White Funeral and Cremation Service

3660 Express Drive, Shallotte, NC


Jim Kraut

October 4, 1941January 24, 2020

James “Jim” Edward Kraut of Calabash, NC, - formerly of Berlin, CT, - passed away suddenly on January 24, 2020. He is survived by his devoted wife of 51 years, Judith “Judy” (Devokaitis) Kraut, and his son, Kenneth Kraut, of New Britain, CT. He also leaves behind, - his Brother Charles Kraut and his sister-in-law Diane, of Berlin, CT, – his sister, Nan Doyle, of New Britain, CT, and - many nieces and nephews. Jim was a graduate of Saint Thomas Aquinas High School in New Britain, CT and Saint Michael’s College in Winooski, VT.

Jim was predeceased by his parents, Charles and Kathryn (Lynch) Kraut, and his brother-in-law, James Doyle. Jim retired from the Hartford Insurance Group where he spent 25 years as a corporate trainer. He was an active member in the community, and belonged to the Berlin Lions Club, - the Italian Political Club, and – the Polish Political Club, where he served as a Permittee for many years. When he and Judy moved to Calabash, NC in 2010, Jim became active in the Calabash VFW Club (Veterans of Foreign Wars), and the local Elks’ Lodge. Jim was a die-hard NY Giants Football fan, along with being a fan of NASCAR and the UCONN (University of Connecticut) “Huskies” woman’s basketball team.

Sporting his trademark “Retro-Style, White, Handlebar Moustache,” everyone new Jim as a “Great Guy,” – one who touched many lives, and – one who happily went along with the many antics of his wife Judy.

Funeral services will be ten o’clock in the morning at Saint Brendan’s Catholic Church in Shallotte, NC on February 10, 2020. A Celebration of Life will also be held in Berlin, CT in the spring.

Jim’s great sense of humor, smile, and kindness, is a great legacy of the wonderful person he was. We will miss him more than words can say.

You may offer online condolences at www.shallottefunerals.com

White Funeral and Cremation Service, Shallotte.


  • Funeral Service Monday, February 10, 2020


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Rob Greenough

February 7, 2020

The Kraut family is my second family. Mr Kraut has played many roles in my life. He has supported me, yelled at me, comforted me and most of all accepted me. I will truly miss him and cherish our time together.

Susan Browne

February 5, 2020

I worked with Jim at The Hartford Insurance Co. for a number of years. I enjoyed anytime I worked with him in the office as well as on the golf course at Pine Valley. We made it a definite date to play in the Polish American club's golf tournaments at Southington Country Club. He will definitely be missed by all who knew him.
Sue Browne

Val Dumais

February 4, 2020

Judy and Ken:
We send you our deepest sympathy on the passing of Jim. He was a Great Guy. We miss his great Kentucky Derby parties. He was a fun loving and exceptionally caring man. He will be missed by all who knew him. All our love and condolences.
Val & Sue

Peter Dumais

February 4, 2020

Judy and Ken,

I was saddened to hear that Jim (Dad) has passed away. My thoughts are with you and your family. I have very great memories of Jim from our family get togethers and working with Jim at the Hartford. Jim was a great man and will be greatly missed. Our family is keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Love ,

Peter Dumais

Eileen Claffey

February 4, 2020

Jim was one of my favorite co-workers at the Hartford. He was a great friend and trainer. Judy, my condolences and prayers go out to you and your family.
Eileen Claffey

Kurt Johnson

February 2, 2020

Jim was a childhood friend of mine many years ago. We used to call him Jimbo at that time. I was saddened to hear of his passing. These were years in the 1940's just after the war was over. He had a wonderful family. His dad took us to my first automobile race at Cherry Park! I have loved cars ever since, and remember his brother had a 1939 Ford four door convertible. If my memory serves me correctly his mom worked at Pratt & Whitney and during the war was an original Rosey the riveter! Many fun times. Again, I am very sorry to hear of Jim's passing.
Kurt Johnson

Colleen Grenier

January 31, 2020

I am so saddened to hear of Jim's passing. I worked with Jim for many years at The Hartford. He was such a wonderful man, always made you smile, encouraged learning and doing your best. Back in those days, we were small, close knit and growing fast. Jim trained just about all of us in on capacity or another. He will never be forgotten and will always be remembered for such a kind and special man! Truly one of kind!
My condolences to Judy and the entire family.

Karen King

January 31, 2020

Judy and Ken,

So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. I like many had the pleasure of working with Jim at The Hartford. The greater pleasure was enjoying Jim’s company outside of work, at Pine Valley golfing (although I think the gang spent more time in the bar after golf than on the course), at the Kielbasa Open, and the Berlin Fair. If you wanted a good laugh or a smile, Jim was who you wanted to be with. Cherish all the wonderful memories of a life well lived. Karen

Joe & Rita Sheehan

January 31, 2020

Joe and I want to extend our deepest sympathy to Judy and family.
We will miss this wonderful man and his smiley mustache. Our thoughts and prayers remain with Judy and family.
He will truly be missed. Love to all, Rita and Joe

Dori and David Dyer

January 30, 2020

Dave and I send our thoughts and prayers to you and your family during this difficult time. Jim was a great guy and we were lucky enough to have known him!

Dave & Dori Dyer