Katherine Jean Krauss

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Katherine Jean Krauss passed away February 3, 2011, after a brief stay at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, OR. Jean was born in Tekoa, WA on January 17, 1929. The oldest of seven children of John Kirkpatrick and Thelma Piper Kirkpatrick, Jean spent her childhood years in Pullman and Walla Walla, WA. After graduating from Walla Walla High School ("WA-HI") in 1946, Jean attended Northwest Nazarene College (now Northwest Nazarene University) in Nampa, ID, graduating in 1951.

After working for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and a savings and loan bank back in Walla Walla, Jean traveled by army ship to Kokura, Japan, where her future husband, Randall Miller Krauss, was a U.S. Army Corporal working in mortuary services. Jean and Randy married in Fukuoka, Japan, in a three-ceremony process - first, signing the Japanese Registry; second, an official marriage at the American Consulate in Fukuoka; and third, a traditional church wedding at the base chapel in Kokura on May 4, 1952. The couple spent their honeymoon in Nara and Kyoto, Japan.

During their time in Japan, Jean fulfilled a two-year contract with the Department of Army Civilian (DAC), serving as Executive Secretary to Colonels on bases in both Kokura and Moji Port. After the couple returned to the United States, Jean was employed at a savings and loan in San Gabriel, CA; a construction company in El Monte, CA; and a real estate company in Modesto, CA. In 1958, Jean and Randy moved to Vancouver, WA. Jean worked as an Executive Secretary for the Portland Development Commission for 14 years, and for a commercial real estate firm in Vancouver before retiring in 1988. After retirement, she enjoyed traveling and homemaking.

Jean's survivors include her husband of nearly 59 years, Randall, at home in Portland, OR; daughter, Kelley Jean Rap (and husband Michael) of Tempe, AZ; son, Charles Miller Krauss (and wife Susan) of Vancouver, WA; and daughter, Karen Joanne Garrison (and husband Robert) of Portland, OR; three grandchildren are: Emily Janine Rap of Washington, D.C., Evan Michael Rap of Austin, TX, and Tanner Douglas Garrison of Portland, OR. Jean is also survived by brother, Howard Kirkpatrick of Seattle, WA; sister, Mary Ellen Stevanus of Hillsboro, OR; and brother, Roy Kirkpatrick of Connell, WA.

Jean wished for her remains to be donated to Oregon Health and Science University for Alzheimer's research. Her final resting place will be Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, OR.

A memorial service to honor Katherine Jean Krauss will be held Thursday, February 10, 2011, at 1:00 p.m. at Portland First Church of the Nazarene, 6100 SW Raab Road, Portland, OR where Jean and Randy have attended since 1976. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Portland First Church of the Nazarene to support Worship Ministries. Attrell's Newberg Funeral Chapel is in charge of memorial service arrangements.

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Published in The Columbian on Feb. 9, 2011
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