Eugene G. Kraus

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Eugene Gustav Kraus, 91, of Garnavillo, was called to his heavenly home on Monday, Sept. 7, 2015, after a short illness.

Visitation was Wednesday, Sept. 9, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Garnavillo and before services at the church.

Funeral services were Thursday, Sept. 10, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, conducted by Rev. Gary Hatcher.

Interment was at Ceres Cemetery, Guttenberg.

Eugene was born Nov. 10, 1923, in Garnavillo Township, Clayton County to August and Irene (Herchert) Kraus. He attended school in the Clayton County country school system and then farmed for his father. He served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II in the European Theater Occupation Force in Germany. He was married on Sept. 19, 1951, to Ivanelle Backes in St. John’s Lutheran Church in Guttenberg. He and his wife farmed near Garnavillo and raised their family. He later worked for Rhomberg Implement, Fred Carlson Construction, and was a school bus driver for over 16 years for the Garnavillo Community Schools. He and his wife moved to Garnavillo in 1980.

Eugene was baptized and confirmed in the St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church of Garnavillo, and was an active member all his life. He served as a council member and in the Brotherhood. He was a member of the Clay-Gar American Legion Post #723 and served as post commander. He enjoyed woodworking, reading, World War II history, and spending time with family and friends. He enjoyed, with his wife, being Sr. King and Queen in the 2015 Garnavillo July 4th Parade.

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife Ivanelle of Garnavillo; his children, Linda (Frayne) Wiskus of Hettinger, N.D., LuAnn (Rev. Mark) Urlaub of Vinton, and Rollyn Kraus of Garnavillo; seven grandchildren, Brenda Wiskus (Phillip Munson) of Prairie du Chien, Wis., Joseph (Crystal) Michels of Hettinger, N.D., Christina (Brian) Wenko of Dickinson, N.D., Justin Wiskus of Hettinger, N.D., Stephen (Jen) Urlaub of Council Bluffs, Rebecca Urlaub of Omaha, Neb., and David (Ellie) Urlaub of Davenport; seven great-grandchildren, Stephanie (Andrew) Anderson of Maplewood, Minn., Joshua Wiskus (Amber Blad) of Jesup, Brynn, Ty, Cade, Kole, and Noah Michels, all of Hettinger, N.D.; three great-great-granddaughters, Autumn Wiskus of Jesup, Kensingtin and Brooklyn Dettman; and one great-great-grandson, Corbin Reade all of Prairie du Chien, Wis., (and one expected).

Mr. Kraus was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Donald Kraus, Pfc. Marvin A. Kraus, and Lincoln Kraus; and a daughter-in-law, Roseann Kraus.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are being designated to benefit St. Paul Lutheran Church, 104 S. Adams St., Garnavillo, IA 52049.

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