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Father David H. Kraus, JCL

Father David H. Kraus, 72, a retired priest of the Diocese of Dodge City, died Sunday, April 28, 2013, at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita.

He was born Aug. 3, 1940, in Ransom to Hugo and Alice (Hilmes) Kraus. He graduated from Arnold High School and attended St. Mary of the Plains College, Dodge City, before transferring to Conception Seminary College, Conception, Mo. There, he earned bachelor's degrees in philosophy and sacred theology. He earned his master's degree in theology at Catholic University in Washington.

He was ordained at St. Aloysius Church in St. Aloysius Church at Ransom on May 21, 1967, by Bishop Marion F. Forst. In 1989, he was granted a J.C.L. degree in canon law from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, where he graduated cum laude. He served as an associate pastor at St. Patrick, Great Bend (1967-69); Sacred Heart Cathedral, Dodge City (1969-71); St. Anthony, Liberal, (1971-73); and Sts. Peter and Paul, North Kinsley, and St. Patrick, Great Bend (1983-84). He served as pastor or administrator in the following parishes: St. Joseph, Greensburg, and St. George, Bucklin, (1973-76); St. John, Meade, and St. Patrick, Plains (1976-81); St. Joseph, Offerle, and St. Mary, Hodgeman County (1981-83 and 1990-91); Sacred Heart, Larned, (1983-87); St. Anthony, Lakin, and Christ the King, Deerfield (1989-90); St. Andrew, Wright (1991-95) with St. George, Bucklin, (1994-95); St. Helen, Hugoton, (1995-96); St. Joan of Arc, Elkhart (1995-2000); and St. Joseph, Scott City, and St. Theresa, Dighton (2000-2004); and retired to Ransom in 2004. He served the diocese as chancellor (1990-93), moderator of the curia and vicar general (1991-93), and adjutant judicial vicar of the marriage tribunal (1991-93). At the time of his death, he was a member of the Presbyterial Council and served the Tribunal as Defender of the Bond.

Survivors include four brothers, Michael Kraus and wife, Mary, and John Kraus and wife, Susan, Patrick Kraus and wife, Kay, and Mark Kraus, all of Ransom; and four sisters, Nancy Foust, Victoria, Jeanette Flax and husband, Fred, Ransom, Julie Kramer and husband, Marvin, Garden City, and Annette Lang and husband, Brian, Solomon.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Aloysius Church, Ransom; burial in St. Aloysius Cemetery, Ransom.

Viewing will be from 2:30 p.m. Wednesday until time of service Thursday at the church.

A rosary will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, followed by a vigil at 7 p.m., both at the church.

Memorials are suggested to St. Aloysius Church or the Children's Fund at the Catholic Near East Welfare Association in care of Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City.

Condolences can be sent to the family at