Craig John Wiskus, son of Charles and Cleo (Dirkx) Wiskus, was born Oct. 28, 1960, at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll, Iowa, and died Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019, at his home in rural Exira, Iowa, at the age of 59.
Craig was baptized and confirmed at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Dedham, Iowa. He attended kindergarten in Gray, then St. Joseph Catholic School in Dedham, finally graduating from the Exira High School with the Class of 1980. Craig studied diesel mechanics at the Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, Iowa. He worked for various area implement dealers over the years. During this time, Craig ran his own moonlighting business called Wiskey’s Repair. He was also employed at Pella Corp. in Carroll and by Audubon County as the mechanic/shop foreman for a number of years. In 2010, he turned his moonlighting business into a full-time career. Craig operated the business until he was diagnosed with cancer in 2018 and had to retire.
On June 30, 2007, he married Leanne Tessman at his home in Exira. They blended their children together and became a family.
Craig was affiliated with Ross Calvary United Methodist Church in Ross, Iowa. Craig’s hobby was working. Especially on International combines and tractors. He enjoyed riding his Harley and could often be found “going around the block.” Craig and Leanne took many trips over the years. He loved to drive, seeing the sights along the way, and making sure to stop at every Harley dealership possible. They were able to take several nice trips this past year, including going to Alaska and Niagara Falls. He also enjoyed the family camping trips, preferably in a nice camper. But above all, Craig enjoyed being with his family, especially playing with and teasing the grandchildren.
Craig is survived by his wife, Leanne Wiskus, of Exira, Iowa; his children, Nathan Wiskus and his daughters Kendall and Ellie of Bellevue, Nebraska, Cody and wife LiHua Wiskus of Audubon, Iowa, Adam and wife Kasandra Wiskus and their daughter Danika of Moville, Iowa, Amanda and husband Chris Young and their children Shayle, Brooklynn, Matty and Hailey of Exira, and Melissa and husband Kyle Tena and their son Garrett of Grimes, Iowa; his mother, Cleo Wiskus, of Exira; his sisters Carla and husband David James of Glidden, Iowa, Crista Wiskus of Atlantic, Iowa, Cynthia and husband Mike Cleaver of Waukee, Iowa, and Carrie and husband Jeremy Tate of Beatrice, Nebraska; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Duane and Cleone Tessman, of Audubon; his brother-in-law Dave and wife Darcy Tessman of Audubon; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his son Matthew Sunberg; his father, Charles Wiskus; his brother Christopher Wiskus; his grandparents, John and Regina Wiskus and Raymond and Frances Dirkx; and his niece Danika James.
The family met with friends Friday evening, Dec. 27, 2019, at Kessler Funeral Home in Exira, Iowa. Funeral conducted by Pastor Steve Daiker was Saturday, Dec. 28, at the Ross Calvary United Methodist Church in Ross. Interment was at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Audubon. Honorary casket bearers were Jeremy Tate, David James, Mike Cleaver, Dave Tessman, Jerry Riesgaard, Dan Mannel and Kyle Kitelinger. Casket bearers were Kyle Barnett, Christopher James, Matthew Yockey, Dereck Tessman, Bryce Tessman and Tyler Tessman.