Charles Kraft, 60, Cresco

--kraftCharles “Charlie” Kraft, 60, of Cresco, Iowa died Sunday, March 9, 2014 at Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville, Iowa with his wife and children by his side.

Charles Walter Kraft was born Feb. 5, 1954 the son of Leo and Zoan (Richardson) Kraft in Lake City, Iowa. Charlie was confirmed in the Saratoga Presbyterian Church, graduated from Crestwood High School and attended Calmar College, receiving his degree in Welding Machinery. He worked for Svestka’s Welding/Fenco Welding for 32 years.

Charlie joined the Catholic faith in 1977. He married Roxanne Truka on June 18, 1977, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Lourdes, Iowa. They were blessed with four children: Melissa (Dean) Macal of Rosemont, Minn., Charles (Amy) Kraft of Burnsville, Amanda Kraft of Memphis, Tenn. and Daniel (Kimberly) Kraft, of West Union, Iowa. They were blessed again with seven grandchildren: Ethan, Macey, Reid, Cami, Cooper, Joslyn and Adalynn.

Charlie went to all of the grandchildren’s activities and birthday parties and was always there to cheer them on. When asked about his kids and grandchildren, Charlie would smile from ear to ear and tell you how proud he was of all of them.

Charlie loved his Packers and Yankees and could always be seen with his favorite Packers hat and coat on. He loved watching the Packers play and cheering them on. He also loved to go fishing with his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. It didn’t seem to matter what Charlie used, he always got a fish. Charlie played slow pitch softball and then coached many little league teams with the help of his big brother, Steve.

He is survived by his mother, Zoan; wife, Roxanne; children and grandchildren; siblings, Suann Kraft-Heal, Kevin (Debbie) Kraft and Becky (Tom) Murphy; and sister-in-law, Kris Kraft. Charlie was blessed with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Stephen Kraft; father, Leo Kraft; grandparents, Genevieve and Walter Kraft and Charles and Irene Richardson; and brother-in-law, Michael Heal.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, March 14, 2014 at Notre Dame Parish in Cresco. Interment will be held in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery.


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