Douglas Robert Croft, 88, of Belle Plaine, passed away Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at Rose Haven Nursing Home in Marengo.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 2, at Hrabak-Neuhaus Funeral Service in Belle Plaine with Pastor Charles Johnson officiating. Burial will take place at Koszta Cemetery, Koszta, with military honors.
Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, May 1, at Hrabak-Neuhaus Funeral Service and will continue one hour before the service on Tuesday.
Memorials may be made to the family.
Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.hrabakfuneralhome.com.
Doug was born April 24, 1929, to Scott W. and Bessie (Wall) Croft on the family farm south of Belle Plaine. He attended Honey Creek No. 10 through the eighth grade and graduated from Belle Plaine High School in 1948. After graduation, he farmed with his dad until he was drafted to serve in the Korean War. He served in the U.S. Army at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska, from May 1951 until March 1953. After returning home, he continued to farm with his father and eventually took over the farming operation until his retirement in 1998.
Doug was a longtime member of American Legion Post 39 in Belle Plaine and Koszta Methodist Church.
He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, hunting, trapping, bowling, and playing the fiddle and harmonica. In his later years, you could find him going to local bluegrass music gatherings and spending time at the Lincoln Cafe.
Doug will be remembered for his quick wit and humor.
Doug is survived by nieces and nephews, Deborah Croft of Grand Island, Neb., Randy (Kris) Croft of Springville, Diane (Bill) Weber of Holiday Lake, Denise (Larry) Weeda of Belle Plaine and Scott (Julie) Croft of Belle Plaine; sister-in-law, Joan Croft of Belle Plaine; many great- and great-great-nieces and nephews; and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Scott Jr., in 1997.