Deborah Kraus Lochner
by Kim Swindell Wood | September 15, 2018 7:01 am
Deborah Kraus Lochner, DVM, of Spencer, passed away Sept. 7, 2018, at the age of 72, following an extended illness.
Dr. Lochner was born July 20, 1946, in Wilmington, Delaware, to Philip Berkeley Kraus and Marjorie Patt Kraus, who preceded her in death.
She grew up in Landenberg, Pennsylvania, and after completing high school, attended Michigan State University and the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Lochner had five children, all of whom she home-schooled. She was a life member of the United States Pony Club and founded clubs in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and Fort Valley, Georgia. She served as a District Commissioner, adviser for the Youth Congress, and a member of the Board of Governors. Dr. Lochner worked toward a master’s degree in technical writing at Oklahoma State University and later taught biology at Georgia Military College. In addition, Dr. Lochner was certified as a Master Beef Producer and a Master Gardener. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where she was a youth leader, teacher, and scout leader.
Dr. Lochner is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, Frank Lochner, DVM, and their five children; Laura (Garrison) Smith, of Kent, Connecticut, Natalie (David) Austin, of Stillwater, Oklahoma, Katrina (Zac) Gowen, of Fort Valley, Georgia, Charles (Jamie) Lochner, of Fort Valley, Georgia, Douglas (Kimberly) Lochner, of Fort Valley, Georgia; 13 grandchildren; brothers, John Kraus, Robert Kraus; sisters, Patricia Kraus Holt, Betsy Kraus, PhD, Kathryn Kraus McClure, MD; and mother-in-law, Helen Glass Lochner.
She will be greatly missed.
Memorial service was 4:30 p.m., Sept. 14, 2018, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and another service at 4 p.m., Sept. 15, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in Perry, Georgia. A private interment service will be held on the family farm, in Fort Valley, Georgia.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Humanitarian Aid Fund.
Layne Funeral Home and Cremation Services, of Spencer, is in charge of arrangements.