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It is with great sadness that I must report to you the news that Craig Stoxen, President and CEO of South Carolina Autism Society, passed away Wednesday. Craig had been with the South Carolina Autism Society for over 15 years and had made many strides to bring supports and services to families across South Carolina affected by autism spectrum disorders. Craig will be deeply missed!
Thank you Craig for your dedication and hard work not only at South Carolina Autism Society, but for all the people with disabilities you advocated for over the years.
The Board of Directors and Staff of the South Carolina Autism Society are working together to ensure a smooth transition. We do not anticipate the interruption of any services to our families.
Please keep Craig's family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Vice President and CPO
South Carolina Autism Society
Services for Craig Stoxen will be held as follows:
Date: Monday, February 11, 2013
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Place: Ebenezer Lutheran Church
1301 Richland Street
Columbia SC 29201
Google Map Link: http://bit.ly/UGpNxT
No visitation is scheduled.
Many people have asked how to send condolences to the family. Until other arrangements are made, you can send cards to The Stoxen Family to the SCAS Columbia office and we will ensure they get to his family.
The Stoxen Family
c/o South Carolina Autism Society
806 12th Street
West Columbia, SC 29169
We do not have any information at this time on the family’s memorial designations. When we receive that information, we will forward it on.
Thank you for your continued prayers.
Obituary from Shives Funeral Home (http://www.shivesfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Craig-Stoxen/#/Obituary)
Craig Charles Stoxen, 48, of Rock Hill, and formerly of Columbia, died Tuesday, February, 5, 2013. Born in Burlington, Wisconsin, he was a son of Harry A. “Bud” Stoxen and the late Ferne A. Mesmer Stoxen. Craig graduated from Winona State University, Class of 1988. Following graduation he joined the Lutheran Volunteer Corps. While serving the Food Bank of Delaware, Craig met his future wife, Christine. They married on July 7, 1990. While in Delaware, he also worked for Lutheran Social Services in DE. Craig and Christine moved to Columbia in 1996, where he worked for Planned Parenthood for a short time before Craig joined the SC Autism Society as their President and CEO. During his stay in Columbia, Craig received his Master of Arts in Religion from the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. Craig enjoyed photography, traveling, woodworking and cooking. He served on the board of directors of The Babcock Center and was a member of Grace Lutheran Church of Rock Hill, where Christine serves as pastor.
Survivors include his wife, Christine V. DeWerth Stoxen; sons, Zachary Charles Stoxen and Nicholas Christian Stoxen, all of Rock Hill; father, Harry A. “Bud” Stoxen of Silver Lake, WI; siblings, Cheryl (Danny) Gould, Austin Stoxen, and Mike Stoxen all of Silver Lake, WI, Nancy (Wayne Dowell) Millhouse of Salem, WI, and Craig’s twin, Gregg Stoxen of Fox Lake, IL; sisters-in-law, Amy DeWerth-Pallmeyer of Wallingford, PA and Julie DeWerth of Havertown, PA; nieces and nephews, Trisha Larson, Steve (Kimberley) Stoxen, Jamie (Butch) DeBraccio, Jason Stoxen, and Kimberly Millhouse.
The memorial service for Mr. Stoxen will be held 1 o’clock, Monday, February 11th, at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1301 Richland St, Columbia. The Rev. Dr. Herman R. Yoos, III, Bishop, The Rev. Melvin E. Amundson and The Rev. Virginia S. Aebischer will be officiating. The family will greet friends following the service. Memorials may be made to the SC Autism Society, 806 12th St, West Columbia, SC 29169, Grace Lutheran Church, 426 Oakland Ave, Rock Hill, SC 29730, The Stoxen Children’s College Fund, c/o SC Synod, ELCA, PO Box 43, Columbia, SC 29202.