Karl Kracklauer

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Karl Kracklauer, 68, of Woodlands, Texas, passed away unexpectedly of a heart attack on Tuesday, January 10, 2012. A Memorial Service followed by a reception will be held at Metcalf Funeral Directors, in Conroe on Tuesday, January 17 at 2:00 p.m. as an opportunity for family, friends, and colleagues to commemorate his life.

Karl was born on Christmas Day, 1943, in Mundelein, Illinois to Aloysius C. Kracklauer and Violet W. Kracklauer. He was an exuberant, life-long learner, beginning with graduating from Conroe High School in 1963, earning a B.A. degree from Princeton in 1967, an M.A. from Duquesne in 1969, a Ph.D. from Duquesne in 1974 and continuing independently throughout his life.

Karl never met a topic he wasn't willing to research extensively and become an expert on nor an individual he wasn't willing to engage in substantive conversation and friendship. Likewise, his energy level never let him abandon very active sports and strenuous physical exercise. Friends have described him an "energetic, life-filled man who was articulate, funny, kind, active and so smart - a truly great friend."

Karl's extensive professional career included practicing neuro- and clinical psychology, writing screenplays, researching the social psychology of digital communication, and teaching various topics at colleges and universities in California, Canada, and Pennsylvania. For the last three years, he has been an exceptionally energetic and enthusiastic colleague at Sparkler Filters in Conroe, the company founded by his father.

Karl was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his brother Aloysius F. & Emily Kracklauer of Weimar, Germany and their sons & families, Peter Kracklauer & Sarah Kloze, Katherine Kloze, Renee Kloze; Martin Kracklauer & Chris Schmidt, Nathan Kracklauer & Loraine Roy; and his sister, Mary R. Kracklauer & Michael Dehghani and their daughter, Sara Dehghani, and son, Thomas Dehghani. His nephews and niece will greatly miss his humorous repartee, his intellectual curiosity and conversations, and his critical analysis of the social and political issues of the day.

Those who would like to commemorate this remarkable man with his engaging personality, Karl Kracklauer, are invited to donate in his memory to the Sierra Club expressly to help protect Nature on the Pacific coast. (sierraclubcalifornia.org)


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Published on yourconroenews.com from Jan. 15 to Jan. 28, 2012
Arrangements under the direction of:
Metcalf Funeral Directors
1801 East White Oak Terrace | Conroe, TX 77304 | (936) 756-3311
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