Funeral services for Dr. Craig Alan Bex, of Cedar Rapids, were held on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, at the Edgewood Family Fellowship Church with Pastor Dave Beals officiating. Private family burial was in the Cedar Memorial Cemetery with military honors accorded by the American Legion Post 727 and the United States Air Force. Kevin Stittsworth, pianist, and Mark Phillips, vocalist, shared “My Tribute”, “Go Rest High on that Mountain”, “Because He Lives”, “Majesty” and “I’ll Fly Away”. Casket bearers included Steve Russell, Steve Bartman, Mike Myers, Steve Phillips, Scott Ogburn and Terry Johnson. Honorary casket bearers were James Allen Bex, Fidel Jackson, Ray Bertrand and Peter Teahen.
Craig Alan Bex was born Sept. 29, 1953, in Clinton, Iowa. He was placed at birth in the Annie Whittenmeyer Children’s Home in Davenport, Iowa. He was adopted from the home by Norman and Stella Bex. He was raised with a younger sister, JoAnnette, who was also adopted.
Craig started music lessons at age four and continued through high school, being active in band, orchestra, vocal music and theatre. He attended Washington High School in Cedar Rapids. Craig and a group of friends, along with the encouragement of Mr. Ashford, vocal music instructor, founded the Washington Madrigal Singers who have won many awards and national titles.
After high school he enlisted in the United States Air Force and was trained as a Medical Service Specialist, with additional training as an anesthesiology technician. He flew medical air-evac during the Vietnam era. While stationed at Lackland Air Force Base he met Olga Flores and the two were married on Dec. 2, 1972, in Floresville, Texas. Following his discharge, Craig was a piano and organ salesman and demonstrator for two music companies in Texas. While working in Lubbock he was minister of music at a local church. When the pastor of the church resigned, Craig was asked to assume his duties.