Frank Louis “Moose” Kraus, 86, of Edwardsville and formerly of Granite City, passed away at 11:55 p.m. Monday, April 4, 2016, at Meridian Village in Glen Carbon.
He was born Feb. 10, 1930, in Granite City, a son of the late Frank Anthony and Mildred (Piljac) Kraus. He married Joanne (Ward) Kraus on Dec. 2, 1950, in Carbondale and she survives. Frank proudly served his country with the United States Air Force. He retired as a superintendent in 1985 from the Granite City School District. He received his Bachelor degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and his Master degree from Indiana University. He began his career in education as a teacher and coach in Lawrenceville, Ill., for two years. He continued his career in the Granite City schools as a teacher, coach, principal and superintendent. Frank had a love for sports and was instrumental in developing the Granite City Sports Hall of Fame. He was a member of the Granite City Elks, Masonic Lodge No. 877, Shriners, Low Twelve and a past member of the Granite City Rotary. He and his wife enjoyed 21 years living in Ocala, Fla., after his retirement and loved fishing, hunting, golfing, traveling and camping.
In addition to his beloved wife of 65 years, he is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Jane and Richard Moore of Granite City; granddaughter, Jayla Moore of Granite City; brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Freda Kraus of Granite City; other extended family and many friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Douglas Ward Kraus.
In celebration of his life, a memorial visitation will be from 2 p.m. until time of a Masonic service and a memorial service at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 9, 2016, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. Burial will be at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon at a later date. Memorials may be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children and may be accepted at the funeral home; www.irwinchapel.com.