James A. "Jim" Kraker

  • Born: August 20, 1954
  • Died: June 10, 2018
  • Location: Grey Eagle, Minnesota

Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services

418 Fifth Avenue SE
Melrose, MN 56352

Tel. (320) 256-4249

Tribute & Message From The Family

James A. "Jim" Kraker, age 63 of Grey Eagle, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on Sunday, June 10, 2018, at his home in Grey Eagle, Minn.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 16, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Meire Grove with Rev. Vince Lieser officiating.
Interment will be held at St. Mary's Cemetery in Melrose.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose. Parish prayers will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home.

James Allen Kraker was born Aug. 20, 1954 in Melrose, Minn., to John "Jack" and Lorraine (Bussmann) Kraker. He graduated from Melrose High School and furthered his education at the St. Cloud Business College. On Aug. 22, 1980, he married Jane Yarke on Salzl's Hill, the tallest point in Stearns County.

Jim purchased Kraker Insurance Agency from his father in 1995. Jim was a very determined individual and with his drive and dedication he won multiple awards and trips that he was able to enjoy with his wife Jane and daughter Ashley. In his younger years he enjoyed spending his weekends at the family cabin on Big Birch Lake skiing, boating, fishing and enjoying nights at the bonfire. When not at the lake he was either on his tractor, riding motorcycle, or snowmobiling. He was also an avid NASCAR fan and was able to attend a NASCAR race in Michigan with his family. Jim loved spending time with his beloved wife, Jane and his daughter, Ashley. Jim will be remembered for his quick wit, outgoing personality and caring heart. He was one of the most caring and giving individuals and would drop everything just to help out when needed. His favorite saying was "Your handshake is your word" and those were the words he lived and worked by.

Jim was very much involved in the Melrose Community. He was twice president and vice president for the Melrose Chamber of Commerce, he was on the Melrose Hospital Board, a member of the Melrose Jaycees, St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose, and volunteered for the Red Cross.

Survivors include his wife, Jane Kraker of Grey Eagle; daughter, Ashley Kraker (fiancé, Joe Masloski) of Burnsville; brothers and sisters, John (Maggie) Kraker of Alexandria, Mary (Richard) Louden Horn of Melrose, Mike (Etta) Kraker of Melrose, Bob Kraker of St. Paul, Don (Tami) Kraker of Melrose, Jean Anderson of Grey Eagle, Joan (Doug) Baer of Brooklyn Center, Chuck (Monika) Kraker of Melrose, Pam Kraker (friend, Todd Duemke) of Grey Eagle, Pat Kraker of Waite Park, and Bill (Kalli) Kraker of Alexandria; and many nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Anne Kraker; nephew, Cassidy Kraker; great-nephew, Dominic Kraker; and brothers-in-law, Mike Louden and Bill Anderson.

Serving as casket bearers will be John Kraker, Mike Kraker, Bob Kraker, Don Kraker, Chuck Kraker, Pat Kraker, and Bill Kraker. Cross bearer will be Jean Anderson and scripture bearer will be Pam Kraker.

Jimmy K. Loves You.


Condolence & Memory Journal

My deepest sympathy, so sorry for your lost.

Posted by Anna Blenker - Melrose, MN - Family Friend   June 19, 2018

My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Jim was a classmate of mine. His death brought back memories of the good old days when all of us had so much fun. A life taken too early.
Judy (Heinen) Servatius

Posted by Judy Servatius - Long Prairie, MN   June 16, 2018

Our sincere thoughts and prays go with you and the family. jim was so good to my husband and I for our insurance we are still with the company.... Take care sincerely Ronald & Karen Altendahl/Melrose Mn.

Posted by Ronald and Karen Altendahl Altendahl - MELROSE, MN - Acquaintance   June 15, 2018

Thoughts and prayers to the entire Kraker family.

Posted by Glenn and Doris Winter - Melrose, MN - Friend   June 13, 2018

Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.

Posted by Dale Schreifels - Ramsey,, MN - Friend   June 13, 2018

Our thoughts and prayers are with your families at this difficult time. May you find comfort in each other and the Lord.

Posted by Robert and Joyce Hens - Melrose, MN   June 12, 2018

So so sorry to hear of this dear Kraker family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. RIP "Chip".
Marne Kennedy Warnack

Posted by Marne Warnack - Ft.Myers, FL - Friend   June 12, 2018

Sorry to hear of Jim's passing. You are in my prayers. Quincy

Posted by Quincy Stroeing - Minneapolis, MN   June 12, 2018

Thoughts and prayers to each of you at this very sad time. Jim was a classmate of mine and a wonderful guy to visit with when we happened to see each other in the area. Gods blessings.
Joan (Zirbes) Voigt.

Posted by Joan Voigt - Alexandria, MN - Friend   June 12, 2018

Am praying for you and your family

Posted by Carol Duemke - Family   June 12, 2018

Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayer are with you.

Posted by Shar and Dan Goihl    June 11, 2018

Jim was a classmate of mine. Keeping Jim and his family in our prayers.
So very sorry for your loss.

Posted by Joann Schuler (Faber) - Mead, CO - Classmate   June 11, 2018

Jane and Ashley Our Deepest Sympathy in the loss of your husband and father. Ben and I will miss Jim he is a guy that would give you the shirt off his back. I can still hear him saying when he would say good by Jimmy loves you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Hugs

Posted by Ben and Mary Petermeier - Grey Eagle, MN - Friend   June 11, 2018

My thoughts and prayers are with the family. God give you the grace and peace to carry you through.

Posted by Arlene Bowman - Sauk Centre, MN - Acquaintance   June 11, 2018

So sorry for your loss. The Poepping family have very good memories of Jim. Prayers are with you all.

Posted by Sandy Cruzen - Green Cove Springs, FL - Family   June 11, 2018

Rest in peace Jim.

Posted by Pam Dougherty - Sauk Centre, MN - Family Friend   June 11, 2018

Rest in peace Jim.

Posted by Pam Dougherty - Sauk Centre, MN - Family Friend   June 11, 2018

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