Thomas H. Kraut –

3November 2020

Thomas Kraught SCARBOROUGH– Thomas Henry Kraut, 92, died peacefully on Oct. 27, 2020, at Holbrook Health Center, Piper Shores in Scarborough, Maine.

Tom was born upon June 18, 1928, in Wabash, Indiana, the 2nd boy of Paul and Esther Kraut, owners of Kraut’s Market. He and his sibling were baptized, confirmed, and participated in the St. James Lutheran Church in Logansport. Tom had many tasks as a kid; operating at the market, shining shoes, delivering the Daily Chronicle, setting bowling pins by hand, setting ties and rails for the railway, and being an electrician’s assistant among others. Tom played basketball and football in junior high, earned his university letter in his sophomore year and was co-captain of the football group in his senior year.

A life changing occasion happened when Tom’s bro Dick, 4 years older, employed in the Navy after graduation in 1942. Penis’s sub never reported after its second mission and he ended up being missing out on in action. The Navy declared him dead a year later. After high school Tom joined the Navy to get away the family sadness. After his time in the Navy, Tom participated in Valparaiso University, where he played football, was president of his fraternity, Phi Delta Psi, worked part-time and took 18 hours a semester. By attending summer school, he finished in three years with a degree in location and business/economics in 1951. In 1952, Tom participated in Valparaiso Law School. While going to school, he worked full-time at US Steel in Gary, Indiana. He joked this was four hours of work, one hour of cards and 3 hours of studying for school. After finishing in 1955, he passed the Indiana bar test, however never ever had interest in being a practicing lawyer. He worked as a Department Credit Manager taking a trip 13 states for U.S. Plaster Co. in Chicago.

It was during this time that he had an arranged date with Jeanne, a separated woman with two children that were deaf. In less than three months, they were married. Not long after, they welcomed their first daughter, Jaymie. Tom took a new task at National Residence Corp. in Lafayette.

Without any status seeking in sight, the household relocated to Winona, Minnesota, where Tom worked for Bay State Milling Co. for twenty years as an insurance/pension manager and then treasurer. Only two years later, business relocated to the Prudential Center in Boston, and once again the Kraut household relocated to Wayland, Massachusetts.

Tom and his household were constantly active in church no matter where they lived. The Sudbury United Methodist church was house. It existed they fulfilled a few of their most cherished friends. Tom co-chaired a five-year fund drive to benefit New England pastors, raising over $3,000,000. He and Jeanne started the concept of a fall camping church retreat which grew significantly in size and continued many years. Jeanne and Tom helped raise funds to build a lovely brand-new chapel constructed by the members, along with serving on every commission of that church consisting of Lay Leader. In 1979, they became part of a five couple Covenant Group that satisfied regularly and lasted over thirty years.

After many years in the business world, Tom and Jeanne retired to Scarborough, Maine, to be with their daughter and grandchildren. For a couple of years, Tom owned Bunny’s, a burger/fries shack in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. He loved “working the front” and viewing all the tourists. Tom and Jeanne traveled the world consisting of all 50 states and 21 countries.

Tom continued his church work at Thornton Heights United Methodist Church, in addition to being an active member of Kiwanis, the Scarborough Town Library, and reading to second graders, which his two grandchildren liked.

After 4 years of waiting, Piper Shores finally had a home for them, but regrettably Jeanne’s Alzheimer’s had progressed. Tom adoringly looked after her on weekend visits while she dealt with Jaymie. At Piper Shores, Tom became associated with literally everything! Besides playing poker, he attended senior college and chaired the Good Tyme Hour (a talent show extravaganza) for all the locals to name a few. His beloved better half of 54 years died in 2011. Tom had numerous good years after with family and friends, however moved into Holbrook Retirement home as he required more help in his later years. He celebrated a great 91st birthday with family and friends prior to COVID struck.

Tom touched numerous lives– household, extended household, good friends, co-workers and co-parishioners. He and Jeanne welcomed exchange trainees, extended household and those simply needing an assisting hand in their home. His kindness had no bounds.

Tom is survived by: his child, Jaymie Chamberlin of Scarborough, Maine; and his son, Mark Markin and spouse Linda from Litchfield, Michigan; grand son, Christopher Chamberlin of Scarborough, Maine; granddaughter, Leah Chamberlin and partner Patrick Kavanagh of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, and Michelle Snell and other half Bob of Grand Rapids, Michigan; together with some terrific great-grandchildren!

Interment services were hung on Oct. 31, with a virtual celebration being planned for completion of the year. Special true blessings and thank you to the fantastic staff of Holbrook Health Care at Piper Shores and Hospice of Southern Maine.

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