SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2019
VISITATION: 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
FUNERAL SERVICE: 4:30 p.m.
PLEASE MEET AT ST. JOHN’S LUTHERAN CHURCH, 39506 – 60TH STREET, SLADES CORNERS, WI
Memorials in place of flowers to Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, WI
Thomas G. Kraus, 88, passed away on November 17, at the Hospice House in Pleasant Prairie, WI. He was the son of George J. Kraus and Linda (Voelzke) Kraus. He was educated in the Wauwatosa public school system, was a graduate of Northwestern College and Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. In 1958 he was married to Lois Jean Petrus at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wauwatosa, WI. He was a pastor in Toledo, OH a Professor of Church History at Wisconsin Lutheran High School and Milwaukee Lutheran Teachers College and Pastor at Epiphany Lutheran Church, Racine, WI. He retired in 1996 and served pastoral vacancies in Elkhorn, WI, Marietta, WI, Syracuse, NY, Columbus, OH, New Carlisle, OH, Strongsville, OH, Grass Lake, MI, and Friedens, Kenosha, WI in 2007 and 2017. He also served as a civilian chaplain in Germany during 2001-2004. He served two terms as a Trustee of the Village of Paddock Lake. He was the former chairman of the Citizens Advisory Committee of Racine School District #1, former president and treasurer of the Hoy Nature Club, vice chairman of Colonial Park Council and former Chairman of the Southeastern Wisconsin District Special Ministries Committee.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Lois.
He is survived by seven children; Miriam (Dale) Brege of Grangeville, ID, Andrew (Constance) Kraus of Gays Mills, WI, George Kraus of Wauwatosa, WI, Phillip (Annette) Kraus of Kenosha, WI, Amy (Brian) Eckblad of Grand Blanc, MI, Kari (Sara) Kraus of Laguna Niguel, CA, and Karl (Colleen) Kraus of Basking Ridge, NJ, eight grandchildren; Shawn Kraus, Leah Schurman, Alex Kraus, Zachary Eckblad, Rachel Eckblad, Rebecca Eckblad, Shannon Kraus, Sheridan Kraus, and two great-grandchildren Ethan Schurman, Noah Schurman.