonderful people were getting married. My heart aches for the family.
I met Craig at True Value coffee a few years ago. I always enjoyed visiting with him. I called him a week ago Friday .He was ready for a short visit. I went and visited him as he sat in his shop. I’m so sorry for all of you. May God be with you all. A friend Raymond Novak.
Even though I never got to meet Craig, I’m sure he was a wonderful husband and a great father. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
I met Craig at my son’s funeral and got the immediate impression he would be someone I’d have loved to spend more time with.
What a wonderful obituary honoring the life and character of Craig. We extend our deepest sympathy to all of his family.
I had the distinct pleasure of serving on the McPherson Co. Rural Fire District #7, “Moundridge”, He was a very knowledgeable man, very patient and kind and caring person, a true one of a kind.
Had a wonderful time with Craig and Arlin Bohn on his last mountain ride in July. Craig was very much at peace with what he was dealing and looking forward to what God had prepared for him!!
R.I.P. my cuz.
Your in good hands of our Lord.
To the rest of my family I wish I could be there , but you all are in my thoughts and prayers.
With all my love
I know Monica will forever miss a Daddy as special as that. A wonderful tribute to him. Love hugs and prayers for all his family.
This tribute is so beautiful! I’ve never heard anything but wonderful things about Craig. I did see how happy he made Jeni when they married. We are truly sorry for your family’s loss. You are in our prayers.
I’ll remember Craig as the one who let me put my bee at his place and his love for the comb honey. He is missed at the coffee @ the hardware store.It was an honor to have considered him a friend. Jack Hobbs