Marion County sheriff dies from COVID-19 complications

Marion County Sheriff Robert Craft died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022, the county confirmed.
Marion County Sheriff Robert Craft died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022, the county confirmed.(KWCH)
Published: Feb. 16, 2022 at 9:30 PM CST
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Update: Marion County confirmed Sherif Robert Craft died Wednesday evening from COVID-19 complications. Craft has led the Marion County Sheriff’s Office since 2008. He previously served in the United States Marine Corps and worked for the Kansas Highway Patrol prior to becoming Marion County’s sheriff.

In a short message shared on its Facebook page, Marion County Emergency Communications confirmed the county’s sheriff, Robert Craft died Wednesday evening, Feb. 16.

The shared message, from Marion County Undersheriff Larry Starkey, said funeral arrangements are pending and that Craft’s family and the sheriff’s office “greatly appreciate all the prayers on positive thoughts.”

In the post on the Marion County Emergency Communications Facebook page, the department said, “Our hearts are breaking. But we will hold strong for you. Rest easy, sir, we have the watch from here.”

Wednesday night, the KHP assisted the Marion County community in honoring craft, working with the sheriff’s office in escorting his body back to Marion from Topeka. Community members gathered along Main Street in Marion to pay their respects.

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