July 22, 1961 ~ May 8, 2021
Craig Fiedler, 59, passed away on May 8, 2021 at his residence in Moorhead, MN. Craig Raymond Fiedler was born on July 22, 1961 to Raymond and Marlene Fiedler in Wheaton, MN, the first of four children. Craig grew up on the family farm and graduated from Wheaton High School in 1979. He went to Moorhead Tech for Culinary School (aka chef school) obtaining a two year degree. Craig worked for Buttrey Foods in Moorhead in the early years as a baker. He then went to work for Costco Wholesale in June of 1987. He was hired as a baker to help set up the first in-warehouse bakeries. Craig wore many different “hats” in his Costco career, from baker, to bakery manager, to floor manager, receiving manager, meat manager, administrative manager, and finally assistant warehouse manager. His Costco career started by relocating to Seattle and then transferring to the warehouse in Billings. Then the move home to the West Fargo warehouse. Craig enjoyed the old bakery days the most but as Assistant Manager his biggest joy was meeting the many members, who would eventually become friends, as he would walk the warehouse floor several times a day to be sure things were running smoothly. During those days at Buttrey Foods, Craig met Linda while working together in the bakery. Life led them to a move to Seattle where they both worked at Costco and stayed for five years. They were married on August 12, 1989 in Fargo, ND. They moved to Billings, MT in 1991, settling in a house outside Joliet, MT, described by Craig as the best days of their lives. Craig loved hunting, especially pheasants. He got his first dog, a black lab named Hobbes, one month after they settled in their Montana home. He also enjoyed deer hunting and ice fishing. He spent many of his days off in the open field, woods or on the ice. He also liked woodworking, refinishing several old pieces of furniture and even took up log furniture building which included gathering the timbers, drilling the holes, and assembling them. He made several beds and tables, always proud of the unique style that came out of the finished product. Another hobby was planting various fruit trees. He started his own small orchard. He grew pears, blueberries, cherries, apricots, and apples. Craig’s hobby list was long, and included: cooking, grilling, using his Traeger smoker, he was never afraid to try a new recipe. He was an avid Rosemeade pottery collector, he enjoyed the ‘thrill of the find’ in small antique stores. His current position in the North Dakota Rosemeade Pottery Club (NDPCS) was that of vice-president. He cherished his Rosemeade friends and loved learning from and connecting with others who shared the same passion. Craig was baptized and confirmed in the Ave Maria Catholic Church in Wheaton, MN. Upon his marriage, he converted to Lutheran and was an active member of Joliet Lutheran Church in Montana for over twenty years and was a current member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Moorhead, MN. Craig is survived by his wife Linda, of nearly 32 years, his father Raymond Fiedler (Wheaton, MN), his 105 year-old grandmother Evelyn Kidder (Fergus Falls, MN), his siblings: Lynn (Rick) Farr (Cold Spring, MN), Rick (Dori) Fiedler (Rothsay, MN), Kim (Brian) Hankel (Hartford, SD). He had a special bond with each of his nieces and nephews and was always so very proud of them: Nick, Cole, Victoria, Noah, Brooke, Dylan, Dana (Marce), Kayla, Tess (Cameron), Lance, Lauren, Jacey, and Sydney. He is also survived by special friends: Danny, Corrie, Adam, Tayler, Levi, and Logan, as well as many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Preceding Craig in death include his beloved mother, Marlene, Grandpa Larry, Grandpa Clarence, Grandma Sophie, and Grandpa Con. Special thanks to the Sanford Hospice Nurses for their kind and compassionate care during this difficult time.
Such a great manager and friend to all.
Linda, I send you our most sincere and heartfelt sympathies of your loss in Craig…..
His happy face and enthusiasm will be missed by his friends and loved ones. His joy of collecting our favorite pieces of North Dakota pottery, in shared passion with you Linda and with his friends in our pottery collecting society, is a memory we will always keep dear in our thoughts.
Know that we are with you in prayers of joy, knowing Craig has found his eternal rest with his family and friends and his God, Linda. I will always remember him as friend and fellow lover of the outdoors, of the Art of Pottery, and of great hunting dogs and game. Craig was a good man and his ethics and values were to admire and aspire to.
Rest in Peace Friend ~
God’s arms are wrapped tightly around Craig. May you cherish the memories, the love and the laughter you both shared with whomever you met. I will forever remember the first time we met at the Joliet Lutheran Church, the COSTCO visits, seeing you annually at the BHS parade, and again at Jodi’s wedding. You’re very loved Linda. Peace be with you now and always.
Craig was such an outgoing friendly person; I don’t remember a time when he didn’t take the time to visit with me when we crossed paths in Costco. I know your heart is heavy but he will love on forever because of the way he treated people. We’re thinking of you and sending our love.
Rest in Peace Craig! I will miss talking with you in Costco about our Dad’s and their recent adventures. Prayers to the whole Fiedler family!
Linda….. Mydlands filled Josh and I in on their return from ND. Am so sorry Craig and you along with family had to take this awful journey. It takes a strong willed person to fight so long and hard and special people to walk beside them. We are thinking of you family and pray for peace and comfort.
Love this guy and am going to miss his smile and wit! Linda this is a beautiful memory written in his honor. Keep him tight … he’s not far away ❤️
Much love to you ❌⭕️ Lori (Johnson) Elliott
Linda, my condolences to you and family. I will always remember my wonderful neighbors across “The Creek “!
I remember my twin and I celebrating our 50th Birthday at your home by Joliet. Such fond memories of your beautiful home and your kind hospitality. Hearing the pheasants and the running stream by your beautiful home with the windows open at night. And I remember the labs -Hobbs. Craig had such a great sense of humor and a man of good Christian values. Linda, our thoughts and prayers and know that we will be with our loved ones again.
I am so sorry for your loss. I loved Craig like an older brother and enjoy the times that we spent together. Our yearly pheasant hunting trips with Jim and Brad will always be some of my favorite memories. After you guys moved back to ND I always looked forward to our calls or Craig’s humorous texts. Craig was a good man and I am proud to have had him as a friend.
My heart goes out to Craig’s family & friends. Craig was a dear friend & classmate from Wheaton. He was always a bright light in our class, fun to be around and always smiling. The memories will be cherished and his presence missed at the class reunions. I wish All of you Peace during this difficult time and my wish for Craig is Grace in the hands of Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Until we met again…
LINDA my sincere condolences to you and all of Craig’s extended family.
Hi Linda I am So extremely sorry about Craig I loved him as a brother Craig and I spent a lot of time fishing and I look forward to it. The past few years we weren’t able to do that because of different circumstances but listening and talking to Craig on the phone and text messages I enjoyed a lot I will miss Craig forever . He was more than just a friend he was more like my brother than my real brothers and he was always there if I needed someone to talk to I will love and miss him.
Rest In Peace Craig. You were a very special friend. God will take care of you now.
Linda, our thoughts and prayers are with you and all of your extended family. Craig, thank you for all of the great memories. We are going to miss you my friend. Rest in peace 🙏🙏🙏
Hard working person who will be missed. Thanks for all you did at work. My sympathy goes out to family and friends of Craig.
What a smile! What a kind man! What a sincere and caring man! Linda, you and Craig were always Montana peeps in our eyes! I spoke to Corie tonight and she was having a hard time… You were family to the Mydland’s. David and I will pray, pray, pray for all of the family but especially Linda and Ray, that the Lord will help you through this terrible time.
My heart aches for you Linda. You and Craig were treasured members of JLC and the Joliet community. You have never been forgotten here. Many prayers are ascending as we share in this time, yet we know in Whose presence Craig rejoices.
Peace to your heart.
My deepest sympathies and prayers are with the Fiedler family
Linda, our sincere sympathy. You fought with him every step of the way. God’s blessings.
Linda, I am deeply sorry for your loss. He was truly the BEST baker ,Boss and friend. I will miss him. You are in my prayers.
Sincerely, Keith Greyn
Always a friendly smile on Craig’s face. He will be missed by so many and for so many reasons. My deepest sympathy to the family.
I want to let you know your in our family prayers. God bless you in your loss of Craig. May we get together to share stories and talk about your life together. Thanks you for sharing about him when we could talk at church.
God bless you we will be out of town so unable to attent the funeral Vic Teigen
Linda so sorry for a great loss to you and the family. Craig was such a great guy. I feel so fortunate that I was able to see him.I will miss visiting with him when I come to Fargo and making him his special cake. May his soul rest in peace . Prayers and hugs to you and your family.
Craig is going to be missed so much. I have already missed seeing him walk the floor in the morning at Costco. RIP Craig
Craig (Craig-O) Fiedler was one of the finest individuals I’ve ever known – I know he’d laugh at that . God , we worked hard and we would party hard ! He was always there if you needed anything ; and he’d always call you out if you did a bonehead move . I know he loved and cared for his wife , Linda . ( You are in our prayers , girl) Craig-O , long may you run , brother . . I’ll see you on the other side .
Craig was a great guy. Remember running into him several times in Moorhead during our college days.RIP Craig
Linda, I am so sorry for your loss. I am going to miss catching up on the latest fishing tips and rooster counts, tales of chasing elk and missed opportunities, but most of all I’m going to miss the friendship and companionship of a good friend. Rest in peace Craig, I’ll see you on the other side.
Prayers to you and your family
Linda, We are so saddened for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. Craig will always be remembered through the many memories Mike had ice fishing and bird hunting with Craig out at Cooney. As well as working together with him at Costco in Billings. He will be missed by many…