It is with great sorrow to announce that Craig R. Pendleton, Warren County Engineer from 1974 until 1997, has passed away. He did so peacefully with his family at his side on Wednesday, December 1st in Middletown. He was 84 years old.
He was a prolific bridge builder having overseen replacement of over 220 bridges, nearly half of county bridges, in his career. This included 7 of 9 county road bridges over the Little Miami Scenic River. Known as Rick, he set the footprint for improvements on Fields-Ertel Road, Mason-Montgomery Road, and Columbia Road among his major accomplishments.
Before being appointed and later elected County Engineer, he served as District Test Engineer for ODOT District 8 during construction of many of the region’s interstate highways, such as I-71, I-74, and I-275.
He was the mentor to five engineers who became County Engineers in five different Ohio counties, a fact of which he took great pride.
He was born August 6, 1937 in Middletown. He was preceded in death by his lovely wife, Nancy, earlier this year. He is survived by his sons, Jeff (Melinda) and Scott, five grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements are planned at Anderson Funeral Home in Franklin for Wednesday, December 8th. Please visit their website for more details at https://www.dignitymemorial.com/funeral-homes/anderson. Flags at the County Engineer’s Office and County Highway Department are being lowered to half-staff for one week in his honor.
Neil F. Tunison, P.E., P.S.
Warren County Engineer
210 West Main Street
Lebanon, Ohio 45036
Phone: (513) 695-3301
Fax: (513) 695-7714
My mission as County Engineer is to design, build and maintain the finest and safest possible county road system for the citizens and traveling public
of Warren County.