2017-09-14 / Obituaries

Robert Kraft


Robert Kraft Robert Kraft Robert George Kraft, 72, of Hessel and West Milton, Ohio, passed away Friday, September 8, 2017, at his home on Lake Huron.

He was born January 25, 1945, to Robert Charles and Helen Lillian Kraft in Dayton, Ohio.

Mr. Kraft grew up on Haines Road in Beaver Creek, Ohio. He was graduated from Beaver Creek High School in 1963. As a graduate of University of Dayton, he held Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees and was halfway through earning his PhD in education. He was employed as a Dayton City schoolteacher for 35 years at Roth High School, Dunbar High School, Wilbur-Wright High School, and Stivers High School, teaching about history and the Constitution.

In West Milton, he was involved with the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts as a leader for 30 years. He was a member of the Shriners and Lions clubs and was awarded the Harold Green Citizenship award.

Mr. Kraft was an avid car collector and a member of the MG Car Club in Dayton. He liked to trade, buy, and sell antiques, and at one time owned his own shop called Kricket Korner at his residence. Later, he opened Kraft’s Christmas Tree Farm as a father son seasonal business, which is in its 20th year of operation.

In 1993, Mr. Kraft and his family bought a cottage on St. Martin’s Point in Hessel, where they’ve enjoyed the summer season for many years. He was on the Association Board and known to many people in the area. As a young man, he had wanted to be a forest ranger. He became involved in keeping the trails adjacent to the point open and was proud that he was able to establish a volunteer program to maintain those trails.

He loved life and lived every day to its fullest, family members said, and he had an amazing sense of humor that will be missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Marilyn Ann (nee Ironside) Kraft; a daughter, Elizabeth Ann Kraft; a son and his family, Robert C. and Lindsay Kraft, and two grandsons, Jacob Kraft and Evan Kraft. He is also survived by one brother, Michael C. Kraft; two brothers-inlaw and their families, John and Susan Ironside and Robert and Pat Ironside, and five nieces and nephews and their families.

Mr. Kraft was preceded in death by his parents and a sister-in-law, Martha Ironside.

In accordance with his wishes, no services will be held.

R. Galer Funeral Home in Pickford assisted the family with arrangements.

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