Gregory Paul Kraber, 61 of Yorkville, IL passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, February 11, 2021 at Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora, IL surrounded by his family. Greg was born on May 26, 1959 in Berwyn, IL to Paul and Sue (Kaster) Kraber.
Greg was united in marriage to the love of his life, Julie Smith and they spent the next 41 happy years happily together. They had four children, Adam, Tiffany, Ashley and Kyle Kraber. Greg was a long time member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Yorkville, IL.
He was a graduate of Yorkville High School Class of 1977 and was considered a hometown celebrity his Senior year “last at-bat” for a called home run shot. He was a self-proprietor of Kraber Carpentry, OJ’s Tap and Plano Recreation, for many years. Later in life, he enjoyed working with two close friends at S&K Excavating and TBS Construction. Greg was one of the founders and first president of the Yorkville Hometown Days Event. In his later years, he enjoyed his retirement time at Bristol Tap and at the Smith Family Lake House, where he frequented Mickster’s Pub, always having time for “one quick one”! Most of all, he enjoyed anytime or mischief he could get into with his grandchildren, Rachel, Carter, and Kelsey. Greg idealized his Papa as a child and he filled those shoes as Papa himself. His three grandkids now idealize him forever in their hearts. To his grandkids, he appeared larger the life, as most that knew him would undoubtedly agree!
He is survived by his loving wife, Julie Kraber of Yorkville, IL; his children, Adam (Kari) Kraber of Sandwich, IL, Tiffany (Justin Conrad) Kraber of Plainfield, IL Ashley (Mike) Hodous of Yorkville, IL and Kyle Kraber of Yorkville, IL; his grandchildren, Rachel, Carter, and Kelsey; his parents, Paul and Sue Kraber; his siblings, Pattie (William) Pickert, Cindy (Jeff) Tourt, and Rick (Stannette) Kraber; his in-laws, Debra (Rick) Miller, Pattie (Don) Kraber and James (Colleen) Smith; his two great uncles, great aunt, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and more friends that one can count. Greg never new a stranger!
In death, he is reunited with those he loved so much, his Kraber and Kaster Grandparents; his in-laws, James and Dorothea Smith; his great uncles, James Kraber and Don Kraber; his aunt and uncle in-laws and many close friends.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 406 Walnut Street, Yorkville, IL with Father Matthew Lamoureux, M.I.C., officiating. Interment will follow in Risen Lord Cemetery, Oswego, IL.
Friends may visit from 2:00 until 8:00 PM on Monday, February 15, 2021 at the Nelson Funeral Home, 1617 North Bridge Street, Yorkville, IL.
Forever remember Greg Kraber when you hear Go Cubs Go!! A true one of a kind!
Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Homes & Crematory, www.NelsonFuneralHomes.com or (630) 553-7611.