Peter J. Kraft

Peter J. Kraft, 88, rural Norwich, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in his home, surrounded by his family.

Peter Joseph Kraft was born Aug. 18, 1925, the son of Peter A. Kraft Sr. and Magdelena (Dexheimer) Kraft, in Barton. He was raised on the family farm near Barton and educated at North Prairie Country School, rural Velva. As a young adult, he assisted his parents with the operation of their dairy and grain farm.

Peter married Gladys K. Pitner on Nov. 11, 1950, at St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Minot. They made their home on a farm located in Surrey Township, Ward County, southwest of Norwich. From this union, five sons and three daughters were born. Together they farmed small grains and raised dairy cows. Peter continued to farm up until the spring of 2013.

He was a member of St. Leo’s Catholic Church and its Holy Name Society. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Surrey Township Board.

He enjoyed fishing, watching boxing, WWE Wrestling and NASCAR, and was a jokester. His passion was Chevys and John Deere. He enjoyed going for a “spin” to survey the current year’s crops. He always had to have a toothpick available. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

“Dad, Grandpa, Great-Grandpa, we will always be scratching your back.”

His loving family includes: wife of 62 years, Gladys, rural Norwich; children, James Kraft, Minot, Ronald (LeAnn) Kraft, Norwich, Dennis (Michelle) Kraft, Minot, Daniel (Angie) Kraft, Norwich, Mark Kraft, of Columbus, Debra (Marcel) Kraft-van Wingerden, Simpsonville, S.C., Sandra (Robbie) Rice, Ruthville, and Janet Kraft, Las Vegas, Nev.; 20 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; brother, Joe Kraft, Minot; sisters, Mary Bloms, Minot, Emily Dufner, Fargo, and Lenora Klein, Norwich; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Peter was preceded in death by his parents; brother, John Kraft; and sister, Ann Carleno.

Mass of Christian Burial: Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 11 a.m. at St. Leo’s Catholic Church, Minot.

Interment: Sunset Memorial Gardens, Minot.

Visitation: Monday from 3 to 7 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.

Vigil Prayer Service: Monday at 7 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Bishop Ryan Catholic School, or Trinity Hospice.

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