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REV. RICHARD T. KRAUS, 93, of Fort Wayne, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, at Lutheran Life Villages. He was born May 26, 1927 in Auburn, Ind. After receiving a Master's Degree in Theology from Hammah Seminary in Springfield, Ohio, Richard served as a Pastor for churches in Whitestown, Crawfordsville, Portland, and at St. Luke's Lutheran Church on Warsaw Street in Fort Wayne, Ind. In retirement he also served part time in Elwood and Auburn, Ind., his hometown. He was a member of Gethsemane Lutheran Church. Richard enjoyed going to the lake and especially visiting the beaches of New Jersey Shore. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Joan Kraus; son, John (Janet) Kraus; daughter, Ann McBride; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother; and two sisters. A private graveside service will be held at Concordia Gardens. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorial Contributions can be made to Gethsemane Lutheran Church. Condolences may be left online at

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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Nov. 16, 2020.
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November 21, 2020
Pastor Kraus and Joan's time at St. John Lutheran in Elwood, IN was a blessing that many of us remember with thankfulness. He came as an interim at a time when we were probably at our lowest ebb. I especially remember Christmas Eve services. There are so many stories I know from members who still hold him dear in their hearts for something special he did for them. Steve and I also enjoyed social times and outings. And there was the ice cream shop in Ft. Wayne! Joan, we thank God for the few years we had with Pastor and you. We pray for you and your family at this time of loss, and know that all is well with Pastor.
Steve and Wanda Cook
November 19, 2020
He was a pastor's pastor!!!! Kind and gentle, compromising, yet firm in the important areas of ministry. He helped and guided me in Auburn, IN. To those who knew him, you know this statement to be true. God created a wonderful human being in Richard Kraus!
Rev Thomas W. Vanselow
November 16, 2020
I loved this man of God. He served as an interim pastor at St Mark’s in Auburn but he was much more than that. He was a mentor to many pastors and an encourager to everyone he meant. His smiles and hugs were special. ❤
Jayne McClellan
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