Francis T. “Boops” Kraus, 88, Ferdinand

Boops2Francis T. “Boops” Kraus, 88, of Ferdinand, died Friday (November 21) at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand. He was born June 21, 1926 in Ferdinand to Frank Martin Kraus and Clara (Metzger) Kraus. He married Rosina “Tiny” Rohlman May 11, 1948, in Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Schnellville. She died March 1, 2003.

Francis was a retired wood worker from DMI, where he worked for 50 years. He retired in 1990. He was a member of St. Ferdinand Parish, Huntingburg V.F.W., and a 69 year member of Ferdinand American Legion Post 124. He was a World War II Navy veteran and a lifelong Philadelphia Phillies fan. He enjoyed playing cards, visiting the Ferdinand State Forest with family and friends, and enjoyed his cabin at Yellowbanks.

He is survived by one son, Kenneth Kraus and wife Jan, Evansville; one daughter, Margaret Potter and husband Mark, Ferdinand; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Services at 9 a.m. (EST) Tuesday at St. Ferdinand Church with burial following in the church cemetery. Ferdinand American Legion Post 124 will conduct military graveside rites. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 7-8:30 AM Tuesday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Memorial contributions may be made to Heart to Heart Hospice. Online condolences may be made at

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