Ed Kraft was expert at making sausage


Mass of Christian Burial for Edward Kraft, 92, of Timber Lake, will be at 10 a.m. at the Holy Cross Catholic Church in Timber Lake.
A Rosary service will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. at the church.
Burial will be at the Glencross Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge.
Mr. Kraft passed away Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, at the Selby Good Samaritan Center.
Edward “Ed” Kraft was born May 23, 1920, in Strasburg, N.D., to Jacob and Elizabeth (Reis) Kraft, the third of 16 children. In 1926 the family moved to a farm south of Glencross, where he attended country school and worked on the farm along with his parents and siblings.
Ed grew up during the hard times of the 1930s. Money was scarce and the food they had was what they grew and produced on the family farm. From his dad, Ed learned how to butcher beef and pigs. He was an expert sausage maker, having perfected his dad’s recipe and keeping the recipe in his head.
As he grew older he also worked for neighboring farmers. One of these was Ward Coull, who taught him the fine art of beekeeping. Some of these techniques were not well-learned, as Ed was often seen with lumps on his arms and neck from bee stings.
While living and working in the Glencross area, Ed met Mary Martian, a local girl from the area. On June 18, 1946, Ed and Mary were married at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Glencross. They continued to live in the Glencross area where Ed managed the Bagley elevator for a couple of years. Times were tough and they moved to Rapid City where Ed worked for the WPA doing construction at the Air Force base. They were able to pay off their car and retrieve a wristwatch that Ed had hocked.
Moving to Timber Lake, Ed worked for a long time as a lineman for Moreau Grand Electric and then managed the Odegard elevator for Guy Long. He continued to manage the elevator until 1968 when he and Willie Voller purchased the elevator. Ed stayed there until he sold Willie his share of the elevator. He then did part-time work for the plastic plant in Mobridge. Ed could not stand to be retired so he also worked as a truck driver for the Dewey County Highway Department and the Timber Lake school district as a bus driver.
Ed lived at home in Timber Lake until his health failed. He entered the Good Samaritan Center in Selby in August of 2011.
In addition to his work ethic, Ed was a very good card player. He enjoyed all types of card games. He also enjoyed fishing and woodworking. Another pastime that he and Mary enjoyed was attending dances in the local area. He was an excellent dancer and could polka and waltz with the best of them.
Ed is survived by his wife, Mary of Timber Lake; his children, David (Cheryl) of Bismarck, N.D., James of Janesville, Wis., Peg (Don) Merkle of Noti, Ore., Beth (Ken) Schweitzer of Gillette, Wyo., Mary Jo (Ed) Maciejewski of Timber Lake, and Nick (Lauri) of Storey, Wyo.; 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; and his siblings, Herman Kraft, Jack Kraft, Fred Kraft, Dave Kraft, Helen Bracken, Marie Klein, Edith Scherer and Idora Wortman.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Claudie (killed in WWII), Francis “Butch,” Dick, Tony, Andy and Gene, and his sister, Eleanor.
Memorials may be directed to the Holy Cross Parish Center Building Fund.

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