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Joyce Kraft

Joyce I. Kraft (Herrick)

Sunday, July 10th, 1927 - Saturday, May 22nd, 2021
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Arthur H. Kraft, 95, of Scottsbluff, passed away April 1, 2020, at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff. Joyce I. Kraft, 93, of Scottsbluff, passed away Saturday, May 22, 2021, at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff. A graveside service will be held at the Fairview Cemetery in Scottsbluff for both Arthur and Joyce Kraft, 11:00 a.m., Friday, May 28, 2021 with Pastor Rick Reisig officiating. Military honors for Arthur will be provided by the United States Navy and American Legion Post No. 36. Memorials may be made in care of the family for later designation. Online condolences may be left at Bridgman Funeral Home of Scottsbluff is entrusted with arrangements.

Arthur was born May 16, 1924, to Henry 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 to 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 six out of eleven 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 survived by his wife, Joyce; daughter, Karen Stoddard; son, Dennis (Darla) Kraft; grandsons, Dusty (Star) Kraft and Lance (Christy) Kraft; six great-grandchildren; brother, James “Jim” (Maureen) Kraft; sister, Clara Marie (Vaughn) Blackburn; sisters-in-law, Mary Kraft, and Carol Kraft; as well as many nieces and nephews.

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

Joyce was born July 10, 1927, to Gerold and Faye (Adams) Herrick in Monowi, Nebraska, the smallest town in the state. Growing up in the sandhills the family eventually moved to Stuart, Nebraska, where she was raised and educated. She was her Daddy’s “right hand man” and could often be found driving a tractor or caring for the livestock.

After graduation from high school, she followed her sisters to Omaha to pursue a career in nursing. After her studies she eventually moved to Scottsbluff and began working at the Methodist Hospital. She wore many hats as a registered nurse before becoming the nurse supervisor for the pediatric department. Pediatrics was her passion as she loved all the little children. She retired, after working for many years, from West Nebraska General Hospital, currently known as Regional West Medical Center.

Joyce met and married Arthur H. Kraft on March 29, 1948. To this union two children were born. She was a loving, caring, and compassionate woman, and kept a clean and happy home. She was very hardworking, supportive of her husband, and raised her children to be self-sufficient and independent. She enjoyed traveling, cooking, sewing, gardening and canning.

Joyce is survived by her daughter, Karen Stoddard; son, Dennis (Darla) Kraft; grandsons, Dusty (Star) Kraft, and Lance (Christy) Kraft; six great-grandchildren; brother, Gerold (Diane) Herrick; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Gerold and Faye Herrick; her husband, Arthur Kraft; and sisters and brothers-in-law; Norma (Doug) Melcher, Geroldine (Bud) Alexander, and Lois (Ed) Schlindwein.

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Service Details

  • Service

    Friday, May 28th, 2021 | 11:00am
    Friday, May 28th, 2021 11:00am
    Fairview Cemetery
    North Fifth Avenue
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    Pastor Rick Reisig
  • Interment

    Fairview Cemetery
    4109 5th Avenue
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