1915-2012

 Memorial service for Dr. J. Wesley Kral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, at Lake City Union Church in Lake City, with the Rev. Betty Weidert officiating.

 Dr. Kral, 96, of Holiday Island, Ark., died Monday, Aug. 27, at Eureka Springs, Ark.

 Arrangements are under direction of Lampe Funeral Home in Lake City. Memorial donations may be made to the Eureka Springs Hospital Guild, 24 Norris St., Eureka Springs, Ark. 72632. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.lampefuneralhome.com.

 Dr. Kral was born Sept. 19, 1915, in Vail, Iowa, a son of Anna (Freml) and Stephen A. Kral.

 He became a dentist in 1940 after graduating from the University of Iowa. Dr. Kral proudly served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a part of the China, Burma, India Campaign (CBI), where he attained the rank of captain. He was assigned to the Medical Detachment in the 330th Engineer Battalion.

 Dr. Kral was a Boy Scout in his younger years and became a scout master and later a district commissioner. He was awarded the District Award of Merit and the Silver Beaver Award. He was civic-minded and believed in giving to his community.

 His son Dennis Kral followed him into the profession and graduated in 1965 from the University of Iowa. His granddaughter Paula Kral also carried on the family tradition by graduating in 1990 from the University of Iowa representing the third generation in the practice of dentistry.

 He loved traveling and eating good food. He was an avid coin and stamp collector and even became an appraiser of other people’s collections. He enjoyed woodworking, sand candle making and performing in plays.

 He is survived by three sons, Dr. Dennis J. Kral and wife, Karen of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Jerry A. Kral and wife My of Berryville, Ark., and David W. Kral of Holiday Island, Ark.; two grandchildren, Paula K. Kral (John Todtz) and Vincent J. Kral (Meredith); five great-grandchildren, Ben Todtz, Joe Todtz, Grace Todtz, Aurora Kral and Annabelle Kral; several other relatives; and a host of friends.  

 On June 2, 1939, J. Wesley Kral married Helen Esther (Wrench), who preceded him in death, Feb. 15, 2012, after 72 years 8½ months of marriage. He was preceded in death also by his parents, Stephen A. and Anna Kral; three brothers and five sisters.