Dana Kraus, 59, Hays, died Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, of complications from leukemia.
He was born April 29, 1954, in Hays to Esther Fredericka Hueftle and John Wesley Kraus. He was a 1972 graduate of Hays High School and earned a bachelor of art degree in history from Fort Hays State University in 1977.
He married Jo Ellen Steele on June 5, 1982. He was a fifth-generation farmer and rancher in Hays.
He was an avid conservationist rancher who rode horseback daily to work cattle. He enjoyed team roping and Wagons Ho. He was a black belt and teacher in Tae Kwon Do and enjoyed saber sword fencing.
He was a lover of all things ancient, including early music and history of the Hays community.
Survivors include his wife, of the home; a son, Albert, and wife, Rachel, Sandburr Ranch, Hays; a daughter, Ellen and husband, Air Force Capt. Dylan Bryant, Sandburr Ranch; his mother, Esther Kraus, Good Samaritan Society, Hays; two sisters, Rebecca Meis, Overland Park, and Rachel Johnson, Avon, Colo.; as well as many dear friends and relatives in the Hays area.
He was preceded in death by his father, John; and a brother, John Carl Kraus.
A celebration of life reception and scattering of cremains will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the family's Sandburr Ranch, 1061 Yocemento Avenue west of Hays.
Memorials are suggested to Friends of the Hays Public Library in care of Brock's North Hill Chapel, 2509 Vine, Hays, KS 67601.
Condolences can be left by guest book at www.keithleyfuneralchapels.com or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.