In Memory

Ed Kraus - Class Of 1970

Ed Kraus

Edward Kraus

3-22-1952 - 9-6-2010

Edward Stanley Kraus, 58, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home on Monday morning, September 6th. He is survived by his wife Joanne; his sons, Jeremy and Daniel; their wives, Larisa and Emily; and his grandchildren, Tess, Elijah, Virginia, and Aaron Edward Kraus. He also leaves behind two brothers, Robert and Harry; and his mother Geraldine Toorans. Ed was born and raised in San Leandro, California. He graduated from Pacific High School before attending San Jose State University. After college, Ed began a career with the Southland Corporation. He served as director of their 7-Eleven® training center in San Diego before moving to Dallas to work in the international department where he oversaw 7-Eleven® expansion in various countries during his tenure including Japan, Australia, and Hong Kong. After sixteen years with the Southland Corporation, Ed went into business with his brothers and started Medex Surgical, an orthopedic implant and medical device distributorship serving Texas. He met the woman of his dreams and proposed nine days later. He and Joanne shared thirty-six wonderful years of marriage, countless joyous moments, and laid the foundation of a lasting legacy through their children and grandchildren. From a young age his peers admired and respected him, making him high school student body president and co-captain of the football team. In an era when weightlifting was not mainstream, he sculpted a body that earned him notoriety and recognition as best physique in school. Despite these accolades, to know Ed was to love him. He remained grounded, friendly, and approachable. "Fast Eddy," as he was affectionately known by his friends, was famous for living life to its fullest. He was as comfortable befriending the locals in a seaside Tijuana lobster shack as he was firing the Noonday Gun in Hong Kong Harbor with dignitaries. He loved the beach, especially the La Jolla Cove. Eddy was a great host, who was always eager to make room for one more at his table. He never shied away from pointing out the significance of a moment. He was known as a great communicator, who expressed his feelings with rare authenticity. Throughout his life, he loved to teach, no matter whether it was teaching Hebrew to Sunday school students at Temple Shalom, store operations to new 7-Eleven® franchisees, or sales techniques to new orthopedic sales representatives.Funeral services for Ed will be held on Wednesday September 8th, 2010 at 11:00 AM at Temple Shalom in Dallas. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any memorials be made to the Jacob and Lena Ponsky Scholarship Fund, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, or the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

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09/07/10 10:25 PM #1    

David Loucks (1970)

How very sad.  Ed was a great person to have as a friend.  He had a dynamic personality.  Before he got ill we emailed back and forth about our 40th reunion.  He became too ill to attend.  During our Wilson days we would all meet at the pool at John Muir during hot summer days and have fun all day long.  Ed was the one to give me the news that they filled the pool in.  Great memories of Ed and our youth.  Ed will not be forgotten.  My condolences to his family.

Dave Loucks

09/08/10 05:42 PM #2    

Debra Hernandez (Brent) (1970)

Very sad news to hear of Ed.  He was a true and loyal friend from gradeshool thru highschool.  Many good memories from kindergarten(Woodrow Wilson) thru Pacific.  Always time for his neighborhood "buddies".  To know him, was to "love" him.   My condolences to Joanne and his family, with many blessings. 

12/03/10 08:01 PM #3    

Rod Flow (1970)

sorry to hear about Ed good guy rest in paradise

02/17/11 10:55 AM #4    

CarolLynne Biddle (Cole) (1971)

 Ed...for the memories...A man who always had a smile for everyone...My memories of us: pumping weights in the gym...watching you wrestle...and sharing gymnastics time every chance we got! Till this day I can remember your smile. To your family? I know he is greatly missed.

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