Obituary photo of Rev.+William Kraus%2c+Jr., Topeka-Kansas
In Loving Memory of

Rev. William E. Kraus, Jr.

1946 - 2018
Obituary photo of Rev.+William Kraus%2c+Jr., Topeka-Kansas
In Loving Memory of

Rev. William E. Kraus, Jr.

1946 - 2018

Services & Gatherings

Services & Gatherings

Visitation:
Monday, May 14, 2018 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Wanamaker Woods Church of the Nazarene, 3501 SW Wanamaker Road, Topeka
Service:
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 10:00am
Wanamaker Woods Church of the Nazarene, 3501 SW Wanamaker Road, Topeka
Reverend William “Bill” Edward Kraus, Jr., 72, Topeka, passed away Saturday, May 5, 2018.

He was born March 19, 1946, in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of William, Sr. and Dorothy (Cadnum) Kraus.
In his early teens, Bill moved with his family to Claremont, NH where he met his future wife while attending Stevens High School. They were married on June 16, 1968.

Bill graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1968 with a B.A. in Psychology. He received his Master of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological Seminary.

Bill’s first full-time parish was in Newell, South Dakota. In 1979, he moved with his family to pastor in Kiowa, Kansas, settling in Topeka, Kansas in 1983, to pastor at Seaman Congregational UCC Church. Most recently, Bill was the pastor at Carbondale Community UCC, where he retired on November 12, 2017.

He was a member of First Congregational Church, Santa Fe Singers, Shawnee Choral Society, and Phi Beta Kappa.

Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Heidi and Todd Staerkel of Topeka; son, Steven Kraus of Overland Park, KS; his brother and sister-in-law, David and Jackie Kraus of Cornelius, NC; nephew Michael Kraus of Blacksburg, VA and niece and her husband, Meagan and Michael Donohoe of Charlottesville, VA.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Susan and a still-born daughter, Amy.

Bill and Susan loved to travel both in this country and to a number of places around the world. They particularly enjoyed cruising. He also enjoyed vegetable gardening and attending concerts such as Kiss, Iron Maiden and Aerosmith with his son -- a fact he delighted in revealing to surprised parishioners and co-workers. Bill spent 24 years driving school bus for Seaman USD 345, enjoying his students and the people he worked for and with.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at Wanamaker Woods Church of the Nazarene, 3501 SW Wanamaker Road, Topeka. Interment will follow at Rochester Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Monday at the church.

Parker-Price Cremations, Funerals & Receptions is assisting the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to Habitat for Humanity, 121 NE Gordon St., Topeka, KS 66608 or Carbondale Community UCC, 104 S 4th St., Carbondale, KS 66414.

To share a memory of Bill or leave a special message for his family, please click the Share Memories button above.
Reverend William “Bill” Edward Kraus, Jr., 72, Topeka, passed away Saturday, May 5, 2018.

He was born March 19, 1946, in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of William, Sr. and Dorothy (Cadnum) Kraus.
In his early teens, Bill moved with his family to Claremont, NH where he met his future wife while attending Stevens High School. They were married on June 16, 1968.

Bill graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1968 with a B.A. in Psychology. He received his Master of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological Seminary.

Bill’s first full-time parish was in Newell, South Dakota. In 1979, he moved with his family to pastor in Kiowa, Kansas, settling in Topeka, Kansas in 1983, to pastor at Seaman Congregational UCC Church. Most recently, Bill was the pastor at Carbondale Community UCC, where he retired on November 12, 2017.

He was a member of First Congregational Church, Santa Fe Singers, Shawnee Choral Society, and Phi Beta Kappa.

Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Heidi and Todd Staerkel of Topeka; son, Steven Kraus of Overland Park, KS; his brother and sister-in-law, David and Jackie Kraus of Cornelius, NC; nephew Michael Kraus of Blacksburg, VA and niece and her husband, Meagan and Michael Donohoe of Charlottesville, VA.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Susan and a still-born daughter, Amy.

Bill and Susan loved to travel both in this country and to a number of places around the world. They particularly enjoyed cruising. He also enjoyed vegetable gardening and attending concerts such as Kiss, Iron Maiden and Aerosmith with his son -- a fact he delighted in revealing to surprised parishioners and co-workers. Bill spent 24 years driving school bus for Seaman USD 345, enjoying his students and the people he worked for and with.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at Wanamaker Woods Church of the Nazarene, 3501 SW Wanamaker Road, Topeka. Interment will follow at Rochester Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Monday at the church.

Parker-Price Cremations, Funerals & Receptions is assisting the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to Habitat for Humanity, 121 NE Gordon St., Topeka, KS 66608 or Carbondale Community UCC, 104 S 4th St., Carbondale, KS 66414.

To share a memory of Bill or leave a special message for his family, please click the Share Memories button above.
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Services & Gatherings

Services & Gatherings

Visitation:
Monday, May 14, 2018 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Wanamaker Woods Church of the Nazarene, 3501 SW Wanamaker Road, Topeka
Service:
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 10:00am
Wanamaker Woods Church of the Nazarene, 3501 SW Wanamaker Road, Topeka

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