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John Henry Craft Sr.

John Henry Craft Sr., 76, of Kingman went to be with our Lord on July 11 after a short battle with cancer. John was born on Jan. 13, 1930, in Ridge, Mont.

He is survived by his wife, Idonna of Kingman; his children: John Craft Jr., 52, of Sayer, Okla.; Charlotte Jackson, 48, of Kingman; Karen Green, 46, of Port Orchard, Wash.; Tom Craft, 44, of Kennewick, Wash.; and Paul Craft, 41, of Columbus, Ohio. He leaves behind 16 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother, father, three brothers, one sister, and son Bill Craft.

John retired from the U.S. Navy as a chief petty officer in 1969 and returned to Hot Springs, Mont., to raise his family.

He retired to Kingman in 1987 and lived here ever since with the exception of frequent trips to see his far-flung family.

He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars with service in Korea and Vietnam. John was also a lifetime member of the Kingman Bowling Association and volunteered as a coach with the Kingman Young American Bowling Association.

He enjoyed bowling with his wife, daughter and friends on a frequent basis.

The family will hold a private memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to the Kingman Regional Medical Center Hospice on his behalf.

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