Craig Rye, 47, died unexpectedly in an ATV accident Dec. 19, 2011; he will be deeply missed. Craig was born in Rochester, Minn., April 30, 1964, graduated 1982 from Mayo High School. He has resided and made his living in floor covering in the Brainerd lakes area for the last 12 years. He is survived by his parents, Dave Rye, Preston, Minn., and Sonja Meyers, North Port, Fla.; siblings, Scott Rye, Rochester Minn., Chris Rye, Brainerd Minn., Todd Rye, Wkoff, Minn.; lifetime partner, Lois Skinner, Brainerd, Minn.; daughters, Jessica Ellman, Shakopee Minn., Amy Loen, Rochester, Minn., Laura Romness, Brainerd; and six living grandchildren. Visitation Thursday, Dec. 22, 4-7 p.m. at Nelson-Doran Funeral Home, Brainerd, with the celebration of life on Friday, Dec. 23 at 11 a.m. at Park United Methodist Church, 315 Sixth St. N., Brainerd. Viewing is an hour prior to the service and lunch to follow.
Arrangements by Nelson-Doran Funeral Home and Crematory. www.nelson-doran.com
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