Sherdell “Butch” Kraft

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Sherdell “Butch” Frederick Kraft, 93, of Belleville, IL, born April 15, 1927, in Belleville, IL, died Wednesday, June 10, 2020, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Sherdell worked in the engine room at the Stag Brewery.  He was a member of the Belleville Elk’s Lodge, the Belleville Moose Lodge, the 25 Club, and the American Red Cross – 100 Pint Club.  Sherdell enjoyed various sports including softball, swimming, walking, bicycling, and belonged on numerous bowling and softball leagues.  He was an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Blues.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sylvia Kraft; his parents, Alfred and Manilla, nee Brunn, Kraft; a brother, Al Sonny Kraft; and a brother-in-law, Kenny Bruckner.

Surviving are four sons, Dr. Jerry (Enid) Weygandt, Richard (Kathy) Weygandt, Dennis (Vickie) Weygandt, and Robert (Cindy) Weygandt;
ten grandchildren, Matthew (Haley) Weygandt, Erin (Finn) Berge, Lia Weygandt, Annie Wilson, Corrine (Ron) Gritton,
Jennifer (Andy) Leach, Adam (Kelly) Weygandt, Jaime (Dan) Carmody, Sarah (Chad) Garcia, and Courtney Weygandt;
19 great-grandchildren;
a sister, Joy Bruckner;
and a sister-in-law, Ruth Kraft.

Memorials may be made to the Belleville Area Humane Society or to the St. Clair County Animal Control Center. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Funeral: Private graveside services will be held Thursday, June 18, 2020, at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.



8 Comments on Sherdell “Butch” Kraft

Jeff Santen said : Guest Report Jun 23, 2020 at 9:46 PM

I was fortunate to know Butch for over 50 years! Butch, and Sylvia always treated me like one of the frequent crowds of guys that gathered at their home to enjoy the seemingly endless supply of Stag, Black Label. Butch made Fabulous BBQ! His Ribs, and Pork Steaks were as good as it gets! But His BBQ Chicken was without a doubt the Very Best I’ve ever had in my 69 years! He was always kind, and gracious to me, and everyone for that matter. I Love , and will miss Him! He was one of the Finest Men I’ve ever known. Thanks for everything! Froggie!

  • St.Louis
  • Missouri
Diane Bruckner said : Guest Report Jun 16, 2020 at 10:49 PM

6/16/2020 Uncle Butch was a big part of my life. I have so many memories of our times down at the clubhouse and family gatherings. I remember fishing with Uncle Butchie down at the clubhouse and catching so many dogfish (trash fish ). I am deeply saddened by his passing. As cousin Sandy said, "I AM SURE IT WAS A GREAT REUNION IN HEAVEN...The clubhouse gang together again!!!! Loved him so much, Diane

  • Tacoma
  • Washington
Sandra Lewis said : Guest Report Jun 16, 2020 at 1:09 PM

Our sincere condolences from the Klee and Lewis families. I am sure it was quite the reunion when you entered heaven, Cousin Butch. May your memory be eternal. ?

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Sue Henderson said : Guest Report Jun 15, 2020 at 1:16 PM

My sympathies to you all. Esther Schiermeier and Elise McEvers often mentioned you and how much they enjoyed being with you as we visited. Elise and I still talk about the fun of years gone by. Joy, please contact me, if possible. Elise would love to know how you are doing. She would send her sympathies I know and I will try to talk to her today. We were also sorry to hear about Kenny. May you find comfort and peace in wonderful memories, as we do with our loved ones no longer with us physically. They are certainly still in our thoughts and hearts.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Jerry Juenger said : Guest Report Jun 14, 2020 at 7:55 AM

My sympathy on your loss. Butch and Sylvia were my neighbors for over 30 years when they lived on Scout Drive in Belleville. I could always count on a "Hello" from Butch and enjoyed taking their screens down and washing he windows. Rest in peace Butch say hello to Sylvia for me.

  • O' Fallon
  • IL
Mike & Kathy Reynolds said : Guest Report Jun 13, 2020 at 6:20 PM

Bob and Cindy & family so sorry for your loss! God Bless you all. Sending healing prayers to you all.

  • Millstadt
  • IL
Jack Le Chien said : Guest Report Jun 13, 2020 at 5:06 PM

Condolences from the Fuhrman family, Ed, Kathy, Nancy, and Jack Le Chien.

  • Bellevile
  • Illinois
Scott and Linda Kraft said : Guest Report Jun 12, 2020 at 7:14 AM

Uncle Butch we will miss you. Many great memories with you at the clubhouse and 25 Club. Our thoughts and prayers to the family.

  • Fairview Heights
  • Illinois

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