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Roland M. Kraft, 90

Roland Max Kraft, age 90, of Blackduck, MN, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, at the Good Samaritan Society, Blackduck.

Roland was born on his family’s farm Nov. 17, 1925, in Victor Township, near Howard Lake, to Herman and Agnes (Schumann) Kraft. He attended parochial school in Howard Lake until the eighth grade.

Roland began farming the family farm, dairy and some beef cattle, at the age of 15.

He married Marjorie Severson in 1947, in Cokato.

He farmed there until 1968, when he rented the farm and did mechanic work in Cokato. After selling the farm in 1971, Roland moved to Rabideau Lake, south of Blackduck.

Marjorie died in 1977.

Roland married Marion Cogger Feb. 14, 2004, in Blackduck.

He was employed at Anderson Fabrics from the time it began (1975-76) until 2006.

Roland enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Blackduck.

Roland is survived by his wife, Marion, of Blackduck; two children, Joshua Kraft of Missouri, and Linda (Gary) Diers of Waverly; son-in-law, John Murray, Sr. of Foley; three step-children, Ray Cogger, Penny (Paul) Yerbich, all of Bemidji, and Tim (Sabrina) Cogger of Fargo, ND; and 14 grandchildren, Scott Diers, Tracy Janikula, Laura Johnson, Colette Thorson, Nathan Diers, JoAnn Davidson, Wendy Wamsley, John Murray, Jr., John and Devin Kraft, Kara Yerbich, Samantha Yerbich, Isabel Cogger and Kaya Cogger.

He is further survived by 20 great-grandchildren, Mitchell Diers, Alan Janikula, Keith Janikula, Kyle Janikula, Caisha Johnson, Zach Johnson, Wyatt Johnson, Briella Johnson, Mikayla Thorson, Malorie Thorson, Victoria Thorson, Lannie Diers, Sophie Diers, Hailey Diers, Adler Davidson, Erik Davidson, Alex Friel, Samantha Friel, Autumn Wamsley, and Arava Yerbich; a brother, Melvin Kraft of Rochester; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his first wife, Marjorie, Roland was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Agnes Kraft; a special friend, Betty Boyle; a daughter, Sharlet Murray, a sister, Arlene Drusch; sister-in-law, Joann Kraft; and great-grandson, Maxon Davidson.

Funeral services took place Saturday, Feb. 27 at 11 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Blackduck, with Pastor Michael Flechsig officiating. Burial was at Lakeview Cemetery in Blackduck.

There was visitation Friday, Feb. 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Cease Funeral Home in Blackduck, with a 7 p.m. prayer service; and Saturday, one hour prior to the funeral at the church.

Messages of condolence may be sent to ceasefuneralhome.com.

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