Funeral services for Wallace Eugene Kraft, 96, Lawrence, KS will be held 10 a.m., Saturday, January 28, 2012 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. Graveside services will follow at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Paola Cemetery in Paola, KS. He died January 23, 2012 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Wallace was born on April 26, 1915 in Vassar, KS the son of Albert H. and Martha C. (Kersten) Kraft. He was a graduate of Baldwin High School in Baldwin City, KS and the University of Kansas, School of Business.
Wallace served his country in the United States Army as a Captain in the medical corps during World War II
He had worked for many years for William Volker and Company in Kansas City, MO. He went on to be an independent sales agent until he retired in 1987.
Wallace was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Lawrence.
He married Jimmie L. Utley on May 7, 1943 in Strawn, TX. She preceded him in death March 13, 2011.
Survivors include six sons, Dr. Wallace E. (wife, Jeannie) Kraft, of Paris, TX, Phillip T. Kraft, of Lawrence, KS, Dr. James N. (wife, Christine) Kraft, of Lawrence, KS, John C. (wife, Robin) Kraft, of Wichita, KS, David H. (wife, Yu Hong) Kraft, of Issaquah, WA, and Jeffrey A. Kraft, of Los Angeles, CA; eleven grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.
The family will greet friends following the service at the mortuary.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to First United Methodist Church in Lawrence and may be sent in care of the mortuary.
To All of My Extended Family,
My condolences to all of you. Uncle Wally was truly special. He always enjoyed life and his family, and I will forever miss him and Aunt Jimmie. My most special times growing up were being at their house during Easter and summer vacations and playing with my cousins. They both were always there for me during my college and young adult years. I remember fondly living with them in the fall of 1980. I am unable to fly to Kansas for the services, but my thoughts and prayers will be with you all.
All My Love,
Jeff & David, I’m so sorry to hear about your Dad. Thinking of you, Laura
To John and his family and brothers, our condolences to all of you. Our thoughts and prayers will be with all of you! Mick & Lynette
Wally was a great guy and raised a bunch of great boys, especially my buddies Phil & David. Thinking about you guys. Sincerely Bob Moore
Love to each of the family, with special prayers for Jim and Christine Kraft. Walley filled our thoughts with specioal memories as a dear friend and fellow veteran of Carls. Sincere Sympathy
My family will always remember Mr. Wally Kraft for his kindness, his ready smile, strong love of his family and the strength of his character. Blessed be his memory.
~Much love to all those he loved, Opal Long
My thoughts and prayers are with all the family. I worked for Wally II in Paris, Texas for many years and always looked forward to the visits from his parents. They treated me like I was part of the family….a family anyone would be proud to be a part of.