Leonard Kraft, 85, of Bismarck, passed away on May 23, 2017 in a Bismarck Care Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, May 26, at Church of Saint Anne at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Wayne Sattler officiating and Fr. Corey Nelson concelebrating. Burial will be held at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday at the Bismarck Funeral Home with a rosary/vigil service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.
Leonard was born on Sept. 17, 1931 in Strasburg, ND to Peter and Julia (Dietz) Kraft. Leonard was raised in Strasburg and attended grade school. The family moved to Bismarck and Leonard continued his education and graduated from St. Mary’s High School. While in high school, Leonard went to work at Red Owl Grocery Store as a carry out and stock boy. After graduation, he continued his employment with Red Owl and went on to become assistant manager and relief manager in different locations in North Dakota and Montana.
Leonard entered the ND Army in June 1956 and attended basic training at Fort Chaffee Arkansas. He was then sent to Chicago to serve as a clerk typist for the Adjutant Generals office and was honorably discharged June of 1958. After Leonard’s discharge he continued working for Red Owl Stores until 1969, shortly after he started employment with the City of Bismarck as assistant manager and concessions manager of the Civic Center from 1969-1971. In 1971 he was employed with Bismarck Super Value Warehouse in the Produce Dept. as a buyer and salesman until his retirement on Sept. 31, 1988. He dedicated 40 years in the grocery business.
Leonard married Marlene Ressler on June 24, 1961 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Mandan, ND. Together they lived and raised their 3 children in Bismarck, Allen, Lynn and Dennis. Leonard was a member of the Moose, Legion, Amvets and St. Mary’s Booster Club.
Leonard played the clarinet in the Al Holzer Band, they played in local clubs, bars and many wedding dances. Leonard enjoyed music, playing cards, BINGO, sports and spending time with his family especially his grandchildren. He was so proud of them! He loved basketball and football and was a dedicated St. Mary’s High Schoolfan.
He leaves behind his wife Marlene, of Bismarck, one daughter, Lynn (Pius) Fischer, two sons, Allen (Sherry) Kraft and Dennis (Natalie) Kraft, and eight grandchildren, Brittany (Fischer) and Jordan Reinbold, Carly (Kraft) and Matt Stoehr, Christa Fischer and fiance’ Nicholas Rutschke, Cami (Kraft) and Zack Retzlaff, Jordyn (Fischer) and Robert Richter, Cassidy Kraft, Dane Fischer and Olivia Kraft.
He was preceded in death by his parents Peter and Julia Kraft, five brothers, Jake, Mike, Joe, Andy and Edward, seven sisters, Margaret, Mary, Sister Margaret Alice, Maggie, Alice, Helen and Lorraine.