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Stewart W. "Stu" Kraft

November 20, 1937 — March 12, 2022

Stewart Wayne “Stu” Kraft, 84, of Syracuse, IN passed away at 4:07 a.m. on Saturday, March 12, 2022 at his home. He was born on November 20, 1937 in Valparaiso, IN to Frank & Mary (Crisman) Kraft.

He grew up in Hobart, graduated in 1956 from Hobart High School, and attended the University of Colorado. He moved to the Syracuse area in 1977 and was married on September 15, 1978 in Las Vegas, NV to Susan K. “Sue” Miller who survives. He retired in 1997 from Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) after 40 years and wintered in Bonita Springs, FL for the past 24 years.

He attended the Grace Lutheran Church in Syracuse and was a member of the Eagles Lodge # 3760 in Syracuse, Moose Lodge in Bonita Springs, FL, Masonic Lodge # 357 in Hobart since 1965, Scottish Rite in South Bend, and Mizpah Shrine Club in Fort Wayne.  He loved his family, fishing, I.U. basketball, Chicago Cubs, and horse racing.

He is survived by:

Wife – Sue Kraft of Syracuse

2 Daughters – Elizabeth Kraft of New Paris & Stacey (Scott) Mehlberg of Leesburg

Son – Stewart Kraft Jr. of Del Ray Beach, FL

6 Grandchidlren – Taylor Ito, Sara Ryman, Calvin Connolly, Evan Connolly, Addison Mehlberg, and Zachary Mehlberg

4 Gt. Grandchildren – Savannah Buss, Hiro Ito, Wyatt Ryman, and Tate Ryman

Sister – Mary (Phil) Govert of Crown Point

Brother – Conrad Kraft of Hobart

Visitation will be from 2:00 – 4:00 & 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at Owen Family Funeral Home, 1001 S. Huntington St., Syracuse, IN. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 in the funeral home with Pastor Mike Beezley of the Clunette United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will follow in the Syracuse Cemetery.

Preferred memorial may be given to the Shriner’s Hospital or Grace Lutheran Church.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2022

2:00 - 4:00pm (Eastern time)

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Wednesday, March 16, 2022

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