Floyd Mathew Chalcraft, 85

Floyd Mathew Chalcraft, Jr. was born on Nov. 21, 1930 in Hettinger, North Dakota to Floyd, Sr. and Iva (Williams) Chalcraft.

d8Floyd Mathew Chalcraft, Jr. was born on Nov. 21, 1930 in Hettinger, North Dakota to Floyd, Sr. and Iva (Williams) Chalcraft. He attended school in Hettinger. He married Mary Joan Halvorson on Dec. 27, 1955 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hettinger. They welcomed six children into their family over the years.

Floyd was always interested in photography and taking pictures. He started working for Olson Photography, owned by Don and Kathy Olson, about 1947. His first trip to Minneapolis, Minn. was with Don and Kathy for business, both a learning and purchasing trip.  He worked there until Don was tragically killed in a car accident. He then took over the studio until the Hettinger National Guard was activated in January 1951. Floyd then served in the Army during the Korean War.

He returned to North Dakota in 1954 and worked for Osborn Studio in Dickinson. Floyd then moved to Mankato, Minn. in 1955 where he worked for Schutte-Barnett. He headed their photography department, taking pictures for the newspaper, a catalog, and wedding pictures, as well as other types of pictures.

Floyd also worked in Miles City, Mont., owned a studio in Lemmon, S.D., and then moved back to Minnesota. In 1960, he returned to Hettinger to work for his father-in-law at Halvorson’s Super Valu. He continued his love for taking pictures, taking pictures when not doing his regular job, developing them in his darkroom at his home.

Floyd retired in 1995. He and his wife, Mary Joan, moved to Mesa, Ariz. in 2007, after visiting there for several years. Floyd was a resident of Mesa until recently when he was moved to Fargo to be close to family.

Floyd had a heart for children as he was a “child at heart” himself. He instigated many 4th of July playful family water fights demonstrating his love for fun and games. Floyd deeply loved family and the time he spent with them. Floyd was also active in his community and church. It was his generous heart that started the annual community Thanksgiving Dinner in Hettinger. He was also active in the Knights of Columbus, was a Church Eucharistic Minister, and participated in Promise Keepers events with his sons and grandsons.

Floyd enjoyed staying active and had a love for sailing and boating, camping and traveling, gardening, cooking, photography and art, skiing, sledding and ice skating. He touched many people’s lives, particularly those of his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, and will be greatly missed.

Floyd passed from this life on Thursday, Oct. 13 at the age of 85, while on hospice care with Hospice of the Red River Valley. Following his wishes, his remains were cremated, with burial at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetary along side his wife, Mary Joan.

Surviving family members include children, Mark, Gilbert, Ariz.; Larry (Lisa), Bismarck;  Cathy (Del) Kastner, Fargo; Margaret, Estes Park, Colo.; Teresa, Ft. Collins, Colo.; grandchildren, Britani (Alex) Scott, Coventry, England; Aaron Chalcraft, Gilbert, Ariz., Hollie (Angel) Hernandez , Tucson, Ariz.; Mathew Chalcraft, Cleveland, TN; Stephanie (Andy) Fuchs, Duluth, Minn.; Allison Chalcraft, Duluth, Minn.;  Eric (Leah) Kastner, Fargo; Sarah Kastner, Park River, N.D.; Chris (Kayla) Kastner, Grafton, N.D.; Rebecca (Stuart Mann) Kastner, Deerfield, Kans.; great-grand children, Leo, Milo, Benjamin, Azariah, Noah, Eli; sister, Marie Brandenburg, Polson, MT; numerous nieces and nephews; and sister-in-law Shirley Halvorson, Mott, N.D.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Joan; son, John; sister, Jeanette Loehrke, and his parents.

Funeral services and burial for Floyd Mathew Chalcraft, Jr. were held on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at the Spirit of Life Roman Catholic Church, Mandan, N.D. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to: The Family of Floyd Chalcraft, 2248 N. Floyd Drive, Mesa, AZ 85215.