Mike S Kraft, Bismarck, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Monday, February 25, 2019 at the age of 85. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 2, at Spirit of Life Catholic Church, 801 1st St SE, Mandan, with Father Kreitinger officiating. Burial will be held in the spring.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 1 at Bismarck Funeral Home, 3723 Lockport St, Bismarck, where a vigil service will begin at 7 p.m. 
Mike was born March 29, 1933, the son of Sylvester and Frances (Moser) Kraft.  He grew up on the family farm in Strasburg along with his 13 brothers and sisters.
Mike followed his brother and sister to California where he worked at Boeing and other various jobs, until he returned to the family farm in Strasburg to help with harvest.  After harvest while attending a dance he met the love of his life, Marlys Ann Nelson and they were united in marriage on May 9, 1960.
They initially made their home in California where they owned and operated Winchell’s Donut Shop. During their time in California the two oldest of seven children were born.  Their strong family values eventually lead them closer to home.  Initially they made their home in Aberdeen, SD, where Mike worked for the local lumber yard. 
Mike’s passion for tinkering, would lead him to Bismarck, where he worked in appliance repair for several years, before starting Mike’s Appliance and Small Engine Repair.  During this time Mike and Marlys would have five more children.  Mike was always looking for a new adventure and this time it was moving the family to a hobby farm in Lehr, ND where he continued with the appliance repair business and various jobs throughout the community. 
A few years later, Mike and Marlys moved their family back to Bismarck where he would finish his working career at the North Dakota State Penitentiary and retired in 1995. 
Mike enjoyed music, dancing, playing cards with friends and most of all he loved spending time and sharing a meal “especially dessert” with family and friends. 
Mike is survived by his wife of 58 years, Marlys; his children, Tom Kraft, Mandan, Dan (Devi) Kraft,  Henderson, NV, Sylvia (Melvin) Faris, Mandan, Cindy (Shannon) Schneider, Corey (Sheila) Kraft and Aaron (Yvette) Kraft all of Bismarck;  his grandchildren, Jamie (Randi) Kraft, Ashley Kraft, AJ Kraft, Jessica Soenjoto, Dustin Faris, Brandon (Leslie) Faris, Michael (Eliza) Faris, Maranda Faris, Andrea Faris, Courtney Schneider, Alexis (Hayden) Bauer, Amber Kraft, Austyn Kraft, Cambrya Kraft, Caylin Kraft; 10 great-grandchildren; his sisters Viola (Val Vetter), Frances (Tom) Schmaltz, Jane Bosch, Helen McLeod, Lorraine Silvernagel, Jolene (Don) Hahne, Judy (Mick) Brick; his brothers Victor (Linda) Kraft, Eugene (Mattie) Kraft; two-sister in-laws Rose Kraft, Linda Kraft and many nieces and nephews.
Mike was preceded in death by his son, Mark; his parents Sylvester and Frances; his brothers Joe Kraft, Albert Kraft, Ben Kraft; and his sister Eleanor Samson.
 

 



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Bismarck Funeral Home
3723 Lockport St
Bismarck, ND 58503-5537
(701) 223-4055


Site designed and maintained by KK BOLD Copyright 2013 Bismarck Funeral Home

Bismarck Funeral Home
3723 Lockport St  |  Bismarck, ND 58503-5537
(701) 223-4055


Site designed and maintained by KK BOLD Copyright 2013 Bismarck Funeral Home