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Obituary for Arthur H. Kraft

Arthur H. Kraft, 95, of Scottsbluff passed away on April 1, 2020 at Regional West Medical Center.

A memorial service will be held at Bridgman Funeral Home in Scottsbluff at a later date.

Memorials are to be made in care of the family and can be mailed to Bridgman Funeral Home.

Arthur was born May 16th, 1924 to parents Henry Kraft and Katherine (Sterkel, Kraft) Kimmel. He was raised and educated in Scottsbluff. As a young man, he followed his brothers to California and eventually began working in the shipyards before enlisting in the Navy, serving from 1943-1945. He served aboard the CL-49, a light cruiser otherwise known as the “Lucky Lou” and officially as the St. Louis. Arthur was involved in 6 out of 11 major conflicts during the Pacific campaign. He survived several bombings, torpedo attacks and kamikaze dive bombers while on board the Lucky Lou, and was close enough to witness the mushroom cloud after the bombing of Hiroshima. He was very proud to have served his country and was able to attend a reunion in Farragut, Idaho honoring his fellow shipmates that served on the St. Louis alongside him.

Following his service, he met and married his loving wife Joyce Herrick on March 29, 1948. To this union, two children were born. Arthur made his living as a carpenter and worked on many of the banks and commercial buildings in the area. He eventually built his own home which he was very proud of. He enjoyed his yardwork, gardening, cooking, traveling, hunting, fishing and excelled in all of them.

Arthur was preceded in death by his parents; Henry and Katherine Kraft; sisters Irene (Hank) Hilger, Ester (Raymond) Nagel, and Clara May; brothers Dave (Dorothy), Walter (Elsie), Daniel and Robert “Sonny” Kraft.

Left to honor Arthur’s memory are his wife Joyce; daughter Karen (Kraft) Stoddard; son Dennis (Darla) Kraft; grandsons Dusty (Star) and Lance (Christy) Kraft; six great grandchildren; brother James “Jim” (Maureen) Kraft; sister Clara Marie (Vaughn) Blackburn, sisters-in-law Mary Kraft, Carol Kraft as well as many nieces and nephews.