Kraft, Raymond J.

Raymond J. (Ducky) Kraft, 84, of Wernersville, passed away Tuesday, February
19th, at Reading Hospital and Medical Center, formerly a 75 year resident of

Raymond was born in Reading, on July 21, 1928, a son of the late Harriet (McCoy)
and Raymond J. Kraft.

He was the husband of Ethel M. (Cooper) Kraft.

Mr. Kraft worked for 43 years at Maier’s Bakery, Reading, last as a personnel manager and retired in March 1991. He started his career at his father’s grocery store in Mohnton.

He served in the U.S. Army in the Korean War.

For 20 years Mr. Kraft served on the Mohnton Borough Council and served as president of council. He was a member of Masonic Lodge #227 F. & A. M. of West Reading. Raymond served various positions in Family Campers Recreational Vehicles from 1988-1997 including state president.

Mr. Kraft graduated from the former Mohnton High School in 1946 and attended the
Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Arts.

He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church Mohnton, Mr. Kraft served on the
church council for 8 years and as vice-president for 4 years.

Raymond is survived by his wife, a son,Gary D., husband of Janice I. Kraft, of Mohnton; he is also survived by a brother, Roger D. Kraft, of Shillington; and by 2 grandchildren Timothy
husband of Amanda and Bonnie wife of Nicholas Blatt and a great grandson

He was predeceased by his sister Virginia M. Rogers

A. Religious Service will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, South Church Street,
Mohnton, at 11:30 A.M. on Wednesday, February 27th.

Friends are invited to call Tuesday 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. at St. John’s Lutheran

Interment in Mohnsville Cemetery, Mohnton.

The Sanders Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 1501 North 11th Street,
Reading is in charge of the arrangements. Please sign the online guest register

Family requests donations to St. John’s Lutheran Church Mortgage Fund PO Box 5
Mohnton, PA 19540.


  1. Ethel and Gary, I am so sorry to learn of Raymond’s passing. He served as a mentor to so many people. He set a fine example at the Bakery and was respected for his dedication. I loved his stories and I will miss him! God bless you and your family. Love, Nora Kring

  2. Ray Kraft was one of the finest men I ever met. He was someone that I looked up to. At Ray’s retirement, Rick Reidnauer called him a second father. I agree with Ricky. He gave me good advice, listened and encouraged me when I was troubled. I believe I could’ve counted on Krafty for anything. May he rest in peace.

  3. To the dearest family of a man with more integrity than the rest of us may know. Ducky is someone that has touched a place in my heart forever. I learned how to paint as I watched him painting many a canvas while sitting on the porch of the Wildflower. He was a fellow hunter that could share stories we will never forget. He is now among eternal greatness as he waits for his family and the rest of us to join him one day. He will be missed while we live out the rest of the days of our lives. Blessings to the family. Love, Debbie

  4. Ray Kraft and Maier’s Bakery were synonomous! He served the company so well for so many years in a variety of capacities. He was honest, loyal, sincere, dedicated and a fine role model and example for all of us. I’ll never forget him taking time to play Santa Claus for Sallie and Matt when they were very young. the pictures of him doing that are among our family’s treasures! Deepest sympathy to Ethel, Gary, and the entire family. May the soul of the faithful, through the mercy of God, rest in peace, and may light perpetual shine upon him.

  5. I had my very first job interview with Krafty, when I was 16 years old! I learned many invaluable lessons from him during my early working years, and still smile as I think of his kindness and the gratitude that he continued to share with my family for years and years after his retirement. Who else sends a hand-made card with a very thoughtful note, out of the blue, at random times when least expected, just to say thank you? Truly, he thanked me more times for his retirement album than I would have ever imagined or expected. He was a model of sincerity and grace, and he will be forever remembered, and deeply missed.

    I’m sad that work commitments will prevent me from attending the service on Wednesday, but please know that my loving thoughts are with your family at this time. Rest in peace, dear Raymond! Yours was a life well-lived!

  6. I am so sorry for the loss of Raymond (Ducky). He was such a “shining star” of the community. Prayers and condolences to all of the family.
    Liz and Dick’s daughter, Michele

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