Louis Richard Kral, 80 of Solon, died Friday, May 22, 2009 at his home. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Solon. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church where there will be a Catholic Order of Foresters rosary at 5 p.m. and a parish vigil service at 7 p.m. Visitation will also be an hour prior to services Tuesday at the church.
Louie was born August 29, 1928 in rural Solon, the son of Louis and Anna (Beuter) Kral. He married Evelyn Marie Unick on September 14, 1948 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Solon. Louie worked as a mechanic and was the owner of E&L Shell in Solon. Louie was on the Solon City Council for 9 years and the Solon Fire Department for 10 years. He was a 75 year member of the Catholic Order of Foresters, a religious education instructor for 15 years, church trustee, and an usher for St. Mary’s Catholic Church. He was also a past President of the Solon PTA and Band Parents.
Louie is survived by his wife of 60 years, Evelyn; children, Robert (Pam) Kral of Riverside, Rita (Paul) Griffin of Riverside, Richard (Sharon) Kral of Clive, and Ronald Kral of Coralville; grandchildren, Angela (Matt) Jacoby, MeGan (Brian) Kempnich, Chad Griffin, Sara (Gordon) Russell, Lisa Kral, and Lindsay Kral; great grandchildren, Shaylynn and Terrhyn Jacoby, and Demetrius Kempnich; brother, Joe (Judy) Kral of Solon; sister-in-law, Lois Kral of Peoria, AZ; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Tommy Kral, Harry (Bernice) Kral, and Mike Kral.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Iowa City Hospice, Solon Volunteer First Responders, and St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Solon.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.broshchapel.com .