Kraft, William Henry

William Henry Kraft

June 12, 1929 - September 1, 2020

Bill Kraft of Frisco, Texas passed away peacefully on September 1, 2020 at the seasoned age of 91. Bill Kraft grew up in Baltimore, Maryland where he was raised by his eccentric, albeit doting, parents Harry and Myrtle Kraft, along with his sister Janet Ruth, who always continued to be one of his closest friends. Bill fondly recalled, “the good old days” of his youth playing baseball pick-up games, listening to radio programs like Dick Tracy and Little Orphan Annie, and sledding down the neighborhood street in the winter. He sustained his childlike wonder and optimistic outlook throughout the triumphs and tribulations of his life. Bill served in the Maryland National Guard, worked as a draftsman drawing blueprints for everything from electronics to intercontinental missiles, and later, as a salesman specializing in pad printing machines. His genuine personality and natural charisma made him an ideal salesman, so much so that “he could sell you a ticket to hell and you’d be excited to go!” Most of all, he enjoyed his post-retirement job as a door greeter at Sam’s club in Plano, Texas. There, he made friends from around the world, did everything he could to make children smile, all while displaying the watchfulness of one of the Queen’s guards. Over the years, Bill remained grounded in his faith and ensured that his family reserved a seat in one of the front pews at church each Sunday. Bill loved to draw the characters from Charlie Brown’s Peanuts gang, tell jokes and stories (he maintained his impeccable memory until the end), root for the Rangers and Cowboys, and spend priceless moments with his family. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, of 59 years who he cherished dearly. Bill was a proud father to his children Christopher and Susan, and an energetic grandfather to Austin, Holly, Catherine, and Alex. Bill was a man who made a positive impact on every life that he touched. He knew how to prioritize the things that are truly important and reassured us not to worry when the going got tough. I.A.W.O (It Always Works Out).

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I am truly sorry for your families loss. I was blessed to have known Bill through his daughter Susan. He truly was one of a kind. He loved his family deeply and was a true example of how to love others. He never met a stranger. I know he is in heaven greeting everyone he meets and playing poker with those who have gone before him. I remember all the letters he wrote yearly updating everyone and doting on his family accomplishments. I am sure he will have plenty of letters for us to read when we meet again. Until then, I get to reminisce about the legacy you have left. The world was a better place because of you. Christi Reaves, September 17, 2020 Barbara and Family. I’m so sorry for your loss. Bill will be remembered for his love for family and a good sense of humor. Lucy Pascarelli, September 16, 2020 Thank you for being my #1 fan throughout my entire football career even though you lived in a different time zone. I am going to miss our hour long conversations on phone talking about the Cowboys. My next birthday won’t be same without the drawings you would put in my card. Hopefully we can get to have our football conversations again someday. Alex Kraft, September 16, 2020 Bill was one of the sweetest funniest guys I knew. He would always put a smile on my face whenever I saw him. We’d always talk about football and baseball. He liked the Cowboys and I like the Giants so we would have some good conversations. I’ll miss you Bill!! Love Lisa
Lisa Moore, September 16, 2020 Mr. Bill filled my childhood with the best birthday cartoons a girl could ask for. What a lovely, kind man. They don’t make them like him any more. Thank you for the years of friendship you gave my parents. My deepest condolences to the Kraft family. The Linden family loves you all. Maria Linden Bieluch, September 16, 2020 Bill will be so missed! His love of family was so evident as was his devotion to Barbara; his sense of humor was contagious; he had a personality that attracted people to him. We loved him. Denise Linden, September 16, 2020 Barb, my condolences to you and your family. Praying for your strength, peace and comfort. Glendora Glendora Hilton, September 16, 2020