Marvin Willie Kraft, Jr.

marvin kraft, jr.
Marvin Willie Kraft, Jr., born to Marvin Kraft, Sr. and Gertrude (Gertie) Oelkers Kraft in March of 1941, passed away peacefully in New Braunfels, Texas on January 19, 2023. Marvin was a lifelong farmer and rancher, taking great pride in raising high quality Polled Herefords. He was an avid hunter, scoring his prized Elk in Colorado. Marvin was known to many by his grade-school nickname of “Puffy”. He could often be found after a hard day’s work at the Trough in Barbarossa, telling tall tales to life-long friends or over a game of cards with their card group on the weekends. Marvin put great value on spending time with his family, always eager to have gatherings at his house or ranch. He is survived by the love of his life, Diane Phillippe who he was married to for 61 years, his son Jeff Kraft and wife Carrie, and his daughter Raquel Werner and husband Karl. He has 5 adult grandchildren: Meagan Hall and husband Justin, Sam Kraft and wife Erica, Paige Herzog and husband Eric, Derrick Werner, and Katie Werner, along with 7 great-grandchildren. Marvin had a great sense of humor. He often liked to brag that he married an older woman. Diane is 3 days older than him. He will be honored at a small private graveside service. A public celebration of life will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, January 26th at The Country Church, 1005 W. FM 78, Marion, Texas 78124. Marvin believed in eternal salvation through Jesus Christ (John 14:6). He was baptized at The Country Church in Marion which he and Diane have attended for many years. His favorite scriptures were those describing what eternal life in heaven will be like. His family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in his name to the Alzheimer’s Association (, Hope Hospice (, or to The Country Church in Marion (

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  1. Q: How did you meet Marvin?

    A: I met Marvin when my son, Karl, met and married his daughter, Raquel. When I would see Marvin through the years he always was happy with a big smile on his face. I loved talking with him. I know he will be deeply missed.

  2. We were so sorry to hear of Puffys passing. He was such a fun guy every time he came to the office. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  3. Sending condolences for your loss! He’s been missed at the SEGUIN Auction by Jimmy.

    Jimmy and Sharon Koepp Atzger

  4. Our sympathies to Diane and family. While our paths did not cross often you have frequently been in our thoughts as we explored family history. We share great-great-grandparents. Best regards,

    Dorothy and Edgar Oelkers

  5. Please accept my sincere sympathy and condolences.
    Trudy Kraft:
    Daughter of Kermit Kraft
    And granddaughter of Opa Rudolph And Oma Ella Kraft.

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