John H. Kraft


John Harold Kraft, a loving husband and father, passed away on April 20th at the age of 78. He was born to Harold and Lucille Kraft on Dec. 13, 1941 in Worthington, Minnesota. After graduating from Brewster High School as class president, he attended the University of Minnesota, where he studied accounting before graduating from law school. In 1966, John moved to Olivia, MN to begin his law career at a firm that eventually became Willette, Kraft, Walser, Nelson & Hettig. He was elected Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel for his work in the field and served as the MN Bar Association 12th District president. John proudly devoted 39 years to the practice, and today the firm is known as Kraft Walser Law Office. On April 20th, 1967, he married Susan Margrethe Simonet of Little Falls. His passing marked their 53rd wedding anniversary. Yearly fly-in fishing trips to Canada with his brothers and close friends were his ultimate passion. In addition to fishing and hunting, he was a devoted Gopher basketball fan where his long-standing seat was a frequent pre-game stop for friends and family. John loved his work and community, and also enjoyed a good card game. He is survived by his wife, Susan; children Paul (Yuka) Kraft, Laura (Mark) Ballou, and Lisa (Jeff) Malay; 6 grandchildren: Paige, Olivia, Ken, Brady, Andrew, Logan, and Michael. He is also survived by his mother, Lucille Kraft, sister, Jean (Robert) Nyhammer, and brothers, Joel (Cathy) Kraft, and Jim (Jean) Kraft. He was preceded in death by his father, Harold Kraft. A funeral and celebration of his life will be announced and held at a later date.

           Bertas Funeral Home, Chaska


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