Kraig Horley Baier died from complications of heart and renal failure in Medellin, Colombia on November 26, 2013. At his side were his devoted wife of 45 years, Maria Victoria, and only daughter Vanessa. He is survived by his two grandchildren, Stefano and Marco who live in Vienna, VA.
Kraig was born in Harrisburg, PA in 1940 and grew up in Millersburg, with his parents Blanche and Karl, and older sister Karleen. As a teenager, he worked summer jobs building brick homes and later graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Architecture and Engineering.
He lived a full and interesting life, and even after retirement, he and his wife continued to visit as many corners of the globe as possible. He traveled the world and did his part to make it a better place too. He started with the Peace Corps as a volunteer in one of the first groups in Peru in the 1960’s. He followed that with a 30-year career in USAID developing housing projects in Latin America. After that, he helped rebuild houses with a good friend following Hurricane Katrina. He helped countless of friends, family members, and colleagues with all kinds of house projects like building decks, drafting floor plans, or even lent a hand with handyman home improvement projects. Architecture and carpentry were his passion.
Services were held with close family members in Medellin. A gathering honoring and remembering Kraig will be held in May 2014 (his birth month) at Meadowlark Botanical Garden in Vienna, VA. In lieu of flowers, and because of his devotion to housing projects, memorial contributions may be made to Habitat for Humanity.