Steven Kraus Feb. 19, 1952 – March 21, 2021


Steven Kraus

      Steven Paul Kraus, 69, of Monticello, Iowa, passed away at home surrounded by his family Sunday, March 21, 2021, after a two-year battle with cancer.

      A private family graveside service was held on Friday, March 26, 2021 at Oakwood Cemetery, Monticello.

      Steve was born Feb. 19, 1952 in Monticello, Iowa the son of Victor and Janice (Staner) Kraus and grew up with his 15 brothers and sisters on a farm outside of Monticello.  He married his high school sweetheart, Darcy Wilson on Nov. 11, 1972 in Monticello.

      Steve owned numerous businesses in Monticello, including Sun Insulation and Lumber, Quality Builders, and Monticello Monument until his retirement in 2015. To keep himself busy during retirement, he became the maintenance man at Maplewood Estates, where he developed personal relationships with all the residents and he thought of them as family.

      He enjoyed being outdoors, gardening, Iowa Hawkeyes, and helping his children with woodworking projects. He took pride in being a Kraus and was very proud of his brothers and sisters and all their accomplishments.

      Steve is survived by his wife of 48 years, Darcy, and their children: Lindsy (Devin) Tadlock of Iowa City, Jessie (Richie) Ludwig of Worthington, Jim (Lindsey) Kraus of Monticello. His grandchildren: Paige and Jamie Etten, Shay, Kara and Rikkie Ludwig, Cole and Cash Kraus.

      He is also survived by his siblings: Mike (Emily) Kraus of Monticello, Dave (Sue) Kraus of Cascade, Martha (Dean) Schwendinger of Monticello, Jim Kraus of Monticello, Julie Vacek of Monticello, Tony (Marsha) Kraus of Monticello, Bob Kraus of Cedar Rapids, Bill (Kathy) Kraus of Hopkinton, Joan Kraus of Monticello, Jayne (Joe) Tuetken of Monticello, John (Julie) Kraus of Center Point, Mark (Pam) Kraus and Teresa (Dan) Cox of Mount Vernon, and Ted (Sarah) Kraus of Monticello, in-laws: Becky Kraus of Monticello, Shane (Dianne) Wilson of Monticello, Jerry Frawley of Monticello, Tori (Gary) Manternach of Monticello, Shar (David) Welter of Monticello.

      He is preceded in death by his parents, his parents-in-law, Billy and Charlotte Wilson, his brother, Daniel Kraus, in-laws: Greg Carl, Mitch Wilson, Tamy Frawley, and Vern Vacek.

      The family would like to thank their family and friends for their prayers and well wishes. They also want to thank Angie and Jennifer with Above & Beyond Hospice for helping with his wish to remain at home.

      Information available at www.kramerfuneral.com.  Cards may be sent to the family in care of Kramer Funeral Home, 700 E Oak St, Monticello, IA 52310.

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