The Obit For George Kraus

George Kraus, 90

Iowa County Obituaries
by jmagdefrau on August 24, 2011

George G. Kraus, 90, formerly of Middle Amana, died Aug. 14, 2011.

A memorial service will be held in Iowa at a later date.

Bartholomew Funeral Home, Valparaiso, Ind., was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to a hospice or charity of the donor’s choice.

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George G. Kraus was born April 11, 1921, in Middle Amana, the son of Charles and Helene (Schinnerling) Kraus. He graduated from Amana High School in 1939.

He married Helen M. Berger Sept. 30, 1944. The couple had two daughters, Donna R. Kraus and Kandyce Kraus Hannon, and one son, Dennis G. Kraus. He also has six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

From 1940 to 1943, he played professional baseball with the Cleveland Indian organization. He withdrew his association due to a back injury. He worked as a parts and service manager for Highway Equipment Company, Inc., Cedar Rapids, from 1943 to 1957, when he founded Kraus Equipment Company Inc. In 1962, he purchased manufacturing facilities for fertilizer and feed equipment in Walford and Cedar Rapids. As a side business, he owned and operated the Old Style Colony Winery Inc, Middle Amana, from 1948 until 1984. “The Story of an Amana Winemaker” was written by George as told to E. Mae Fritz in 1984.

Between 1960 and 1970, he traveled to all 50 states and eight foreign countries, promoting and engaging in business transactions. He traveled to Hungary and Czechoslovakia in 1972, attended the World Agricultural Equipment show in Tehran, Iran, in 1976, promoted business for the state of Iowa in South America (Bogota, Peru, Rio de Janeiro, San Palo) and served as a member of the National Limestone Institute, attending annual meetings in Washington, D.C., from 1965 to 1975 for the limestone industry.

Since 1983, he was an active volunteer for SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives, a division of the Small Business Administration). Direct marketing of franchised products occupied his time from 1984 until 1994. After moving to his winter home in Sun Lakes, Ariz., in 1988, he developed Serene Wooded Acres Mobile Home Park, Middle Amana, in 1989.

While living in Arizona and managing and developing the mobile home park, he was appointed to the board of directors for Fahrenheit Entertainment Inc., Bernstein Corporation, Mr. Angel Inc. and Israel O Israel, Denver, Colo.