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Craig Allen Pitkin, beloved husband and cherished friend, passed away on April 16, 2024, at the age of 67. He was born on January 21, 1957, in Riverside, California, to John and Lois (Levison) Pitkin. His family later moved to Bloomington, MN, where Craig graduated from Bloomington Kennedy High School with the class of 1975.

Craig’s career path led him to become a skilled machine operator, first at ADC Telecommunications in Shakopee and later at Nvent in Anoka. After many years of hard work, he recently retired just a few months ago.

On April 8, 1995, Craig went on a blind date that would change his life forever. Meeting Julie Koepp, he knew she was the one for him. They were married at Elim Lutheran Church in Robbinsdale in August of 1996.

Beyond his professional and personal life, Craig had a passion for golf. He found find joy on the course, particularly at Baker National Course in Medina. He also enjoyed bowling and looked forward to his annual fishing and hunting trips to Squaw Lake with friends, where stories were shared, memories were made, and laughter echoed through the woods.

His easygoing nature and genuine kindness made him a cherished friend; he always ready to lend a helping hand and offer a listening ear. He was someone that could easily carry on a conversation, as he liked to tell stories and recount special memories.

Craig’s love extended not only to his human companions but also to his beloved animal friends, particularly his loyal dog, Kallie, and his cherished cat, Molly. Their companionship brought him immeasurable comfort and joy throughout the years.

He is preceded in death by his father, John Pitkin; nephew, John; and beloved dog, Kallie.

Survived by his loving wife, Julie; mother, Lois; sister, Darla Weber; brothers, Kevin (Kris) Pitkin and Darold Pitkin; nephews, Jeff, Carl, and Matthew; and many other relatives and close friends.

Celebration of Life will be held Friday, April 19, 2024 at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, MN (119 Central Avenue) with visitation starting at 5:00 PM with a brief service to follow at 7:00 PM.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo. Online condolences for the family may be directed to

5 Guestbook Entries

  1. Mary Ericson

    What a great tribute to Craig. Thinking of his family during this difficult time. Hold tight to your memories of him. Wishing you all peace. Sending you all love.

  2. Bob Rosati

    Sorry for your loss. We are still in Texas and won’t be able to attend.
    Bob and Karen

  3. Jeanette Beard

    God be with you, Julie and your family as you say “good-by” to Craig. The love and happiness that you shared is an example to us all. Though I won’t be able to be present April 19, please know that I am thinking of you and praying that the days ahead are filled with good memories. Lots of love, Cousin Jeanette

  4. Ephraim Alojado

    My deepest sympathy to Craig’s family. He was a good friend. Many fond memories of our golf outings especially Vegas. Rest in Peace my friend.

  5. Cousin Mary (Jo)


    Don and I are truly sorry to hear about Craig’s passing. May you always embrace the comfort of memories and the eternal love that you both shared. Our thoughts are with you. Carry on in love.


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