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Dick Kraft

Dick Kraft

Dick Kraft, 71, passed from this life to the next on Thursday, May 3, 2018. A private memorial service will be held.

Kenneth R. Kraft II was born on July 8, 1946, in Chicago, Illinois, to Kenneth Richard Kraft and Bonnie Holmes Kraft. He was raised and grew up in Robinson, Illinois, and graduated from high school there in 1964. He attended Greenville University in Greenville, Illinois, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education in 1969. He was a coach at Highland High School in Highland, Illinois, then he coached at Greenville University where he was a baseball coach for a number of years. Then he coached at Trinity Christian School in Cedar Hill, Texas. Dick also coached at Beverly Hills Christian School in Oak Cliff, and later at Evangel Temple Christian School in Grand Prairie. Dick was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for over 30 years. During some of this same time period he had an insurance agency. He inspired countless amounts of young men and women throughout his days of coaching and mentoring. Dick married LaWanda Harris Kraft on June 19, 2005, in Breckenridge. He was a member of The People’s Church in Breckenridge.

Survivors include his wife, LaWanda of Breckenridge; daughters, Shere Kraft of Willis, Texas, Charity Lawson and husband Cody of Helotes, Texas, Jody Fisher and husband Rhett of Los Angeles, California, Jeanne Poston and husband Michael of Breckenridge, and Roxanne Fain of Breckenridge; sons, Chad Kraft of Willis, Texas, Craig Kraft and wife Brittani of Breckenridge, Rocky Fain and wife Ashley of Gales Ferry, Connecticut; and 11 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Tanner Monk; and a sister, Marilyn Tanski.

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QUILT SHOW The Breckenridge Fine Arts Center’s 2018 Quilt Show opened May 8 and will continue through June 29. The BFAC is located at 207 N. Breckenridge Ave. and is open to the public.

BHS GRADUATION The Breckenridge High School Class of 2018 will graduate at 7 p.m. Friday, May 25. The ceremony will be held in the BHS Athletic Facility (aka the “new gym”).

BRECKENRIDGE AIRSHOW The 21st Breckenridge Airshow will take place May 26-27 at the Stephens County Airport. For more information, visit the website

KIDS SOAP MAKING CLASS The Stephens County Extension office will offer a Soap Making Class for kids in grades 2-12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, at the Extension office, 2622 Highway 180 East (at the intersection of State Highway 67 and U.S. Highway 180). The fee for the class will be $35 per student, and the class is limited to 15 kids. Attendees will need to take a sack lunch. For more information or to register, call Sumer Russell at 254-559-2313.

BATTLE OF THE BADGES BLOOD DRIVE The Rotary Club of Breckenridge will host a friendly competition between the Breckenridge Fire Department, the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office and the Breckenridge Police Department via a blood drive. Those donating blood can do so in the name of one of the three emergency offices. The blood drive will take place over three days at three different locations: Thursday, June 7, 1-5 p.m., First National Bank; Friday, June 8, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Stephens Memorial Hospital; and, Saturday, June 9, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., First National Bank. For more information, call Sherry or Les Strickland at 254-522-1959.

NON-PROFIT SCHOOLS MEETING The Breckenridge Independent School District will hold a meeting for private, non-profit schools and home schools with tax-exempt status. Participants will discuss available funding to eligible private school students and the conditions for participating in programs paid with Title I, Part A funding. The meeting will be at the BISD Administration Building Board Room, 212 N. Miller Ave., at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 7. For more information, contact Molly Johnson, BISD director of curriculum and instruction, at 254-522-9600.

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