Family commemorates lives of murdered Iron River couple

By KBJR News 1

December 13, 2013 Updated Dec 13, 2013 at 10:35 PM CDT

Iron River, WI (NNCNOW.COM) - 44 year old James Edbert Crain Jr. son of Iron River couple Jim and Eunice "Cricket" Crain has been charged with two counts of First Degree Intentional Homicide, two counts of Battery of a Peace Officer and one count of Failure to Comply with Officer's Attempt to Take Person into Custody in association with his parents murder.

Friends and family of Jim and Cricket Crain are gathering to share their memories of the couple,

That they remember as fun loving, generous, and deeply in love.

On Saturday, December 7th, 79 year old Jim and 76 year old Eunice "Cricket" Crain were brutally murdered in their home.
So far, their son is the only suspect in the case.

But instead of focusing on the saddening details surrounding the couples' deaths, friends and family have traveled from across the Midwest to commemorate their lives.

"Kind. Kind people. They were willing to help anybody" says Jim Crain III, grandson of Jim Crain Sr and Cricket Crain.

Crain last saw his grandfather 4 months ago and told him he had just had a baby.

Jim Crain Sr. would not get the opportunity to meet his great granddaughter.

"It was always hard, she had a lot of issues when she was younger and it was hard traveling with her," says Crain.

But he and other loved ones plan to keep the memory of both grandparents alive by sharing stories of their caring nature.

"They were straight forward, they showed a lot of love but if you were screwing up they let you know," says Randy Howe, long time friend of the family.

Randy Howe met the Crain's when he was a teenager.
He says they helped through a troubled time in his life.

"I had been gone for a considerable amount of time and managed to come back and first thing they do is say come on over and have some supper with us. Cricket was a great cook she made us a nice beef roast, so that was probably one of the best roasts I've ever had...no offense mom."

Howe's mother Michele Dawson has her own memories of the Crain's.

"If they saw you somewhere and you looked a little down, you wouldn't be down by the time they left."

But above all the family and friends remember how deeply Jim and Cricket were in love.

"The forty or fifty years they were still together they still walked out hand in hand. Or arm in arm that's the best thing you can remember is love didn't die with them. They stayed in love all the way through," says former daughter in law Sheila Schuld.

The family will be holding a community celebration of life for Jim and Cricket at the VFW post in Iron River this Sunday. Attendees are encouraged to bring photos and stories.

The funeral will take place in the Spring.

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