Al was born on November 28, 1922 in Cuba, North Dakota to Otto and Julia (Roberg) Kraft. He attended country school and grew into manhood working on his parent’s farm and assisting neighboring farmers.
At the age of 15, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps and helped build the International Peace Garden on the North Dakota and Canadian border. In 1943, he enlisted in the United States Army, serving his country in the Pacific Theatre of World War II until honorably discharge in 1946.
He met JoAnne, the love of his life, while working on her cousin’s farm in North Dakota. Al and JoAnne (McMonigal) Kraft, were united in marriage on Feb. 3, 1951 in St Paul.
The couple settled in St Paul. Their marriage was blessed with nine children. In 1948, Alfred started his career as a production machine repairman while employed at the St. Paul Hoist and Hydraulic Company and then for Univac. It was in 1961, that Al began his 23 year career with Honeywell, retiring in 1985. The Kraft family purchased land east of Princeton in 1973. Al and his family built their home from the ground up. This home welcomed family and friends for many years.
He enjoyed the outdoors. Al loved camping with his wife and children, farming, gardening, tending to his many apple trees, cribbage, five hundred, and baseball. He was a proud father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Throughout his life, Al obtained a strong belief in family values.
He will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by his children: Lori (Joe) Leis, Steve (Diane), Carol (Dave) Snow, Greg(Carol), Ron (Kathy), Mitzi (Dorn) Thompson, Don (Wendy), Dan (Nicole); daughter-in-law, Vonnie (Kraft) Bolle; 28 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; brothers Fred of Lake Park and Curtis of Moorhead; sister Bernice (Don) Rounds of Everett, Wash., and many other family and friends.
Al was preceded in death by his wife JoAnne in August of 2009; his eldest son, Gary in 2001; his parents and 12 brothers and sisters.
Visitation was held Monday, July 9 in Christ Our Life Catholic Church and continued one hour prior to the funeral service on Tuesday, July 10 in Princeton. Father Kevin Anderson officiated.
Al was buried in St. Edward’s Catholic Cemetery next to his beloved wife, JoAnne.