Anton M. Kraft, 84

Anton “Tony” Kraft, age 84, of Waubun, MN, formerly of Delano, died unexpectedly, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020.

Anton Michael Kraft was born May 19, 1936, to Jacob and Anna (Mossett) Kraft at Selfridge, ND. He attended school in Selfridge and Crookston, MN.

Upon graduating from the Northwest School of Agriculture in Crookston, he entered the US Army. Following an honorable discharge, Tony worked for several years for Bergman Silo Company in Maple Plain, MN.

Tony was united in marriage to Jean Smith in Minneapolis, MN, Oct. 23, 1965. They made their home in Minneapolis, where Tony attended Dunwoody Institute during the day, and maintained a full-time job at night.

Tony’s employment took them to Chicago, IL, for a short time, before spending 28 years in Delano. He worked for Herc-U-Lift in Maple Plain, for 30 years, before retiring in 1998.

Tony and Jean made their retirement home on Big Elbow Lake, rural Waubun, during the summer months. When fall came, they would load up their motor home, and hit the road to a warmer climate.

Tony enjoyed traveling, but was always glad to get home to his wildlife and workshop. He also enjoyed reading, playing cards, listening to country music, and in his younger days, dancing.

He was a member of St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church, Big Elbow Lake. Tony was a kind and caring man, who was always willing to lend a helping hand, and will be missed by all who knew him.

Tony is survived by his wife of nearly 55 years, Jean of Waubun; two daughters, Tracy Kraft, and Dawn (Tom) Wetter, both of Delano; two grandchildren, Jeff Wetter of Kansas City, MO, and Anna Wetter of Fort Collins, CO; five brothers; Frank “Francis” of Mobridge, SD, Willie of Fernley, NV, Victor (Kathy) of Selfridge, Jake (Vernetta) of Belle Fouche, SD, and Alvin (Betty) of New Salem, ND; two sisters, Ann Nielsen of Beltrami, MN, and Arlene Walch of Hettinger, ND; and many nieces; and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister and brother-in-law, Edith (John) Flohr; and brother-in-law, LeRoy Nielsen.

Blessed be the memory of Anton Michael Kraft.

A memorial mass took place at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Waubun. A time of gathering took place one hour prior to the service at the church.

Arrangements were entrusted to Anderson Family Funeral Home in Mahnomen, www.andersonfamilyfh.com.

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