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James Chris Kraska, 62

James Chris Kraska, 62, of Lancaster, Minn., passed away Sunday, June 4, 2023, at Kittson Memorial Hospital in Hallock.
Jim was born on Jan. 21, 1961, in St. Louis Park, Minn., to Leo and Barb (Nielsen) Kraska. He grew up in Hopkins Minn., until the family moved home to Lancaster in 1966. Jim loved living on the farm with his brothers and sister, and he often spoke of the trouble they would get themselves into. Jim graduated from Lancaster High School in 1979. Soon after graduation, he started working at Motor Coach Industries in Pembina, N.D., where he worked for the next 29 years until his health forced him to retire.
He had three children, Chelsie, Josh, and Jordan, and spent most of his days just being a dad. Saturday morning drives around the country with his kids was a tradition for many years. Before his heart attack in 2008, Jim loved to go fishing, hunting, camping and spending time outdoors. He somehow always seemed to have caught the biggest fish even though others might have disagreed. Jim enjoyed catching up with old friends, usually over a beer, and was generally known as a happy-go-lucky kind of guy. Jim kept plenty busy playing softball and golf as well as being a member of the fire department.
He is survived by: his children, Chelsie, Josh and Jordan; his brothers, Jon (Cindy), Joe (Angel Yonke), and Butch (Deb) Kraska; his sister, Jennifer (Loren) Hagen; and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by: his parents, Leo and Barb Kraska; grandparents, John and Josephine Kraska and Rasmus and Mildred Nielsen.
Funeral services were held Monday, June 12, 2023, at 10:30 a.m. in Holy Rosary Catholic Church, rural Lancaster. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church for one hour prior to the service.
Austin Funeral Chapel, Hallock, was in charge of the arrangements. www.

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