SAWYER COUNTY — Former Sawyer County Chief Deputy, Craig Faulstich, has passed away at the age of 66. Faulstich spent 36 years in law enforcement and passed away on October 26, 2022, from cancer.
Craig Lynn Faulstich, age 66, of Hayward, lost his courageous battle with cancer and passed away peacefully at home Wednesday, October 26, 2022, with his faithful wife of 32 years, Pat, by his side.
Craig was born July 11, 1956, in Columbus, OH, the son of Charles and Frances (Paulson) Faulstich.
As a young adult, Craig, along with his parents, moved to the Hayward area, where he helped them run their newly purchased resort, Black Bear Lodge.
In 1984, Craig began his 36-year career in law enforcement, which began and ended in the Hayward area. During this time, he worked as a patrol officer and Assistant Chief for the City of Hayward, patrol officer for Washburn County, eventually retiring as a Chief Deputy for Sawyer County. Throughout these years, he served as a DARE officer.
Craig really enjoyed doing this and touched many young lives. He will be remembered for his gift of discernment, witty sense of humor, loyal friendship. Passion for fishing, compassion for animals, service to his community and above all else, his honesty and integrity.
He is survived by his beloved wife Pat; daughter Amy (Mike) Stipe; granddaughters Camryn & Avery; sister Sheila Sano; sister-in-law Sharon Faulstich; many nieces & nephews, great friends and his loyal dog Mila & cat Carmen.
Craig was preceded in death by his parents; brother Steve Faulstich; brother-in-law Ron Sano; and some great canine companions.
A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, November 4th at Pineview Funeral Services in Hayward with a gathering being held from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The family would like to thank Moments Hospice (Robin, Talia, Hayley & Ashley) not only for the amazing care they provided, but also for the emotional support the family so needed. They really go above and beyond, and it was so appreciated. They’d also like to thank the many friends and family who have supported them throughout this challenging journey. Your kindness will never be forgotten.
In honor of Craig and his love of the Packers, Brewers, Wisconsin Badgers and NASCAR, the family asks that you wear your favorite sports/NASCAR apparel. Service uniforms are also encouraged.