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925 S 27th Street
BILLINGS, MT 59101
Phone: 406-245-6427
Fax: 406-259-3558
Robert Kraft

Robert Eugene "Bob" Kraft

Monday, May 10th, 1943 - Friday, July 19th, 2019
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A wonderful husband, father, and grandfather Robert (Bob) Eugene Kraft went to heaven on July 19, 2019 at the age of 76 surrounded by his family. He fought a courageous battle with scleroderma for over 30 years.

Bob was the second of five children born on the family farm, west of Billings, on May 10,1943 to Ed Sr. and Frieda (Martin) Kraft. He graduated from Billings Senior High in 1961. He married Kayrene Yost on March 16, 1968 and they had two children, Rob and Tammy. Bob farmed for 58 years north of Laurel. Bob ran a dairy for 37 of those years and then ran a feedlot fattening cattle. Farming was not just his profession, it was his passion. He loved going to cattle and farm auctions where he collected International Farmall Tractors. He also enjoyed collecting and restoring classic cars which he proudly displayed in parades and car shows. Bob especially enjoyed the cruises he took with his family and friends. Grandpa Bob loved spending time with grandkids. He looked forward to playing cards with them and always enjoyed joking with them.

He was a member and deacon of the Laurel Congregational Church. He was on the Board of Directors of the High Ditch Company. He was a member of the Early Ford V8 Car Club and the Goggles and Dusters Car Club as well as a member of the Elks and Moose. He was also a member of the Montana Dairyman’s Association until 2007.

Nothing was more important than his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Richard.

Bob is survived by his wife Kayrene of Laurel; son Rob (Diane); daughter Tammy Robertus (Jason); grandchildren Lane Kraft and Brett, Ryan, Kyle and Alyssa Robertus; brothers Ed (Roxie), James (Valorie); sister Peggy Wood (Ervin); sisters-in-law Sylvia Kraft, Bonnie Kinsfather (Barry); brother-in-law Mel Yost (Vicki); and many nephews, nieces and cousins.
Memorials may be made to the Laurel Congregational Church, to the Scleroderma Foundation, 300 Rosewood Drive, Suite 105, Danvers, MA 01923 or to the charity of your choice.

Visitation will be held from 4-7 pm Tuesday, July 30 at the Smith Funeral Chapel in Laurel. A celebration of life will be held at 10 am Wed. July 31 at the Laurel Congregational Church with interment at the Laurel cemetery. Condolences may be shared at smithfuneralchapels.com.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, July 30th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, July 30th, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Smith Laurel
    Address
    Address Not Available
  • Service

    Wednesday, July 31st, 2019 | 10:00am
    When
    Wednesday, July 31st, 2019 10:00am
    Location
    Laurel First Congregational Church
    Address
    506 South 5th Street
    LAUREL, MT 59044
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    Officiant
    Pastor Jim Dawson

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Horst and Terry Wedner

Posted at 02:30pm
Our deepest sympathies to your entire family. May God wrap his arms around you and comfort you during this difficult time. We pray this tree grows to be as strong and majestic as this wonderful man. Wish we could be there, but sending hugs and prayers your way.
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Richard Deines

Posted at 09:03pm
Sympathies to the Kraft family-I first met Bobby Kraft when we both started 1st grade at Elder Grove, and with fond memories of all the adventures, We, as children, participated in during our 8yrs at that little rural grade school. Rest in Peace Bobby Kraft.
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Michael Bernhardt

Posted at 05:53pm
May God be with Bob's family in this trying time. I remember lots of good times and discussions with Bob on the long trips to Helena for MDA meetings. I always thought of Bob as a good friend.

Mike and Lorrie Bernhardt
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High Ditch Company & Fagan & Cook, PC

Posted at 01:37pm
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Kathy Martin

Posted at 01:11pm
With sorrow at the loss of Robert and the memories that will always live on.
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