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Killdeer man's life cut short; CR Autoglass & Accessories co-owner dies in tractor accident

Craig Skaar, 39, Killdeer, was an outdoorsman, businessman and his family was his life, a friend said. Skaar, shown in this undated photo, passed away in a tractor accident Wednesday morning.

Friends and family will remember a 39-year-old Dunn County man who died early Wednesday morning in a tractor accident as an outdoorsman who loved his family and as someone who would do anything for anybody.

Craig Skaar, Killdeer, who would have turned 40 in October, along with his wife Tanya, recently bought a house near Stanley where his family is from, said his mother, Judy Skaar. He had a chance to spend one night in his new home and was in Killdeer packing for the move when the unthinkable happened.

Craig was parking a 30-horsepower yard-type tractor in a Quonset at his residence when the accident occurred, Dunn County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Ron Krivoruchka said.

"Basically, he was dismounting from a tractor and got caught by a wheel and got driven over," Krivoruchka said, adding it was about 12:30 a.m. at Craig's home near the intersection of highways 200 and 22. "When the tractor stopped, it was resting on him."

Craig and Randy Fournier, Dickinson, co-owned CR Autoglass & Accessories in Dickinson for nearly 12 years, Fournier said.

The two met through mutual friends and Craig took him hunting early on "and it grew."

"Neither of us were real happy where we were at and the thing was to pursue the American dream," Fournier said.

"He loved Dickinson, he loved his business," Judy said.

However, along with moving back to Stanley, Craig planned to start a new auto glass replacement business with his son, Cody, 18, and brother, Wade Skaar.

Known for keeping a smile, Craig loved his dogs, Goose and Ted, enjoyed racing four-wheelers and also collecting Browning BLR rifles, Judy said.

He especially cherished annual gopher hunting trips with Wade, along with mule deer, goose and pheasant hunting.

When asked if Fournier had any outlandish hunting or fishing tales that he and Craig shared, he said with a laugh, "Nothing I can legally talk about."

Fournier said the two were jokesters like that. His mother concurs, saying Craig had a quick wit.

Craig's family was his life, Fournier said.

"It's a tough loss, man -- a really tough loss," he said.

Judy said the family has seen such an outpouring of support that it shows what an impact Craig made on the world.

"He was just a wonderful, wonderful son, and husband and brother, and we are just so devastated," she said.

Along with Cody and Tanya, Craig is survived by his children, Kelsey, 16 and Keri, 12, and father, Cliff. The children are planning a memorial for education in his honor.

"So many broken windshields -- even on God's special highway, so he looked down and said, 'I need the best windshield man up here to fix the problem, so he reached down and picked the best one -- Craig Skaar,'" wrote his aunt, JoAnn Bingeman of Watford City.

Arrangements are with Springan Funeral Home - Stanley.