7/9/15 —- Emil Edward Krafft

Emil Edward Krafft, age 94 of Tullahoma, Tennessee passed away, Friday, July 3, 2015 at NHC due to complications following catastrophic strokes.

Memorial Services will be held Thursday, July 9, at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church at 10 AM with Father Stephen Klasek officiating.

He was the son of the late Frank F. C. Krafft of Munich, Bavaria, Germany and the late Fanny L. Baldenhofer Krafft of Freudenstadt, Wurttemberg, Germany.

He is survived by his wife of 74 years, the former Eugenie Alice Paull, originally of Ponchatoula, LA; four daughters, Mary Jean Moore and her husband, James of Covington, LA, Katherine Alice Butler and her husband, Bernard S of Brentwood, TN, Karen Elizabeth Fatheree of Humble, TX and Candace Anne Lynch and Brian S of Normandy, TN; eight grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great, great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Christopher Edward, who died shortly after his birth.

He was a native of Ponchatoula, LA, where he graduated public schools. He served in the U S Navy from 1939 to 1947 and attained the rank of Chief Electrician’s Mate, sailed the seven seas (advanced from a Polywog to a Shellback on February 29, 1944 on a Secret Mission of War) and participated in many combat operations. He received the following awards: American Defense & Letter “A”; American Area; European – African Area; Victory – World War II; Navy Unit Commendation; and the Cold War Certificate of Recognition. He attended Southeastern Louisiana College for two years, where he was honored by being selected to the “Thirteen Club”, and continued his education at Tulane University from which he graduated in 1951, with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. While at Tulane, he was a member of Delta Sigma Phi social fraternity and was elected to the Tau Beta Pi Honorary Engineering fraternity.
Upon graduation, he was employed by Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corporation as a Safety Supervisor, followed by E. I. DuPont & Co, Inc., as a Construction Engineer and Mechanical Design Engineer. From 1955 until 1987, he was employed by Aro, Inc. as a Mechanical Design Engineer, Test and Installation Engineering Supervisor, Manager of Mechanical Support, Construction Manager on projects in Algeria, Saudi Arabia and Taiwan, as a consultant.

veteran 1He served in many local, state and national Society of Professional Engineers offices, including President of the local chapter. He was a life member of Taiwan VFW 727. He was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Tullahoma.

In lieu of flowers, Mr. Krafft requested that donations be made in his name for the elderly and be given in care of the donor’s pastor.