Charles Wallen Kraft, age 69, passed away peacefully on January 7, 2009, at the Benedictine Health Center, Minneapolis, MN, after a long illness.
Chuck was born in Minneapolis to Charles and Helen Wallen Kraft, on October 13, 1939. After graduating from Minneapolis Roosevelt High School, Chuck went to work for 3M in St. Paul. He also worked as an insurance adjuster, sheet rocker, bartender, and home remodeler. In the mid 1970s, Chuck challenged the Minneapolis City Commission when he was denied permission to erect a wind generator to power his residence.
As a gentleman farmer, Chuck established Hartland Llamas on his acreage near Laporte, MN. In addition to raising llamas and sheep, Chuck enjoyed both deer hunting and fishing. His fishing efforts resulted in a state-record largemouth bass, pulled from Lake Garfield in 1986. A life-long lover of animals, he also raised Great Danes and always had a Labrador retriever on the farm.
After being hit head-on by a drunk driver, Chuck retired from the farm and moved to The Kenwood in Minneapolis. He enjoyed the companionship of his fellow residents, where he organized the "penny ante" poker games and trips to the casinos.
Chuck was preceded in death by his parents and his only sister, Barbara Gail Auld.
Although Chuck never married, he considered his niece and nephews to be his own. Grateful to have called him "Uncle Buzz" is his niece Patricia Dobbe (Rick), Piedmont, SD; and nephews Richard Auld, Sioux Falls, SD; Steven Auld (Sandy), Van Horne, IA; and Thomas Auld (MaryAnn), Blaine, MN. Chuck is also survived by his brother-in-law, Richard J. Auld, Sioux Falls, SD; great-nephews Daniel Dobbe and Talon Auld; and great-nieces Rebecca Auld, Aspen Auld, Keeley Auld, and Cassidy Auld.
Private services and internment will be at Lakeport Cemetery in Laporte, MN. Arrangements made through the Cremation Society of Minnesota.