Craig R. Hild, 40, a custom car enthusiast and a former printer in the Washington area, died of cancer Aug. 14 at the Bay Front Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Mr. Hild was born in Washington and grew up in Silver spring. He graduated from Montgomery Blair High School and then enlisted in the Coast Guard Reserve.

An off-set printer, he began his printing career with the Judd & Detweiler Co. here and later worked for the Cornelius company.

Mr. Hild moved to St. Petersburg in 1972 and worked for a printing firm there. At the time of his death, he was a transportation maintenance worker with the Pinellas County public school system.

Mr. Hild's hobby was custom-building automobiles. He entered shows in the Washinton area and in surrounding states and more recently in Florida. He was a member of the Corvette Club of America and the International Show Car Association. Survivors' include his wife, the former Marilyn Curliss of St. Petersburg; his parents, Charles and Helen Hild of Silver Spring, and two brothers, James C., of Baltimore, and Robert C., of San Diego, Calif.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Craig Hild Memorial Fund, St. Luke Lutheran Church, Colesville Road, Silver Spring.