Vernon was born to Adam and Mary (Fischer) Kraft on September 27, 1911, in Shattuck. He was the 5th of 12 children born to the Krafts and raised on the family farm. Vernon worked on the farm with his father and brothers most of his young life.
In 1933 he married Esther Katherine Meier. A few years later, they moved from Oklahoma due to the many bad dust storms there, during that era. They eventually settled in Colorado after a friend convinced them there were greater job opportunities here. Vernon worked various farming jobs in Colorado until he finally settled onto the farm South East of Brighton.
On April 15, 1936, Vernon and Esther welcomed the birth of their first child, Verlin Dennis. Two years later they were blessed with a second son. Charles Larry was born on January 22, 1938. Vernon and Esther raised their boys on the farm. As a family, they enjoyed wheat farming together, fishing, and traveling to the mountains. Vernon and Esther liked to travel to Mexico to go deep sea fishing. Vernon also did quite a lot of big and small game hunting. In 1973, Vernon and Esther moved into Brighton. Shortly thereafter, in January 1974, Vernon lost his wife Esther to cancer.
Vernon continued on with his farming. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He also continued his involvement with his church, The Church of God. His deep faith in God helped him greatly throughout his years.
In December, 1974, Vernon married Alma Hause. Over the years they enjoyed traveling to Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, and to the New England States. Also, they enjoyed playing cards, elk hunting, and boating and fishing on many Colorado lakes.
In September 2001, Vernon celebrated his 90th birthday, surrounded by family and many friends. Vernon was a kind, vibrant, and active man his entire life. Although he experienced several illnesses throughout his lifetime, (including 2 heart bypass surgeries) Vernon always insisted on living life to its fullest. He was a loving and concerned family man. His family and his faith in God were foremost in his life, always, and to his final day. Vernon was 92 years old at the time of his death on January 5, 2004.
Vernon is survived by his wife, Alma, son Charles Kraft and wife Barbara, daughter-in-law, Kay (Kraft) Doss, all of Brighton, 2 brothers, Henry Kraft and Ted Kraft, 3 sisters, Alice Steinle and Orpha Hayes, all of Shattuck, and Ruth Renner of Friona Tex. Vernon is also survived by six grandchildren, Doug Kraft of Brighton, David Kraft of Aurora, Carol Baumgartner (Craig), Linda Rock (Darryl) of Brighton, Connie Sack (Richard) of Hudson and Brian Kraft of Brighton. Vernon has eight great-grandchildren, Jennifer, Desiree, Damian, Austin, Sarah, Kelly, Logan and Regan.
Vernon was proceeded in death by his mother, father, wife Esther, five brothers, Rueben, Richard, Merlin, Alfred, and Robert, one sister, Bertha Steinle, son, Dennis, and two grandchildren Daneen and Daniel Kraft.
Submitted by: Linda Fox - Ellis County Historical Society
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