Christopher C. Kraft
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Christopher Columbus Kraft, Jr. died at his home in Houston, Texas on Monday, July 22, 2019. Chris was born in Phoebus, Virginia on February 28, 1924 to Christopher Columbus Kraft, Sr. and Vanda Suddreth Kraft.

Chris graduated from Hampton High School in 1941, and Virginia Tech in 1944 with a degree in aeronautical engineering. He rose to become one of the world's most highly recognized and decorated aerospace executives.

Chris is survived by wife Betty Anne, son Gordon Turnbull Kraft, and daughter Kristi-Anne DuPont.

Chris attended Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Phoebus, Virginia, where he and Betty Anne were married in 1950.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, 651 Danville Dr., Suite 101, Orlando, FL 32825.

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Published in Daily Press on Jul. 28, 2019.
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August 29, 2019
Rest in Peace-
Chris Kraft was the greatest Pioneer of America's Space Program and A True American Hero!
Jacob Hall
August 5, 2019
My boyfriend, Michael Riley was just telling me several Dr Kraft stories and how honored he felt to play golf with such a special man. Michael lived next door to Dr Krafts good buddy, Bailey Chaney. We are in CA now, but Dr Kraft is for sure among the best memories of the years that Michael worked at The Johnson Space Center in Houston.
Linda Harrison
August 3, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss. Your daughter, Kristi, has been a close friend for 25+ years. She gave me a signed copy of Flight which I read & treasure to this day. I pray God's peace will fill your hearts at this difficult time.
Betti Cooper
July 28, 2019
I attended Chrs Kraft Elementary School so the name was always in the back of my mind. It was not until decades later that I have become aware and appreciative of Mr. Kraft's dedication and love to America's space program. It is only as an adult I understand the vastness of it all and how men were willing to risk their lives for their missions. Thank you Mr. Kraft and to your family as well.
July 28, 2019
What memories this Phoebus and Hampton native inspires. Not enough words or feelings from everyone impacted in his career and life.
Gary Farnsworth
July 26, 2019
I never had the honor of meeting Mr. Kraft, but seeing his obituary brought back so many memories of our space age. His name was out there on a frequent basis. I hope he continued to have a great life, and I appreciate his efforts on our behalf.
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