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Gerhardt Kraske

Gerhardt Peter Kraske

Tuesday, June 14th, 1938 - Thursday, November 28th, 2019
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On November 28, 2019, Gerhardt Peter Kraske, beloved husband of Barbara Manger Kraske, loving father of Wolfgang Kraske, Kristin Kraske and the late Barbara Giffin-Costello, cherished grandfather of Courtney and Justin Kraske, Rutger, Regan and Gannon Costello and George Campbell, great grandfather of Briella Dunbar, dear brother of Mary Kraske Moser.

Gary was born June 14, 1938 in Grand Falls, Newfoundland, the youngest child of Willhelm Gustav Herman Kraske (WWI veteran in France) and Clara (Schroeder) Kraske. He was the last of a total of 8 children, all brothers except one sister; one brother pre-deceased Gary’s birth.

Due to his father’s paper-mill supervisory position, the family was frequently moving to help run different plants. Ultimately Gary moved several times between Lyon’s Falls, NY and Rumford, ME, the latter of which became his parents’ permanent home. Gary graduated from Stephens High School in 1956; he frequently enjoyed reunions in his latter years with other graduates there. Gary then graduated from University of Maine (Orono) with an Engineering Science degree in 1961. Immediately, he secured a career at Westinghouse in Baltimore, MD as an electrical engineer.

In 1966 he asked a pretty blonde woman to dance at the Cromwell Bridge Holiday Inn. In September 1966 he married Barbara Ann Manger. Along with son Wolfgang and daughter Barbara, they had another daughter Kristin in 1969.

Fortunately for Gary and Barbara they had much in common concerning the wonderful U.S. military, U.S. history to include patriotic events, monuments, trails, documentaries, well-documented books. Their darling daughter Barbie loved to share how many anniversaries they would spend at battlefields or historical parks.

With such love of U.S. history, they became active members of the Mt. Vernon Ladies Association, financed only by private donors such as themselves. Through the years the MVLA repaired, reconstructed, landscaped George Washington’s home as needed. In 2003 Gary and Barb discovered the MVLA’s mission to construct 2 museums that would be constructed underneath the grounds of Mt. Vernon. They continued heavy support and attended many seminars and conferences at Mt. Vernon.

At home, Gary was highly involved in the children’s youth activities, including Howard County Youth Program football/cheerleading, as well as boosting for the Liberty Belles Drum & Baton Corps, of which eldest daughter Barbie was the lead majorette for many years. Family activities often included hiking and sight-seeing as well as bicycling and swimming at the family pool, along with many board games.

At work Gary became a leader, rising to Advisory Engineer, the highest technical rank in Westinghouse (later Northrop Grumman). Prominent programs included radar system design on the B-1B bomber, the ATS Satellite, the F-16 fighter jet, and for the E-3 AWACS surveillance system. His and his wife’s favorite was the B-1B, one of which in fact Barbara was invited to sit in during a business trip with him.

Gary had great interest in anything to do with railroads. He collected several gauges of model trains over the decades, numerous railroad books, helped to paint the President Washington during its restoration by the B&O Museum, of which he was a long-time member, and contributed heavily in his latter years to the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway, a narrow-gauge railroad in his home state of Maine.

Additionally, Gary was proficient at building projects. His crowning glory is the additional room built onto the back of the family’s house in 1973. He also built the archways seen by the staircase, and his last large project was opening up a wall between the living and family rooms.

Friends may call Monday December 9th from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m., at the Slack Funeral Home, P.A., 3871 Old Columbia Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21043. Funeral Services will be held at the above funeral home, Tuesday December 10th at 1 p.m. with visitation from 12-1 p.m. Interment Holy Trinity Cemetery. Please see www.slackfuneralhome.com for online condolences and directions.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, December 9th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    When
    Monday, December 9th, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location
    Slack Funeral Home, P.A.
    Address
    3871 Old Columbia Pike
    ELLICOTT CITY, MD 21043
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Second Visitation

    Monday, December 9th, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    When
    Monday, December 9th, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Location
    Slack Funeral Home, P.A.
    Address
    3871 Old Columbia Pike
    ELLICOTT CITY, MD 21043
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Third Visitation

    Tuesday, December 10th, 2019 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, December 10th, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Location
    Slack Funeral Home, P.A.
    Address
    3871 Old Columbia Pike
    ELLICOTT CITY, MD 21043
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Tuesday, December 10th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, December 10th, 2019 1:00pm
    Location
    Slack Funeral Home, P.A.
    Address
    3871 Old Columbia Pike
    ELLICOTT CITY, MD 21043
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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