Gerald Kragt (1947 - 2017)

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Gerald Kragt left this world too soon on Sept. 18, 2017, after a long and hard-fought battle with esophageal cancer.
Gerald was born and raised in Milaca, Minn., the youngest of Harold and Maggie (Vedders) Kragt's four children. After high school, he learned to become an electrician at the Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis, Minn. He worked for some years for the Keewatin Taconite mines in Nashwauk, Minn., taking off time to serve a tour in Vietnam with the U.S. Army.
In 1972, he married Bonnie Nelson, also of Milaca, and they left for a life in Alaska, where they raised their two sons, Kevin and Kyle. Alaska was the perfect place for this outdoorsman and he made the most of many opportunities to hunt birds, sheep, moose and caribou, as well as take his ample share of salmon, trout, halibut and northern pike creating many memories along the way.
His many years of working for Alcan Electric allowed him to work in many remote and interesting areas of Alaska. After retirement, he devoted much time to building a peaceful woodland retreat at the family property at Kasilof, Alaska, on the Kenai Peninsula. There, he fine-tuned his delight in planting and nurturing a wide variety of trees, shrubs and flowers.
Gerald is survived by his wife, Bonnie; sons, Kevin of Wasilla, Alaska, and Kyle and wife Jaime of Anchorage, Alaska; his beloved granddaughters, Lily and Penelope; his brother, Ron; his sister, Vonda Terpstra and her husband, Bud; and sister, Judy DeJong, all of Milaca, Minn.; brothers-in-law, Paul Nelson of Hawaii, Stephen Nelson and wife Terresa of Milaca, Minn., and Jerry Nelson of Coon Rapids, Minn.; as well as many other relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations the family requests you do what Gerald would have done: go hiking, camping, fishing, hunting or plant flowers or trees, preferably while sharing the experience with friends, family and children.
Memorial Services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sept. 30, 2017, at Central Lutheran Church, 1420 Cordova Street in Anchorage.
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Sept. 24, 2017