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Ray H. Kroft services set

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Funeral services for Ray H. Kroft will be held at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel, Medary-ville, Ind., on Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 11 a.m. EDT. The officiating clergy will be Bill McNabney. The American Legion will conduct military graveside services.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. EDT Friday, at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel, Medary-ville, Ind. Burial will take place at St. John Cemetery, Medaryville, Ind.

Memorial Contributions may be given to St. John United Church of Christ.

Ray was married to Joan Ellis on Sept. 24, 1954, in Boone Grove, Ind., who survives.

He was a member of St. John United Church of Christ, Medaryville, and the Medaryville Lion’s Club.

Ray was a veteran of the US Army during WWII and was discharged as a Staff Sergeant. He earned a Combat Infantry Badge and a Bronze Star. He was a member of the Medaryville American Legion.

He was member of the Pulaski County Council for 25 years and was a former President of the Council. He also was a member of the Kankakee-Iroquois Regional Planning Commission, and Pulaski Memorial Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees.

Ray was named a Sagamore of the Wabash by Governor Frank O’Bannon.

Survivors also include daughters Karen (Ben Jr.) Smolek, of San Pierre, Ind.; Janis Potter, of Sapulpa, Okla. and Marcia (Greg) Schoeneck, of Valparaiso, Ind.; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Also, his twin brother Robert (Agnes) Kroft, of Logansport, Ind. and sisters Alladean Clouser of Winamac, Arlos Epler of Francesville and Doris Becker of Rensselaer.

He was preceded in death by his parents George Kroft and Grace Tetzloff Kroft as well as sisters Louella Hively and Georgianna “Dolly” Fritz.

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Posted 5/26/2011