September 23, 2010

(5/19/1975 - 9/15/2010)

Dan D. De Kraai, 35, St. Joseph, died Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at Heartland Regional Medical Hospital.

He was born May 19, 1975 in Iowa City, IA.

Dan attended and played football at both Ellsworth Community College, Iowa and Missouri Western State University. Dan graduated from the Missouri Western Law Enforcement Academy in 2005.

He married Laura Erickson in October of 2001. She is the daughter of Lloyd Erickson of Memphis and Cheryl and Mike Eddelman of Kahoka and the granddaughter of Phyllis Comstock of Downing and Harley and Janet Erickson of Memphis.

Dan was a Patrolman with the St. Joseph Police Department. He served on the Special Response Team, was a Field Training Officer, a Crime Scene Technician and was an instructor at Missouri Western Law Enforcement Academy.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Tina Marie Vannice; aunt and uncle, Debra and Bill Gardner.

Dan was a member of The Edge Christian Fellowship and F.O.P Lodge #3.

He loved playing and watching football, especially the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He also loved shooting and was an excellent marksman. Dan will be greatly missed by his family, friends and all who knew him.

Survivors include his wife, Laura De Kraai; daughter, Lexi De Kraai both of the home; father, Dennis De Kraai, Fort Madison, IA; brother, Dale De Kraai, Bloomfield, IA; sister, Crystal De Kraai, Ottumwa, IA; grandparents, Dale and Deloris De Kraai, Ottumwa; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services were held Saturday, September 18, 2010 at the Word of Life Church in St. Joseph. Interment was in Memorial Park Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. The Family suggests memorial gifts in Memory of Dan D. De Kraai Scholarship for those wishing to enter Law Enforcement courses C/O Bank Midwest 36th Street, 801 N. 36th St., St. Joseph, MO 64506.

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