August Heinrich Kraft

April 9, 1935 - June 23, 2012
August Heinrich Kraft

August H. “Gus” Kraft, 77, unexpectedly passed away on June 23, 2012 at the family’s home in Leland, North Carolina.

Gus was born in Germany and immigrated to the United States in 1956. He settled in Waterloo, New York, where he met and married his loving wife Irma in 1959. Gus was deeply grateful for his U.S. citizenship and frequently expressed his love for the United States.

Trained as a butcher, he worked at Bill’s Meat Market in Waterloo, then bought and operated Miller’s Meat Market in Seneca Falls, NY, and later, Bill’s Meat Market. Gus and Irma operated the store for 16 years and were an integral part of their community. Gus’ vivacious personality was greatly responsible for their success as he never met a stranger.

After retirement, Gus and Irma moved from Waterloo to Elgin, South Carolina and then to Leland, North Carolina, quickly forming lasting friendships with many wonderful people. If walking with him, one would frequently have to wait as he’d be stopped, talking with a new friend. Gus was sincere, loving and giving. He enjoyed playing tennis, listening to music, writing poetry, and became a self-taught artist. One could not cross his path without being given a souvenir from one of his hobbies. Gus grew into a deeply spiritual man and looked forward to playing tennis in heaven with the angels, saying, “Playing tennis on the clouds is much easier on the knees.”

He is survived by Irma, his wife of 53 years; two sisters: Katie Manske and Hannchen Sealock; three sons: Chris (Maria) Kraft, Rodney (Janet) Kraft, and Robert Kraft; seven grandchildren: Daniel Kraft, William Kraft, Kyle Kraft, Joel Kraft, Jordan Kraft, Madeline Kraft and Gracyn Kraft; and fourteen loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother Georg Kraft and his sister Fransiska Schaller.

A memorial service to celebrate his life and spirit will be held at Woodburn Presbyterian Church in Leland, NC on Saturday June 30th at 11am, followed by fellowship with friends and family at the church immediately after the service.

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Wilmington Funeral and Cremation,Village Road Chapel, 525 Village Rd., Leland, NC 28451 910.383.3511


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  • July 01, 2012
    Mike Tremitiere says:
    Rest in peace ...you'll be greatly missed by all.

  • June 27, 2012
    Dave, Debbie Rachel and Erika says:
    Aunt Irma, Chris, Rodney and Robert, We were shocked and so incredible sad to hear of Uncle Gus's passing. He was such a wonderful man. He will be missed so very much. His hugs will especially be missed by many. He had such a love for life. And he charished his family and friends. We will continue to carry his memory in our hearts. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Uncle Gus RIP. We love you and will miss you.

  • July 20, 2012
    Dave and Cindi Dawley says:
    Dear Irma and family, We are so sorry for your loss. Gus was an inspiration to all. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Gus will be truly missed. Sincerely, Dave and Cindi Dawley

  • June 29, 2012
    Liz and Mike says:
    Our Uncle Gustle was an amazing person. He will be so missed by so many. He will be remembered for his loving spirit, his positive attitude, wonderful sense of humor, talent, and hugs. We will never forget our beloved Uncle Gustle.

  • June 26, 2012
    Dianne (Giessler) Stancampiano says:
    I'm so sorry to hear of Gus's passing. I am sure that he and my dad are sitting at the kitchen table as they did so many, many times catching up on life and sharing stories of the ones they love. Gus was such a good friend to my dad. You are all in my heart and prayers. Dianne & Peter Stancampiano