Henry Kraus, 100
Submitted by Gayle M. Garrett
Henry Kraus was born July 30, 1909, in rural Rush County, KS, to the late
William and Eva Elizabeth (Schwartzkopf) Kraus, Sr. He passed away in the Trego
County Lemke Memorial Hospital Saturday May 22, 2010, in WaKeeney, KS at the age
He attended schools in rural Trego County as a young child. He started flight
training in Wichita during the Great Depression and earned a student pilot’s
license, but later had to return to help on the farm during the Dust Bowl
On October 30, 1932, Henry was united in marriage to Hermine 'Minnie’ Fabrizius
in the Zion Lutheran Church. Minnie passed away March 29, 2005. Henry entered
long term care in December of 2009, but prior to that, was lovingly cared for in
his home for many years by his son, Don.
Henry was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church at Trego Center. He enjoyed
playing cards with family and friends, and was known to read the newspaper from
cover to cover. In earlier years, Henry and Minnie loved to travel to Las Vegas
and also made many trips to visit family in Texas.
Henry is survived by a daughter, Ruth Cannon and husband, Jay; five
grandchildren, David Kraus and wife, Ashley, Valerie Reyno and husband, Jeff,
Steve Kraus, Bryce Cannon and wife, Beth, Sharla McAmis and husband, Joe; four
great-grandchildren, Michael and Victoria Kraus, Kamryn and Cole Cannon; and a
sister Esther Deines.
Those preceding him in death were his wife, Minnie; a son, Donald Kraus; a
brother, William Kraus, Jr.; and two sisters, Lydia Fabrizius and Pauline
A memorial service for Henry will be held 10:00 AM Monday, June 7, 2010, in
Schmitt Funeral Home at WaKeeney, KS with Pastor Jon Anderson officiating.
Inurnment is in the WaKeeney City