Grantsburg, Wis., resident George N. Croft, World War II veteran and ex-POW, died Friday, March 31, 2000, at VA Medical Center in St. Paul, Minn. He was 80.
A funeral was held April 4, 2000, at Holcomb-Henry-Boom North Chapel. Burial was at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
Mr. Croft traveled to Alaska more than 20 times to visit family. He enjoyed both open water and ice fishing, as well as hunting at the cabin he built in northern Minnesota. He also enjoyed woodworking, gardening and eating peanut M&M's at his home in Wisconsin.
"He was a great husband, father and grandpa that loved and cherished his family and friends. George was a very loving and giving man and will be missed by all who knew him," his family said.
Mr. Croft was preceded in death by his parents of Minnesota and daughter-in-law Diane M. Croft of Kenai.
Mr. Croft is survived by his wife, Lorraine; sons, Lawrence N. Croft of Kenai and David J. Croft of California; son and daughter-in-law, Stephan W. and Gale Croft of Nikiski; daughter and son-in-law, Louise J. and Ellis Miller of California; granddaughters and husbands, Tracy and Will Poppie of Washington, Tammy and Steve Glaves of Soldotna, Terri and Martin Kunz of Minnesota, Sarah and Chad Smith of Wasilla, Laura and Tony Helms of Kenai; grandson and wife, Lawrence and Lisa Croft of Homer; sister and brother-in-law, Lois and Jim Bell of Minnesota; nephew, Tom Bell; nieces, JoAnn Hayne and Kathy Bell; 12 great-grandchildren and many dear friends.
Memorials may be sent to: Holcomb-Henry-Boom North Chapel, 515 Highway 96, West Shoreview, Minn., 55126.
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