Mr. Donald Lee Kraft

  • Born: August 4, 1924
  • Died: May 9, 2014
  • Location: Leawood, Kansas

Johnson County Funeral Chapel and Cemetery

11200 Metcalf Avenue
Overland Park, KS 66210

Tel. (913) 451-1860

Tribute & Message From The Family


A much loved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Donald L. Kraft was born August 4, 1924 in Kansas City, Missouri and passed away May 9, 2014. He served his country as a Navy Combat Correspondent Photographer in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. While serving he took part in the Philippine Liberation, Okinawa and Iwo Jima campaigns and was on the USS Missouri as the surrender of Japan was signed. He went on to graduate from the University of Missouri in 1948 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. After a remarkable 33 year career with Phillips Petroleum Company he retired to be with the family he loved and to pursue his passion for golf and invention. He was a longtime member of Cherokee Christian Church in Prairie Village, Kansas where he devoted much of his time. He is survived by Nancy Kraft, his loving wife of 62 years, three children; David Kraft and wife Emilie, Susan Haddad and husband David, and Sandra Dawson and husband Joe. He is remembered by his grandchildren, Cameron Haddad and wife Rochelle Ralston, and Ashley Olberding and husband Kyle. He also leaves one great-grandchild, Cash Haddad, and numerous nieces and nephews. Services will be held at Johnson County Funeral Chapel 11200 Metcalf at 4pm, Monday May 12. In lieu of flowers please send dedications to the Salvation Army or City Union Mission.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I am grateful for the life of Mr. Kraft. Thanks to his service and to the service of others in our armed forces, my family and I have been able to lead our lives in freedom and peace.

Posted by Bob - Grandview, MO - A grateful stranger   May 11, 2014

Don was one of the most committed Christians I have ever known. I am so sad to learn of his graduation to his eternal home. My love to Nancy and all members of the family and to everyone in Cherokee Christian Church.

Posted by Ron Frazier - Warrenton, MO - Former Interim Pastor   May 11, 2014

I am grateful for the life of Mr. Kraft. Thanks to his service and to the service of others in our armed forces, my family and I have been able to lead our lives in freedom and peace.

Posted by Bob - Grandview, MO   May 11, 2014

We will all miss Don. I have the fondest me memories of sharing numerous rounds of golf with Don and my brother David and him son Cameron. And a number of pancake breakfast fund raisers with his church. I am saddened by his death. My prayers and thoughts are with Nancy, David, Susan and Sandy,their families and all those that were touched by knowing Don.

Posted by Kevin Haddad    May 10, 2014