Craig DeMeo, 67 of Valparaiso, passed away on Wednesday, May 10, 2023. He was born on June 5, 1955 in Buffalo, NY to John and Shirley (Alfano) DeMeo. After graduating from Valparaiso High School, Craig went on to obtain an associates in applied science. What didn’t Craig do? In his early life, Craig was a member of the Porter County sheriff reserve, he then made his career as a locomotive mechanic at Bethlehem Steel for 30 years and was a director of heating and air and taught at Ivy Tech. He was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, enjoyed fishing in Florida and Corvette cars. He took pride in his work, finding creative solutions to fix a multitude of problems. When he wasn’t working hard, he was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Craig was a caring father, grandfather, and brother. He will be deeply missed.
Craig is survived by his children, Joseph (Nicole) DeMeo and Amber (Bryan) Cygan; sisters, Debra (John) Conrick, Karen (Bob) Maynard, and JoAnn (Frank) Blasingame; grandchildren, Gabrial, Eden, Avery, and Rynnleigh Cygan, and Joseph and Lia DeMeo; and the mother of his children, Sharon (Bill) Kaminski. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Shirley DeMeo; grandmother, Edith Alfano; and grandparents, Joseph and Louise DeMeo.
There will be a Celebration of Life held at his sister’s house, 4707 Hyde Park Dr., Valparaiso, on Saturday, May 13, 2023 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM.
Amber and Joey I know you're daddy was a very special man & Loved you both so much. It will be so hard for all of you. Fill your lives with joy and laughter. Your daddy will be with be with you always. Take care of each other and your families Blessings too all of you. -Rachael Leach
The Wiltfong family is thinking of you and praying for you in this tough time. He will certainly be missed. We love you. -Roger Wiltfong
Thoughts and prayers to Craig's family during this difficult time. Also to his sister Debra who was in VHS Class of 71. -Cindy Magers Arlt
This is Wayne and Linda Hardesty, we are deeply sorry to hear that Craig passed away, our condolences to the family. I worked with Craig a lot of years at the mill and have a lot of good memories over the years. He will be missed a lot. Sorry we won’t be able to make the celebration of live as we are traveling but we will be thinking of him and the family, -Wayne Hardesty
My deepest condolences to all the people who loved him. He spoiled his grandchildren rotten and they will have precious memories of him. He was always giving Joe and amber a helping hand and will be sorely missed by them.. The suffering is over. May he rest in peace. -Cathy Connaway
The Pleasure was mine to work with him for many years. He was one Heck of a Good Man. Very kind man. See you when I get there. -Daniel Blumer
Am and Joe- My heart breaks for you all. Your Dad was an AMAZING man who loved his family fiercely. Sounds cliche, but "who" he is and the people you both have become (which are INCREDIBLE spouses and parents) will always be there because he influenced it all. I am so, so sad that I can't be there Saturday to celebrate him. Know that not only did he influence you, but all the Chesterton kids of the 90s and early 2000s that were able to get to know him! Love you guys! -Scarlet "Scar" Spain
You will be missed Craig, so many memories we shared. Your laugh still rings in my ears. Thinking if your family during this super hard time, my prayers are with them all. I won’t say goodbye i’m gonna leave it at cya later because i believe we will, c’ya later my friend what a celebration that will be! -Leanne Hamrick
I am saddened to learn of this. Worked with him at Ivy Tech and he was always willing to go the extra mile for his students. I feel honored to know him. -Paul Czarnecki
I worked with Craig at Ivy Tech and he was an amazing instructor, program chair and friend. I am glad his suffering is over but will always miss our chats at school. God bless you my friend! -Jason Gordon