Darrell G. Kreft

Jan. 25, 1945 - May 7, 2011

Darrell G. Kreft, a 40-year resident of Waukesha, died Saturday, May 7, 2011, at Seasons Hospice at the age of 66. He was born Jan. 25, 1945, in Wisconsin Rapids, and was raised in Colgate, the son of Paul and Katie (nee Williams) Kreft.

He was a 1963 graduate of Stoughton High School. For 36 years, he worked for A.O. Smith, retiring in 2001. He was currently working at the Waukesha Recycling Center on Sentry Drive. He has been a longtime member of Ascension Lutheran Church and was very involved with the church administration and Sunday school. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army and was a member of D.J. Martin American Legion Post 8.

He will be sadly missed by his wife, Barbara (nee Bultman), whom he married Nov. 5, 1966, along with their children, Jeffery (Julie) Kreft of Allenton, Katie (Todd) Oilschlager of Rubicon and John (Adriene) Kreft of Iron Ridge. He was the dear grandfather of Ashley, Olivia, Celia and Mariah. He is further survived by his brothers, John (Karen) Neuman of Ironwood, Mich., and Richard Neuman of Wisconsin Rapids; sister, Dolores Giloy of Sussex, and her son, Mike, a very dedicated nephew in Darrell’s life; brothers-in-law, Bruce Bultman of Milwaukee, Glenn (Kathy) Bultman of Franklin, Neal (Kathy) Bultman of Florida, Roger (Kenia) Bultman of Alabama, Ralph (Mary Kay) Bultman of Brookfield, Allen (Janet) Bultman of Milwaukee, Gerald (Mary) Bultman of Waukesha, John (Linda) Bultman of Sussex and Brian (Anne) Bultman of Illinois; sisters-in-law, Lois Brown of Brown Deer, Elaine Nissen of Illinois, Carol (Tom) Tumneff of Arizona, Diane (Bob) Beck of West Bend, Debbie (Paul) Swenarski of Fredonia, Joyce Takeda of New York, Linda Wendt of Brookfield and Janet (Randy) Venne of Oconomowoc; and 65 nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at Randle-Dable Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. A second visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service Monday, May 16, at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1415 Dopp St., Waukesha. The procession will be leaving the church at 2 p.m. Monday, May 16, for the graveside services at Wisconsin Memorial Park at 2:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, The Darrell Kreft Memorial Fund has been established through any Guaranty Bank location (all checks should be made payable to Jeff Kreft).

The family would like to thank Waukesha Memorial Hospital Cancer Care Center for all the wonderful care given to Darrell.

For further information, please call Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035, or go to www.waukeshafunerals.com to leave an online tribute.