Eugene R. ‘Gene’ Kraus

March 17, 1922 - Aug. 15, 2009

Eugene R. "Gene" Kraus, a resident of Waukesha, surrounded by his family, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009, at the age of 87. Gene was born March 17, 1922, the son of Joseph and Elizabeth Kraus.

He was a longtime member of St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, where he served as a Sunday school superintendent. Gene was employed by International Harvester for more than 40 years and he was active in the United Steel Workers of America Local 3740 union. He was known for his involvement in the community as he served on the Waukesha County Board for 20 years. He was also an appointed Waukesha alderman. Gene actively worked on the city panels on the appeals board, was appointed to the common council and to the sign review boards. In 2005, Gene was presented a key to the city for diligently serving on city boards and commissions for 46 years. Gene enjoyed woodworking, photography and his five beautiful daughters. His greatest joy was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Gene will be dearly missed by the love of his life, his wife of 64 years, Marian; daughters, Kathryn (David) Halterman, Karen (Joseph) Kokan, Karla (Robert) Hanson, Kay (Marc) Bourgeois and Kamille (Albert) Wilkinson; grandchildren, Beth, Jami, Sarah, Marc Jr. (Kristin), Anastasia (Gabe), Nate, Joshua, Benjamin, Jeremiah, Emma, Dominique, Jacob, Philippe and Gabriel; great-grandchildren, Isabella, Hunter, Hailey, Lilianna, Ari and Madeline; and sisters-in-law, Ruth Flath, Ruby Kraus and Yvonne Flath. Eugene is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Elvira Streich; parents; brothers, Wallace and Harold; and sisters, Leona and Isabel.

Visitation will be held from noon until the 2 p.m. funeral service today, Aug. 20, at St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 424 Hyde Park Ave., Waukesha. The Rev. Jim Holmberg will be officiating.

Memorials to the family are appreciated to be donated to a charity of their choice at a later date.

Gene’s family would like to extend a special thank you to Kitty for the exceptional care shown to Gene throughout the last several months. Without Kitty’s love and support, many family events would not have been possible.

Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Preplanning Services is serving the family. For further information, call 542-6609, or for an online obituary, directions or to leave a condolence, visit www.waukeshasfuneralhome.com.