Rev. Richard T. Kraus

May 26, 1927November 14, 2020

Rev. Richard T. Kraus, 93, of Fort Wayne, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at Lutheran Life Villages. He was born May 26, 1927 in Auburn, Indiana. After receiving a Master’s degree in theology from Hammah Seminary in Springfield, Ohio, Richard served as a Pastor for churches in Whitestown, Crawfordsville, Portland, and at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church on Warsaw Street in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In retirement he also served part time in Elwood and Auburn, Indiana his hometown. He was a member of Gethsemane Lutheran Church. Richard enjoyed going to the lake and especially visiting the beaches of New Jersey Shore. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Joan Kraus; son, John (Janet) Kraus; daughter, Ann McBride; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by one brother; and two sisters. A private graveside service will be held at Concordia Gardens. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorial Contributions can be made to Gethsemane Lutheran Church.


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Vivien Turner Patterson

November 22, 2020

My prayers are with your family..
I have a lot of wonderful memories. He will truly be missed.

Luann Davidson

November 20, 2020

Our hearts are full of joy that our beloved P.K. has entered the Kingdom Triumphant! There was never a more deserving shepherd and servant. We hold close to our hearts the beloved St. Luke's family and Pastor's relentless shepherding gift. He introduced us to a living, energized faith and a merciful Jesus and there was no looking back. One of the greatest gifts he gave was his ability to ask the "hard questions" that required soul searching. I've leaned on his example throughout my life, having learned from P.K. that there is honor in doing the hard things. My wish for all people in this Christian walk is that they have a Pastor Kraus in their lives: a person of great faith who laughs, reconciles, points others only to Jesus, and challenges the status quo. My heartfelt love to Joan and the Kraus family for sharing this man with us. Until we are joined on the other side, we'll keep moving on, feet planted firmly in his faithful preaching of the Micah 6:8 journey.

Luann (Stephenson) and Jack Davidson

janet stephenson

November 19, 2020

Todd and I send our love and deepest sympathies to Joan, Anne and John and the entire family of loved ones. We represent the Stephenson and Dibert families who were members of St Luke's in the glory years of the church and recall PK and Joan frequently and always with great respect and fondness. Truly, Pastor was a key mentor in nurturing our spiritual growth during our youth. Pastor was quite the encourager. I never had a conversation with him that I didn't feel encouraged and rarely that he didn't offer that glint in the eyes, the biggest of grins and a full body chuckle.
I have a church key from the years I was involved in youth group. I kept that key and shared with Pastor how much his trust and encouragement meant to us. He wouldn't let me return the key. We are grateful to have loved and been loved by our dear Pastor Kraus . Peace be with you all.

Richard Hamm

November 18, 2020

As a pastor in Ft. Wayne 1982-1990 at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), I very much enjoyed working with Pastor Kraus. He was a kind man with an ecumenical spirit. May his family find comfort in the knowledge that he was an effective pastor and delightful colleague.

John Foell

November 17, 2020

Pastor Kraus was one of our favourite pastors and people. He was of the "old school" when it came to the church service (he once accidentally dropped a chalice of wine and was so unnerved that he literally couldn't speak for a bit). When it came to counseling and teaching he was one of the most caring and kind men, let alone pastors, we have ever met. We will always have the fondest memories of one of the best of God's shepards.

John and Jane Foell

Shirley Marsh

November 17, 2020

I worked with Pastor Kraus at St. Mark's Lutheran Church when he was our interim pastor. What a joy and pleasure it was to have had the opportunity to work with him! His smiling countenance and dry humor always brought a bright light into the office. He guided our church through a difficult time with dignity, understanding and a truly Christian philosophy. I always felt his love for all of us.
Also, to Joan, thank you for sharing him with us for so many years.

With sincere thankfulness for having known such a Christian,
Shirley Marsh

Randy & Cyndi Jackemeyer

November 16, 2020

Dear Joan,
Cyndi and I were blessed each Sunday that we got to see the Kraus’s in worship at Gethsemane. Pastor Kraus lit up the narthex with his smile every time he walked in. We are very fortunate to have known you both for a very long time and know that he is now at peace with his Lord. Much love to you and your family.
The Jackemeyer’s

Brad lucas

November 16, 2020

I thought about Pastor Kraus recently when my wife and I paid off our house earlier this month. At St. Luke's Pastor Kraus held a "mortgage burning" ceremony when the church paid off the new roof. This was the only time I witnessed an actual mortgage (or at least several sheets of folded piece of paper) being burned. In good humor, I described Pastor Kraus to my wife with a declaration, "that is how a mortgage should be retired!" As my Catechism teacher and one of the first major figures in my Christian life, I will always be grateful for his kindness and service. I have often found my attitudes and actions often reflect the grand people I have known in my younger years. One of those grand individuals was Pastor Kraus. My sincere condolences to the family.

Marsha Bragg

November 16, 2020

Dear Joan and family,
So very sorry to hear of Pastor's passing. Words can't express what he meant to me. Like family. So many good and special times. Remember when St. Luke's sent you two to the Holy Lands. Such a joy to make that happen and keep it secret. He wasn't easy to surprise--unless in these later years when I would show up unannounced at your door.
Know I'm here if there is anything I can do for you. Joan, I will continue to stop in when in Ft. Wayne.
Much Love,
Marsha Bragg

Janis Sproat

November 16, 2020

Many memories at St Marks Auburn. Always concerned about others, he wanted to know if it was a good idea for me to purchase an above ground pool right after my husband passed. I explained even if we only enjoyed it for a few years, it was what my girl’s father would have wanted. When I remarried he wasn’t sure about a Lutheran (me) and a Old Testament Missionary (husband) were going to make it at a Lutheran church. lol Yes my husband and I have had some heavy discussions. Hugs and prayers Joann and family.


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