Raymond Leroy Kraft
Apr. 7, 1933 - Aug. 22, 2016
Raymond Leroy Kraft of Robinson, passed away Monday August 22, 2016 peacefully at his home. At his request, he was cremated. A visitation will be Thursday, August 25, from 12:30 to 2 PM, at Pecan Grove Funeral Home, 3124 Robinson Dr., with a private family service to immediately follow.
Raymond was born April 7, 1933 in Oxnard, California to Fred and Ruth Eloise Kraft. As a youngster, his family moved to Kansas where he graduated from Jennings High School in 1951. He graduated from Fort Hays College in Hays, Kansas in 1965. He taught school for 2 years in Turon and one year in Medicine Lodge, Kansas.
After high school he was in the Reserves for a while, then enlisted in the Air Force. He served from 1954-56 and was released due to family illness. He was stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base and met his wife of 60 years, Barbara, in March, married her May 26, 1956, and moved to Jennings, Kansas.
Living 13 years in Kansas, four children were born, son, Glenn and daughters, Mona, Karen Kay, and Joan. In 1968, the family moved to Robinson, Texas for a job with Farmland Industries. Raymond was a hard worker, a good provider for his family, and worked many jobs. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, going to casinos, cooking, jig-saw puzzles, and woodworking.
Raymond was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Ruth Chance; and brother, Herbert Petracek.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara; son, Glenn Kraft; daughters, Ramona Holland and husband, Paul, Karen Kay Balli and husband, Mario, and Joan Mader and husband, Tom; grandsons, Robert Brown, Andrew Ragland, Glenn Kraft, Jr., and Jonathan Kraft; granddaughters, Megan and Tammy Mader, Kelsey Balli and Lindsay Kraft; great-grandchildren, Makayla, Taylar, Drew Ragland, and Reece, Tex and Dakota Kraft; sisters, Dorothy Webster, and Rose Marie Arnhold and husband, Jerry; numerous nieces and nephews; and other relatives including Kathy and Ken Huff and Tony and Wayne Johnson.
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes expressions of sympathy be made in the form of donations to your favorite charity.
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