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January 27, 1950 - December 19, 2023

A memorial will held next summer on his beloved North Lake. Memorial contributions may be given to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or Centrica Care Navigators, in c/o the funeral home.

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Age 73, passed away late Tuesday night, December 19, 2023. Craig was born in Kalamazoo on January 27, 1950, the son of Gerald and Donna (Benzenberg) Yaple. He was married to Linda Zimmerman who survives him. Craig was a graduate of Western Michigan University. He worked for many years at the Kalamazoo Gazette, where he met Linda. Craig was a home remodeling specialist and was owner of Homeowner’s Helper. He found great satisfaction in helping people with home maintenance issues. Craig retired during the pandemic, but remained active in many other ways until he became ill. Nothing gave him more joy than being with his family and his friends on North Lake. Besides his wife, Craig is survived by his son, Ryan Yaple of Gobles; granddaughter, MacKenzie Pennell; sisters in law Fran (Al) Bruss and Barbara Hamming; nieces and nephews; and many, many friends. Craig was preceded in death by his father; and his mother, Donna Yowler; sister in law, Sue Zimmerman.