RISING CITY — Donald Kroft, 84, of Rising City, was born at David City on Jan. 29, 1933, to Gerald and Alice (Miller) Kroft. He passed away Monday, Dec. 25, 2017, at Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln.
He went to grade school at District 60 and graduated from high school at David City High School.
A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 29, at Immanuel Lutheran in Rising City. Viewing will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Chermok Funeral Home.
He was a 4-H member and FFA member. Following high school, he farmed with his father. In 1953, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in Korea and Japan. Returning home in 1955, he started to farm his grandmother's farm at Rising City and lived there for the remainder of his life. He farmed and raised sheep. In 1955, he met Viola Crook and they were married on Aug. 26, 1956. They had two children, Sara (Mark) Schroeder of Roca and Joel (Louise) Kroft of Seward. There are six grandchildren, Justin (Candice) Schroeder, Ashley Schroeder, Emily Schroeder, Michaela Kroft, Marissa Kroft and Melaina Kroft. He was so proud of each of them.
Don also worked for the Farmers Co-op Business Association in David City for 10 years and Osceola Implement for one year as a mechanic. He opened his own auto and farm equipment repair shop in 1973 and ran it for 35 years. He retired from farming in 2015. He enjoyed his woodworking shop and made many pieces of furniture and small items for family and friends. He also enjoyed camping with his family.
Donald is survived by his wife Viola; children and grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and brothers David (Susan) Kroft of Chattanooga, Tennessee, John (Avis) Kroft of Grand Junction, Colorado, Gary (Marilyn) Kroft of Grand Junction, Colorado, and Randy (Linda) Kroft of Bellwood.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Arrangements by Chermok Funeral Home of David City.