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Craig Wayne Tuttle, 24, of California, passed away Tuesday, May 3, 2011, unexpectedly at his home. He was born July 29, 1986, in Jefferson City, to Mark W. Tuttle and Sherlyn Girard Tuttle Koetting. His father survives in Clarksburg. His mother and step-father, Greg Koetting, survive in Jefferson City. Craig always had a smile on his face and never stayed in a bad mood for long. He was fun to be around and always enjoyed a good joke. His greatest joy was realizing his dream of owning his own home in 2008. Craig reveled in visits from family and friends and his almost daily trips to MR. G'S for sodas. He took great pride in his pets, Pinto and Fluffy. They were a close-knit family of three. Craig liked nothing better than watching WWE wrestling or old westerns from his vast video collection on his big screen TV. He usually made sure he had bacon cheeseburgers and fries from Z Diner or Sonic for his idea of the perfect evening of TV watching. Both places knew his order before he even asked. Craig graduated from California High School in 2005 and began working at the upper level Capitol Projects workshop on Hwy. 179 in Jefferson City shortly after. He developed close friendships there while learning new skills with each new job assignment. In addition to his parents, Craig will be sadly missed by his sister and brother in-law, Alaina and Ryan Volkart; nephew, Connor Volkart; maternal grandmother, Lu Girard; paternal grandmother, Zoie Tuttle, whom are all of California; two step-sisters, Amanda Koetting of Overland Park, Kan. and Laura Koetting of O'Fallon; maternal aunts, Cindy Martin and friend David Wilde of Jefferson City, and Janell Coats of Heston, Kan.; paternal uncles, Ronald Tuttle and wife Patty of St. Louis, Richard Tuttle and wife Cindy, Robert Tuttle and wife Sue, Jim Tuttle, and Ken Tuttle and wife Angie, all of California; and numerous cousins and friends. Craig was preceded in death by maternal grandfather, John "Jake" C. Girard and paternal grandfather, Eugene F. Tuttle. Funeral services will be held on Friday May 6, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. at Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services. Burial will be at the California Evangelical Cemetery. Officiating will be Rev. Collette Jones with Eulogist, Mayor Norris Gerhart. Visitation will be Thursday, May 5, 2011, from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the Craig Wayne Tuttle Memorial Fund, c/o Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, 100 S. Oak St. California, MO 65018. Craig often said he and the guys had nowhere to sit outside for breaks at the workshop. His family would like to provide one in his memory. Arrangements are under the direction of Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, California.
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