Leonard Joseph Kraus, 79, of Ingalls, passed away Friday, April 4, 2014, at his home in Pensacola, Fla. He was born Sept. 23, 1934, in Clarksburg, W. V., to Lawrence Gregory Kraus and Mary-Lillian (Luckett) Kraus.
He served in the Air Force from 1953 – 1957 as a radio operator and served overseas during the Korean War. He also worked for ARA Vending Co. and the U.S. Postal Service from which he retired in 2007. He was active in the community through St. Thomas Catholic Church in Fortville and through the sport of swimming where he served as a board member of Pendleton Swim Club and as a swim official for USA Swimming, High School and Middle School swim meets for over 30 years.
Leonard is survived by his children, Laura (Steve) Ransdell of Indianapolis, Loretta (Don) Plew of Fairland, Leonard J. (Joy) Kraus II of Gainesville, Fla., Philip (Anne) Kraus of Pensacola, Fla.; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sister in laws, Sue Kraus of Logansport, Rosie (Dennis) Schofield of Peru, Relna (Ed) Kaiser of Peru, Rita Tanner of Wichita Falls, Texas and brother -in -law, Darrald (Reggie) Steffey of Bunker Hill.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Delia E. (Steffey) Kraus, whom he married Oct. 19, 1957, in Peru; his parents and brothers, Lawrence, Charles and Englebert.
Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, 2014, and from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 11, 2014, at Seals Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Fortville, IN. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 11, 2014, at St. Thomas Catholic Church, Fortville. Cremation will follow.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Online condolences may be made at sealsfuneralhome.com.