Thomas J. Kraft

Thomas J. Kraft, Sr of Hermiston was born January 29, 1944, in Salina, Kansas the son of William and Eva Mae (Hollen) Kraft. He passed away in Hermiston on Saturday, October 16, 2021, at the age of 77.

Thomas moved with his family from Kansas to Idaho when he was ten years old. He grew up and attended schools in Clayton and Rupert, Idaho. After high school, he served in the US Navy for three years where he obtained the rank of Boiler Technician 3rd Class Petty Officer. After his honorable discharge, he moved to Forks, WA where he began his career as a log truck driver. He worked for I.T.T. Rayonier driving log trucks for over twenty years. He then bought his own truck and drove for himself for many years. He drove truck in many communities throughout Oregon and Washington until retiring in 2015.

Thomas enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing, playing WII Sports and enjoyed spending Sunday watching the Seattle Seahawks play football. He was a member of the Elks Lodge for over forty years, had helped establish the Elks Lodge in Forks, WA and had served as the Exalted Ruler for several years.

Thomas married Frankie Ellis in Forks, WA on November 9, 1967.

He is survived by his wife of fifty-three years, Frankie; sons, Thomas Jr and William R. Kraft; brothers, Bob Kraft, Jerry Kraft and Dick Kraft; sister, Judy Colouzis; and several nieces and nephews and extended family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Ron and Don; and a sister, Aline.

A private family burial will be in the Minidoka Acequia Rupert Cemetery in Rupert, Idaho. A Celebration of life will be announced in Hermiston and Forks, WA at a later time. Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in care of arrangements.

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