Craig S. Beachnaw

June 18, 1949 ~ October 1, 2018 (age 69)

Craig Beachnaw, 69, of Cheboygan, passed away Monday, October 1, 2018 at home.

A resident of Cheboygan since 2005, moving from Lansing, Craig was born June 18, 1949 in Cook County, Illinois, the son of Donald Beachnaw and Dona (Sutton) Twining.  He was a graduate of Grand Ledge Public Schools, and later served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, 1968-1971, as a Military Policeman.  Craig worked as a financial consultant and planner, and owned and operated several businesses in Lansing, including Centennial Property and Causality, for over 30 years, retiring in 2005.  He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and traveling, and was involved with Big Brothers and Big Sisters, the Wounded Warriors, and Honor Flights for Veterans.

Surviving are his son, Evan Beachnaw of Phoenix, Arizona, his longtime companion, Mary P. Brown of Cheboygan, his siblings, Holli Hamill of Eaton Rapids, and Kevin (Yvette) Beachnaw, and Shaun (Joseph) Ancona, both of Charlotte, his stepchildren, Derrick (wife, Sara Ashbaugh) Brown, and Bridgette (husband, Jordan Hogue) Brown, and Amy Kramp, Melissa Perales, and Lydia Millbrook, his aunt, Rosemary, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Kelli Beachnaw, a brother, Dennis Beachnaw, and a nephew, Lucas Beachnaw.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at noon, with the family greeting friends beginning at 11:00am, at the Pray Funeral Home in Charlotte.

Contibutions may be made to the Wounded Warriors @ in Craig’s honor.

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The Nordman-Christian Funeral Home is caring for the family.

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