Deborah Kraus Lochner, VMD of Spencer, TN passed away at Cookeville Regional Medical Center on September 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, PA where she was an active member of the United States Pony Club. Upon completing high school, she attended Michigan State University, but left prior to graduation after receiving an early acceptance to the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Following her graduation, she worked for several years as a practicing small animal veterinarian before starting a family. She placed a high value on education and home schooled all five of her children. As an adult, she continued her involvement with the Unites States Pony Club and was the founder of both the Sundance Pony Club in Stillwater, OK and Mossy Creek Pony Club in Fort Valley, GA. She served as a District Commissioner, adviser for the Youth Congress, and a member of the USPC Board of Governors. She worked towards a Masters Degree in Technical Writing at Oklahoma State University and later taught Biology at Georgia Military College in Warner Robins, GA. 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 served as a youth leader and in various rolls within the Boy Scouts of America.
Dr. Lochner is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, Frank Lochner, DVM and their five children; Laura E. (Garrison) Smith of Kent, CT, Natalie R. (David) Austin of Stillwater, OK, Katrina M. (Zac) Gowen of Fort Valley, GA, Charles R. (Jamie) Lochner of Fort Valley, GA, Douglas K. (Kimberly) Lochner of Fort Valley, GA, and thirteen grandchildren. She is also survived by brothers; John and Robert Kraus, and sisters; Patricia Kraus Holt, Betsy Kraus, PhD and Kathryn Kraus McClure, MD and mother-in-law Helen Glass Lochner. She will be greatly missed.
Memorial services will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Sparta, TN on Friday, September 14, 2018 at 4:30 pm and in Perry, GA at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 4:00 pm on Saturday, September 15, 2018. A private interment service will be held on the family farm in Fort Valley, GA.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Humanitarian Aid Fund.