Craig R. Scott
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September 30, 2019
Craig R. Scott, of Aurora, died unexpectedly on September 30th at the age of 71.
Craig is survived by his daughter Annie Peffer of Monroe, NY, his daughter Betsy Peffer and her husband Bob Merkel of Centennial, CO, and his son Rodney Peffer and his wife Heather of Aurora, CO. Craig was a grandfather of 5: Haley, Hayden, Jake, Tyler, and Hunter. Craig is also survived by his siblings, Mark Scott and Carole Rehder.
Craig was born and raised in Iowa, but spent most of his adult life in Colorado and California. Craig served our country in the Army, held jobs in the telecommunications and cable industries and later in life became a successful aerospace test engineer with Lockheed Martin. Craig was passionate about photography and loved the natural beauty of the American West.
Despite only being married briefly, Craig was a devoted and caring father to his three step-children and five grandchildren for the remainder of his life. He will be dearly missed.
There will be a celebration of Craig's life held in Colorado Springs later this month. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the National Park Foundation.

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Published in The Gazette on Oct. 6, 2019.
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October 11, 2019
Today is my 16th wedding anniversary and on that day I have so many fond memories of my Uncle Craig. He and Uncle Mark brought my grandparents down to the wedding and unfortunately for all of us the time we discovered how much they were failing. He and Mark kept track of them (no small endeavor) and allowed them to be a part of that day. My grandmother enjoyed every minute of it. I had friends later tell me how much they enjoyed my funny bald uncles who hooted when asked if they were twins. He also took a shine to friends daughter and took many amazing photos of her. He later printed them and sent them (the old days). They were very touched by this gesture. Uncle Craig was especially good to my husband Ted and they even met up when he was in CA . He was a delightful man and uncle and will be missed.
Christine Rehder
October 9, 2019
Craig and I were double cousins. His mother was my Dad's sister, and his father was my mom's brother. Many Sundays were spent together either at our farm near Cambridge or their home in Ft. Dodge. What I remember most about our families being together was tha laughter and genuine love and caring. As the youngest of the five of us cousins, I was always welcomed and included in everything. Four years ago, we were able to all get together again for a few days, and that time together was priceless. I shall always remember Craig for his kindness, his high intellect, and his incredible sense of humor. He will he deeply missed.
Donna Christopherson-McNutt
October 9, 2019
I had the distinct good fortune to be a close friend with Craig during the 10th, 11th and 12th grade at Fort Dodge Senior High. Craig was often a guest at our home where, along with my mother, we would watch TV and ponder the future. He was part of a small group of friends that made a world of difference during those pivotal and challenging years. The last time I got to spend time with Craig was after my return from Vietnam in 1969. Craig was in the 82d Airborne Division and contemplating volunteering for combat. To some small extent I hope our conversation helped dissuade him. I never saw Craig again and although over the years I did try to reconnect, it was not meant to be. I loved and respected my friend and took his memory with me wherever I went. To his brother Mark, I send my deepest condolences and to Craig I send my love and prayers. Say "Hi" to my mom Craig and I will miss you. Don't "shag the drag" without me buddy.
Colin Elrod
October 8, 2019
I was blessed with Craig's friendship for many years. We graduated from FDSH together and remained life long friends. Craig was a gentle man and my heart will always dearly miss him. He cherished every moment with his family and friends. Fly high my special friend. Fly high!!
Vicki DeLong
October 6, 2019
Craig (Pa),
It was an honor to know you & share the best times with Rodney, Heather, Haley, Hayden & Hunter at family events, Bronco games & the many school functions. You are surely being missed & will be remembered always. Thoughts & Love,
Carolyn (Nana)
Carolyn North
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