Col. Robert H. Kranich USA Ret. (1913 - 2014)

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Col. Robert H. Kranich, (US Army Ret) 100, dies, Winchester, VA.

Foreign Service Officer, Conservationist, Outdoors Columnist.

A Celebration of Life service for Col. Robert H. Kranich will be conducted at 2:00 P.M Friday, June 20, 2014 at Stover Memorial Chapel, 177 N. Holliday Street, Strasburg, VA 22657. Col. Kranich will be fittingly laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors at a later date.

Born in Bucyrus, Ohio in 1913 to William and Bertha Kranich, Bob received his BA from Heidelberg College in 1934, and attended the University of Chicago from 1935 until 1937. He was a teacher with the Chicago Board of Education 1938-1939, and held various other positions until he joined the Army. In 1941 he married Chloris Coates in Chicago, Illinois.

From 1943-46 he served with the US Army and from 1946-48, he served as Captain, and International Aid Officer for the Department of the Army. He was the Vice President and then President of an export-import firm from 1948-1950 when he also served as a Consultant to the Department of Agriculture. He became Foreign Affairs Officer (GS-14), for the Department of State on July 12, 1950, and achieved the rank of GS-15 on June 20, 1954. Foreign Affairs Officer in the Office of European Regional Affairs, Department of State, after July 1950; Appointed Officer in Charge of North Atlantic Treaty Economic and Military Assistance in the office of European Regional Affairs in August 1954. In 1955 he worked as Advisor to then Secretary of State John Foster Dulles.
Prior to graduating from the National War College on August 12, 1956, Robert had reached the rank of FSO-3. His first overseas post was as First Secretary, then International Relations Officer in Bonn, Germany, from 1957 until 1961. Bob achieved the rank of FSO-2 on February 28, 1963 when he was detailed to the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency in the Department of State and was appointed to the post of Supervisor of The Foreign Affairs Office on April 25, 1965. He was made Chief Political Officer of the Division on November 21, 1965. He was named ACDA/IR, Political Affairs Division Chief, 1969.

In 1969, until approximately 1977, Bob Kranich acted as the Political Advisor to USAFE in Wiesbaden, Germany. There, in his last post he served as POLAD to General David C. Jones, who became Chief of Staff of the Air Force in July of 1974.

Jones was then commander of the Fourth Allied Tactical Air Force. Bob Kranichás experience in the inception of NATO was instrumental and he became part of Jones' international planning team. Jones went on to take on the post as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President Carter.

In 1965, Bob and his brother Jim, purchased a large farm in Strasburg, VA, where Bob moved with his wife, Chloris. After his retirement from the Foreign Service, Bob designed and constructed (with an engineering consultant) one of the first solar-powered homes in Northern Virginia and in 1988, co-founded The Friends of The North Fork of The Shenandoah River. In 1990, he founded Job Opportunities Boost Shenandoah, a local volunteer agency that attempted to link job seekers with employers. He was a founder of Cedar Creek Fish & Chowder Society. He was also a contributor to the Free Press, writing environmental and political columns under the pen name of "B. Cyrus Kidd." Bob was also devoted to his poker parties.

Bob Kranich served 24 years in the State Department overall, 16 of those years in Political-Military field. He served four years in ACDA, four years in 2Core - including SALT, Non-Proliferation Treaty and MBFR. A Retired Army Colonel, he served 26 years in the Military, 23 of those in the Army Reserve.

For the last several years of his life, Bob was a resident of Westminster Canterbury, in Winchester, VA, along with his wife Roberta Hinkins Kranich.

Bob was predeceased by his first wife, Chloris (72), his daughter, Chloris, (19) and his son, William, (50).

Bob is survived by his daughter, Robin, and his wife of ten years, Roberta Hinkins Kranich, and her son George Hinkins, III. He is also survived by his step-daughter, Nicki Furlan de Medici, the daughter of his wife of two years, Mary Furlan Kranich, and her two daughters, Laura Bentley and Marina de Medici; his sister-in-law Gloria Kranich; his nephew James Kranich, Jr, and nieces Christy Kane and Frances Ellen Kranich and their families.

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Col. Robert H. Kranich is in the entrusted care of Stover Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., 177 N. Holliday Street, Strasburg, Virginia 22657.

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Published in Northern Virginia Daily on June 5, 2014
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