MICHAEL KRAFT (1935 - 2019)

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Service Information
Foundry United Methodist Chr
1500 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
Memorial service
Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019
11:00 AM
Foundry United Methodist Church
1500 16th St, NW
Washington, DC
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1935 - 2019  

Michael Kraft died November 2, 2019 in Washington, DC. After years of decline due to dementia, pneumonia took him very quickly and peacefully. Immediate survivors include Elizabeth Kraft, his wife of 49 years; his daughter, Katherine Kraft of Chicago, and younger brothers, Jacob, Timothy and John Kraft.
A longtime resident of Washington, D.C. and a native of Noblesville, Indiana, he was an officer in the U.S. Navy; a journalist; a congressional staffer in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives; a political consultant; a director of development for an international medical organization; and a renovator of business and residential properties.
His love of all things Hoosier was legendary, and he was a generous friend who was quick to offer advice, a job connection or a place to stay. For years he was a weekly driver of McKenna's Wagon, a food truck that fed Washington's homeless population. He ran his first marathon on his 50th birthday and became a passionate rower on the Potomac River. He was devoted father, proud father-in-law and joyful grandfather of two girls. He will be remembered for his customary farewell to friends and family: "Go forth and do good."
A memorial service will take place on Saturday, November 16 at 11 a.m. at Foundry United Methodist Church at 1500 16th St, NW, Washington, DC 20036. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any remeberences be made in the form of gifts to the International Rescue Committee (rescue.org) or Martha's Table (marthastable.org).

Published in The Washington Post on Nov. 7, 2019
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