February 8, 2013
Walter F. Kraus Jr., 85, of Cumbola, passed away Friday at Seton Manor, Orwigsburg.
Born in Cumbola, Nov. 9, 1927, he was a son of the late Walter A. Sr. and Anna T. Urban Krouse.
He was a 1945 graduate and class treasurer of the former Blythe Township High School, New Philadelphia, and attended two years at Penn State University
He enlisted in the Navy and served on board the battleship USS Wisconsin BB-64.
He was a member of the USS Wisconsin Association and was awarded a Busy Beaver Citation as a photographer at biennial reunions.
Walter was a retired newspaper reporter
and photographer, having worked for Allentown Morning Call for 26 years.
Walter was a charter member, past commander, adjutant and post service officer of the former Cumbola American Legion Post 958. He was 13th District American Legion adjutant and held offices of post, district and Eastern Section adjutant in 1961. He also published bulletins on those three levels and was twice president of the Pennsylvania Legion Press Association.
He was a member of the former St. Anthony of Padua Church, Cumbola, and a member of Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church, New Philadelphia. He was a member of the Good Will Fire Company, Cumbola, and a lifetime member of the Lehigh Fire Company No. 1, Lehighton, where he portrayed Santa Claus in Christmas visits to Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital and home for the aged.
He and his wife, Helen, enjoyed traveling on cruises and flights to various countries in Europe and the Caribbean. They also visited relatives in Poland on five occasions, where they were often accompanied with their daughter.
Surviving is his wife of 60 years, Helen Schappel Kraus, Cumbola; a daughter, Deborah Ann Schwope, Lithia, Fla.; a son, Walter F. Kraus III, York; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday at Holy Cross Catholic Church, New Philadelphia, with the Rev. Ronald J. Minner, as celebrant. Relatives and friends may call from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service Thursday at the church. Interment with military honors will be in St. Anthony Cemetery. Thomas J. Bartashus Funeral Home, New Philadelphia, has charge of arrangements.