April 12, 1930 – October 12, 2020
Walter Kraft passed away peacefully at home Monday, October 12, 2020 with his family at his side. He was born April 12, 1930 at the family home in Pierce County, ND to Wilhem and Magdalena (Fettig) Kraft the fifth of thirteen children. He grew up in rural Wellsburg and Selz, North Dakota. He and Eunice (Richter) married May 21, 1951 in Selz. Shortly after they were married he was drafted to the Army and was Honorably Discharged. He later chose construction as a career choice taking the family to numerous towns before settling in Grand Junction, Colorado. Together they raised ten kids Connie, Linda, Don, Chuck, Mike, John, Barbara, Peggy, Karen and Kathy in a strict yet loving home with their Catholic faith, hunting, fishing, camping, cards, marbles and baseball being the core. In his younger years he was an avid baseball player and the small Selz, North Dakota town team “rocked” the North Dakota billboards. He is preceded in death by his wife Eunice of 68 years, parents Magdalena and Wilhem Kraft, four brothers, four sisters, son-in-law Kenneth Plum and granddaughter Mickie Sue Kraft. Surviving are children Connie (Erich) Frei, Linda (Ed) Littleton, Don Kraft, Chuck (Jane) Kraft, Michael (Pam) Kraft, John Kraft, Barbara (Jim) Hecht, Peggy (David) Cutter, Karen (Bob) Shifflett, Kathy (Mike) Clark, 24 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren and 10 great great grandchildren. Brother Leonard (Regina) Kraft, Sisters Rose Krenzel, Magda (Archie) Huber, Bernice (Al) Kelly, Sister-in-laws Lillian Kraft, Diane Kraft and Christine Carlson. Along with numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Vigil will be at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary on Monday, October 19, 2020. Viewing will be from 5:00- 7:00PM with Rosary at 7:00 P.M. The Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 11:00 AM. The Internment will be at Orchard Mesa Cemetery with Military Honors. In Lieu of flower memorial contributions, may be made in his name to HopeWest Hospice 3090B N. 12th St. Grand Junction, Co. 81506. Service to be private and immediate family only. Funeral will be live streamed on Facebook, and www.gjstjoseph.org.
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October 17, 2020
You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Know you are loved and hold close all those precious memories. You are all very special.
October 16, 2020
Mike and the entire Kraft Family,
Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Pat, Kristen, Zeke, Rick, Beth, Cole and Carder