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Harry R. Kraus, 90

July 25, 2014

Harry Kraus was born in Taylor, Jan. 16, 1924, to Vera and Harry “Buck” Kraus.

He graduated from Taylor High School and attended Kearney State College in Kearney.

He joined the Navy and was enrolled in the Navy V12 Program at Iowa State University. He received his commission as an ensign in the Navy Construction Battalion and was deployed to Hawaii, where he served in the yard of public works in Pearl Harbor.

Upon his discharge from the Navy, he returned to Iowa State University, where he graduated with his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1947.

He married his college sweetheart, Oddfrid “Freddie” Helgeland, and was employed by Dravo Corporation in Pittsburgh, Penn. He was involved in the construction of many bridges, tunnels, locks and dams all over the eastern United States.

In 1968, he was brought into the home office as operations manager for all of Dravo Eastern Division and appointed vice president of Dravo Canada.

In 1970, he was made manager of Dravo Western Division, based in Bellevue, Wash.

While there, he was responsible for many projects, including the third stage power plant at Grand Coulee Dam, Wynoochee Dam and Dwarshak Dam in Idaho, the Copper River Bridge in Alaska, the Henderson Haulage Tunnel under the continental divide in Colorado and a portion of the BART System in San Francisco.

He then became president of Hardaway Construction in Columbus, Ga.

He ended his career back with Dravo, and when he retired in 1986, he and his wife, Freddie, built their home in Sun-Land.

Harry was an avid outdoorsman. He loved to hunt and fish, espcially loved fly fishing for trout and duck hunting. He enjoyed golf and was an active member of Sun-Land Golf and Country Club.

He enjoyed being surrounded by family andfriends. He and his wife enjoyed traveling in their RV, often with friends.

Harry was a charter member of Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Freddie; his daughter, Karen (Duke) York of Tacoma, Wash.; son, Jon Kraus of Sequim and Seattle, Wash.; grandson, Tyler York of Tacoma, Wash.; and granddaughter, Sarah York, of Seattle, Wash. He is also survive by his brother, Bob (Arlene) Kraus, of Taylor.

There was a private memorial service July 13.

Memorial contributions in his honor can be made to the Dungeness Valley Health and Wellness Clinic. www.sequimfreeclinic.org.

Drennan & Ford Funeral Home, Port Angeles, Wash., were in charge of the arrangements.

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