Craig Edward Balcom passed away after a brief illness on Saturday February 25, 2012 at Blount Memorial Hospital, Alcoa, TN. \r\r\n\r\r\nCraig was born in Rockford, Illinois on September 10, 1948 and graduated from West High School in Rockford, IL. One of four brothers, Craig was the most adventurous by far. \r\r\n\r\r\nCraig will always be remembered for his kind heart, keen intellect charm and infectious laugh. He loved the outdoors, reading, and playing cards. Two of his closest friends Gary and Maralene Barrett will always cherish the memories of being with Craig at the creek. He is survived by his parents June A. and Terence W. Denny of Durand, Illinois. His brothers and sister, Charles Balcom of Rockford, Illinois, Bruce Denny of Kerrville, TX, and Roger Denny and Mary Simpson of Knoxville, TN, his nieces and nephews Diane Balcom, Jessica, Kendra, Blake and Meredith Denny. \r\r\n\r\r\nA memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 10:30 am at McCorkle Funeral Home Chapel at 101 Main St., Durand, IL 61024.