Ralph E. Kraft, 82, passed away of natural causes on July 6, 2010, at his home in Kalispell.
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He was born May 24, 1929, in Bozeman and raised in Bozeman. He graduated from Gallatin County High School.
Ralph served in and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army.
He married Margaret Zindler on April 2, 1954, in Livingston.
Ralph was a rancher and had a septic tank and portable toilet service. He was retired.
He was a member of the Eagles and the American Legion.
Ralph enjoyed fishing, camping, boating and hunting, and especially enjoyed his grandchildren and family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Kenneth Kraft, Ray Kraft, and Baby Kraft; son, Richard Kraft; and granddaughter, Donna Kraft.
Ralph is survived by his wife of 56 years, Margaret Kraft of Kalispell; children, Helen Kraft of Kalispell, Robert Kraft of Kalispell, and Don (Janet) Kraft of Bozeman; grandchildren, Tammy, Kari, Krystal, Rhett, Walter and James; 10 great-grandchildren; brothers, Earl Kraft and Glen Kraft, both of Bozeman; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Cremation has taken place. A family gathering will be held in Bozeman at a later date.
Memorials are suggested to St. Jude Children's Hospital.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on July 14, 2010