Keith Gerard Kraft, of Houston, Texas, passed away on February 8, 2017, in Anacortes. Keith was born to Harvey Gundersen Kraft and June Carolyn Dinkgrave Kraft in Detroit, Michigan on Dec. 29, 1957. After growing up in Detroit, Keith attended Michigan Tech, majoring in chemical engineering. His career with Texaco Refining brought him to Anacortes in 1985, where he worked at the Texaco (now Shell) Refinery for 20 years. After marrying the love of his life, Roxan Robinson Kraft, in 2000, Keith and Roxan lived in the Skagit Valley, Baton Rouge, and Houston, both working for Shell.
Keith was a consummate athlete and outdoorsman. Whatever he did, he did with passion, determination and skill. As an avid mountaineer, Keith climbed many NW peaks as well as Mt. Denali and enjoyed traveling to Banff, Alberta, to go ice climbing. He was an ardent member of the Skagit Alpine Club for many years. Partnering with Roxan transformed Keith into a horseman, a role he took on with his usual gusto. Keith became an accomplished rider, taking his new interest to a competitive level and winning his own collection of prized belt buckles. Additionally, Keith was a bicyclist, excelling both on the road and on the trails. He raced road and mountain bikes, taking 3rd in the Senior Olympics. He logged many bicycle miles with Roxan, in Texas, Europe, and, of course, NW Washington. Keith enjoyed coming home from Texas to Anacortes to mountain bike the forestland trails he loved.
Keith is survived by his wife, Roxan Robinson Kraft; mother-in-law, Kathleen Robinson of Anacortes; brother-in-law, Ray Robinson of Anacortes; sister-in-law, Carrie Robinson of Oak Harbor; sister, Sheryl Hoffman, brother-in-law Dave Hoffman, of Las Vegas, NV; and nephews Mike Hoffman and Jon Hoffman of Atlanta, GA and Steve Hoffman, wife Megan and daughter Josie of Lafayette, CO. Keith was preceded in death by his parents, Harvey Gundersen Kraft and June Carolyn Kraft. Keith will be sorely missed by the peloton of riders who knew him well, as well as his many friends and family.
A Memorial Service and reception will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 22nd at 2:00 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1300 9th St. in Anacortes. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Keith’s name to the Friends of the Anacortes Community Forestlands (http://friendsoftheacfl.org/). Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel & Crematory, Inc., Anacortes, WA and the San Juan Islands. To share a memory of Keith, please sign our online guest register at www.evanschapel.com.