Born January 27, 1943, in Nauvoo, Illinois, the son of Guy Waltie and Verona (Dusenberry) Kraft. On March 5, 1966, he married Peggy Reidner at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Nauvoo, Illinois.
John Edward Kraft, 75, of Nauvoo, Illinois, passed away at 2:25 p.m. Sunday, January 13, 2019, at Great River Medical Center in West Burlington, Iowa.
Survivors include his wife: Peggy of Nauvoo; four daughters: Suzanne Smith of Fort Madison, Iowa, Renee (Tim) Watznauer of West Point, Iowa, Kathy (Robert) Hornung of Montrose, Iowa and Jennifer Kraft of Nauvoo, Illinois; nine grandchildren: Steven Smith, Erica (Travis) Eastin, Danielle (Bryor) McMillen, Brittany, Brandon, Mykayla, Ashton (Kailie) Hornung, Kaitlyn Hornung, and Addison Markey; two great-grandsons: Mason & Griffin Eastin; one great-granddaughter on the way; three sisters: Betty (Larry) Hopp of Nauvoo, Illinois, Marietta (Bob) Gavillet of Carthage, Illinois, and Johanna (Ron) Nussbaum of Chatsworth, Illinois; three brothers: Guy C.P. (Janice) Kraft of Texas, David (Joan) Kraft of Nauvoo, Illinois, Robert (Barb) Kraft of Niota, Illinois. Also surviving are several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son: John E. Kraft Jr.; one son-in-law: Tony Smith.
John served in the United States Navy as a machinist from 1960 to 1964. He was a mate on the USS Dahlgren that took missiles out of Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He worked in construction for thirty-four years. John was a member of the Nauvoo American Legion Post #711. He enjoyed butchering meat, fishing, hunting, gardening, going to farmer’s markets, being outdoors, and woodworking.
Friends may call after 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at Schmitz – Banks & Beals Funeral Home in Nauvoo, Illinois, where the family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. that evening.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 17, 2019, at Schmitz – Banks & Beals Funeral Home in Nauvoo with Pastor Mark Lowman as Celebrant.
Burial will be at the Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery in Nauvoo, Illinois, with Full Military Rites presented by the Nauvoo American Legion.
A memorial has been established in his memory.