Craig Robert Clair

February 19, 1962 - July 12, 2022

Craig Robert Clair


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Craig Robert Clair, 60, of Belvidere, IL passed away suddenly July 12, 2022. Born in Rockford, IL, at Swedish American Hospital, February 19, 1962, son of Robert and Linda (Starr) Clair. Craig attended Rock Valley College and graduated from Southern University. He owned and operated Rock Valley Packaging for 20 years, putting his life into the business. He loved sports, music and working at Rock Valley Packaging.

He is survived by his mother, Linda; sister, Cherie; niece, Chelsea and her husband, Kyle and their children, Aby and Wyatt; nephew, Cody and his wife, Paula; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Craig is predeceased by his father, Bob; and brother, Jim.

He will be greatly missed by his family, close friends and associates.

A visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 20, at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave., Belvidere, IL 61008.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m, Thursday, July 21, at the funeral home. Rev. Jim Bell will officiate. Burial in Lawrenceville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to The American Heart Association. To light a candle or share a condolence, please visit

Service Schedule

Wednesday, July 20, 2022
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services

218 West Hurlbut Ave
Belvidere, IL 61008


A visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 20, at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave., Belvidere, IL 61008.

Thursday, July 21, 2022
11:00 am

Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services

218 West Hurlbut Ave
Belvidere, IL 61008


Funeral services will be at 11 a.m, Thursday, July 21, at the funeral home. Rev. Jim Bell will officiate. Burial in Lawrenceville Cemetery.

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Burial in Lawrenceville Cemetery.

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Dear Linda, Cheri & Family
I attended your funeral for Craig and just watched all the wonderful pictures of his life activities, what wonderful memories you chose to share. God Bless you all in the loss of your son and brother. Love, Lyn

Lyn Pingle 2022-07-25T03:51:37

My heart felt sympathy goes out to Craig’s family. He was such a wonderful guy and boss. I always enjoyed his stories and insight into things. I felt like he genuinely cared about his employees and customers. He will be truly missed by all.
Debi Schaefer

Debi Schaefer 2022-07-21T20:28:37

So very sorry for your loss. Mark and I both have fond memories of Craig from our childhood. That great laugh and megawatt smile are forever in our hearts.

Patti and Mark DeWane

Patti DeWane 2022-07-21T20:05:52

What I will always remember most about Craig is his big smile and hearty laugh! The last time I saw him was at Cherie’s graduation from the police academy in LA. He was so proud of her and it was so fun to celebrate with him and her mom and dad. My heart goes out to the whole family and I pray that God’s peace and love will comfort you during this time.
Barb, Carl and Jenna Cambilargiu

Barbara Cambilargiu 2022-07-20T13:16:01

Craig was a good friend and will be missed by all!

Brett Armbruster 2022-07-20T12:55:56

Craig and I were friends in high school. I have many fond memories of us playing basketball and shagging golf balls. He was always fun to be around and I’ll never forget his laugh, which he did often. Gone far too soon, Craig will always live in my heart. So sad I cannot attend. Till we meet again, Craig!

Erich Schulze 2022-07-20T12:44:52

I worked with Craig for 10 years, He went beyond for us. He helped on many projects and he would figure out what made sense. He always took care of us. I enjoyed the conversations over the years about our businesses, events in the world, sports, life. He was a joy, great sense of humor, his voice was one of a kind. You would know when it was Craig on the phone. Its been a pleasure to have worked with him over the years, he will be truly missed. Working with Rock Valley will never be the same, who am I going to give a hard time too. Our thoughts are with you. So sorry for your loss.

Heather Leggett-Abdallah Candies 2022-07-20T07:23:04

When I first entered the chipboard/corrugate market , Craig was the first supplier I was able to connect with. Always kind hearted , honest , and willing to go above and beyond for his client base. He put me through some good paces and helped guide me through this difficult market. I was deeply sadden to hear about his passing , my thoughts and prayers are with the Clair family.

Nicholas Zarth 2022-07-19T13:28:40

I/we will miss Craig greatly. He was a great customer for many years and a wonderful man I considered a friend. We spent many hours chatting over the years about his business outlook and plans to always improve his company. He was a great guy to be with always. He had a great and steady moral compass and had outstanding ethics. I’m sure my impressions are shared by all.

Lonny Gold 2022-07-18T14:36:50

I am heartbroken to hear this sad news. Craig always had a smile and a story. He always went above and beyond for his customers that he treated as friends. I have worked with Craig for over 30 years. Him and I would talk family, sports, and everything in-between. He will be in my prayers.

Trina Winn 2022-07-18T12:39:41

Linda & Cherie,

I have known Craig for about 15 years and have enjoyed too many lunches and discussions about his business. I have enjoyed my friendship with him and will miss him so much. I always collected interesting box designs and would share them with Craig and he rip apart the beautiful box so he could understand the design better. I enjoyed his companionship and friendship and will forever count him as a friend. I know his faith carried him through life as he would talk about Joel Osteen and would mention thoughts from his books. My thoughts are with your family and know that others will be grieving with you as well.

With Love,
Brent Ward

Brent Ward 2022-07-18T10:19:57

Linda & Cherie,
Please send our thoughts and prayers to the entire family. Braswell’s has worked with Craig for 10 years and it has been a pleasure. Craig was always great to work with and I always enjoyed exchanging stories about families and our businesses over the years. He will be truly missed.
Stuart H. Saussy , VP
Braswell Food Co.

STUART SAUSSY 2022-07-18T09:57:55

Our condolences to the Family . We worked with Craig for many years and he was a wonderful person and had many stories to tell upon his visits.
He will be dearly missed.

Rohrer Corporation -Evelyn & Kerry 2022-07-18T09:57:28

Linda & Cherie,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you both during this time. So many great memories of Craig and his many visits to Graham Rd. Always friendly and outgoing to all of us. Just like his Dad. We love you! Steve, Jill, Hannah & Sarah

Bimmerle family 2022-07-17T20:38:43

Dearest Linda,

With deepest sympathy sending you LOVE during this difficult time of sadness. May you receive consoling grace from above. Izzie Spotz

Isidora 2022-07-17T20:01:38

Linda , I’m so sorry to hear this painful news ! I can’t imagine your heartbreak right now . Sending love and prayers for the hope that the memories you have will ease your pain . Sincerely Roxanne and Rich Marshallsay

Roxanne Marshallsay 2022-07-17T19:27:29

Linda and family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss… My prayers & thoughts are with you during this difficult time..

Janie Nilsen 2022-07-17T18:05:47

We are So sorry to hear of your loss of Craig!
Our thoughts are with you at yet another family member gone. Praying for you. We are here if you need us. Bob & Marge

Bob & Marge Dwan 2022-07-17T08:28:05

Dear Linda…..So very very sorry for your loss. Our sympathy and prayers to you and your family. ❤️🙏🏼❤️

Kathy Mechler 2022-07-16T22:02:20

Sorry for your loss of Craig he was an upbeat all around decent guy sending prayers to your family

Anne Wise 2022-07-16T20:56:34

I am so very sorry to hear of Craig’s passing he was always an upbeat outgoing type of guy prayers to you and your family

Anne Wise 2022-07-16T20:54:02

I’m thinking of you two and praying for comfort. Craig was always an upbeat and positive person with a big smile on his face. God hold you both in the palm of His hands. 💙

Julie Kolkmeyer Cherney 2022-07-16T17:03:16

Linda you are in my thoughts. Condolences to you and Cher

Cheryl Barlow 2022-07-16T12:50:58

Aunt Linda & Cherie- Praying for you both, as you navigate life without Craig. My family will miss him dearly, and family get togethers will never be the same, without his laugh filling the room. My heart hurts. Love you both. Reach out if you need anything.
Alicia, Michael, Jackson, Miles and Everly

Alicia Corbin 2022-07-15T10:48:58

Linda and Cherie so sorry to hear about Craig’s passing I was such a kind man. my thoughts and prayers are with you both during this difficult time.

Vickie Hansen 2022-07-15T10:26:35

Linda & Cherie, We are so sorry to hear of Craig’s passing. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time.

Paulette & Bill Bryan

Paulette Bryan 2022-07-15T09:40:57

Linda and Cherie, I am so sorry to hear that you have lost Craig, especially on Jim’s birthday 😢
There was always laughter when Craig was around 💔🙏
Praying for you both
Love Cindy

Cindy Saunders 2022-07-15T09:17:22

Linda and Cherie so sorry for your loss. Craig was one of a kind. I will always remember bus rides to basketball games . He always had something humorous to say. We all were the lucky ones to have known him.

Mark Rhode 2022-07-15T08:52:31

So sorry for your loss Linda and Cherie. He will be greatly missed. Have some great memories. I will never forget Milwaukee and all our birthday lunches. I here for you.

Aunt Connie 2022-07-15T08:40:44

Craig’s wonderful sense of humor will be missed by all! Prayers for Linda and Cherri!

Amy Miller 2022-07-15T08:23:16

Craig, my team mate and lifelong friend. I will miss you.

Greg Effler 2022-07-15T01:22:25

So very sorry to hear about Craig’s passing. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. May the many wonderful memories help ease the pain of your loss.

Marcia Rhode Schultz 2022-07-14T23:47:13

My condolences, Craig will be missed!

Brett Armbruster 2022-07-14T21:12:37

Our hearts are very heavy of hearing the loss of your son, Craig. Sending prayers and hugs from NC. Sarah and Ross Schroeder

Sarah 2022-07-14T16:47:49


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