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Lincoln David Kraeuter died surrounded by his loving family on March 25, 2023, at the age of 93. Born in Newark, New Jersey, he lived, among other places, in Littleton, Massachusetts, Mashpee, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Jensen Beach, Florida, and, most recently, Savannah, Georgia. He attended the United States Coast Guard Academy and graduated from Duke University Pratt School of Engineering. He later served in the US Navy as an engineering officer. An inventor with a patent to his name, he worked in the electronic transistor industry in Massachusetts before transitioning to teaching computer science at Digital Equipment Company. He designed and built the Kraeuter family houses in Littleton, Massachusetts and Mashpee, Cape Cod. After his retirement, he volunteered at the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole on Cape Cod.
In his spare time, Lincoln enjoyed designing and inventing in his workshop. He loved to sail and to downhill ski. In 1949, while a cadet at the United States Coast Guard Academy, Lincoln sailed on the US Coast Guard Cutter Eagle to Amsterdam. He later used the skills acquired in his maritime service to skipper his and his wife’s 41-foot sailboat from Massachusetts throughout the Caribbean.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Shelagh Anne Buckley Kraeuter; three sons, Lincoln David Kraeuter, Jr. of Amesbury, Massachusetts, Morrill Shepherd Reynolds (Kathy Culkin) of Marblehead, Massachusetts, Robert Scot Kraeuter (Christy) of Savannah, Georgia; and a daughter, Sheila-Llyn Kraeuter Van Nederveen, Colonel, US Air Force (Retired) of Springfield, Virginia. He is also survived by six grandchildren (Viktoria Anne Van Nederveen, Alexandra Margriet Van Nederveen, and Sophia Elisabeth Van Nederveen, Caroline Rebecca Kraeuter, Robert Lincoln August Kraeuter, and Charles Marvin Kraeuter).
He is predeceased by his parents (Robert Francis Kraeuter and Marion Walker Kraeuter) and a brother (Robert Bingham Kraeuter), as well as by his former wife, Nancy Reynolds Kraeuter of Marblehead, Massachusetts.
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that memorial contributions be made to Marine Biological Laboratory Discovery Fund, 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole, MA 02543. https://www.mbl.edu/give/discovery-fund
The family thanks Dr Thomas Campen for the loving medical care rendered to Lincoln Kraeuter.
A Celebration of Life is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on June 12, 2023 at Wesley Gardens, 287 Shipyard Road, Savannah, Georgia 31406.
Dear Sheila and family, We are holding you close in our hearts along with fond memories of Linc. Linc was an incredible role model for Roger and generously nurtured his love of science. Roger and I also always admired your beautiful marriage and deep love for one another- in may ways you both have been role models for us. We're so grateful for our times together. With deepest condolences, Marie
- Marie Pasinski, Nahant, MA
Our sincerest condolences for the loss of Linc. He was such a wonderful and caring man who always had a kind word and smile for everyone. He will be greatly missed. Wishing you peace, comfort, courage, and lots of love at this time of sorrow. Our hearts go out to you at this difficult time.
- Charles & Frankie Smith, Lady Lake, Florida
Shelagh, we were saddened to hear of Linc's passing. What a wonderful man you were married to for so many years. Our sincere condolences from your former neighbors. The neighborhood has never been the same since you left. Love, Joan & Joe
- Joan and Joe Lyons, Mashpee, ma
Dear Sheila, Sheila Lynn and Robert we are so sorry about your loss. We have many good memories of our times together. I walk the dog past your old house on Boxboro and am always transported to the deck of the SNOWBIRD and Linc serving his huge breakfast as we speed downwind. Linc was a great guy and was so lucky to have all of you for family. If you get back this way please stop and see us. As for you Linc, fairwinds Captain!
- Allen McRae, Littleton,, MA
Linc may have left us physically but our memories of him (& you Shelagh) shall be with us for the rest of our lives. Such a good, thoughtful and fun person to have as a friend and neighbour is truly bonus. He lived a very full, loving and productive life. Who could ask more! He was a treasure.
- Meier's, Karl & Joy, Jensen Beach, Fl
Dear Shelagh and family, thinking of you at this time. Linc was such a fine gentleman - kind, and thoughtful. He reflected deeply and took a real interest in others. His passion for sailing was infectious. I particularly recall my dad saying it was the best holiday he had ever had after a sailing trip with you and Linc. With love and condolences Paramabandhu
- Paramabandhu Groves, London, UK
Dear Shelagh & Family, Please know Linc was not only an inspiration to us,(we took a year off to sail from Cape Cod to the Bahamas) but also a very dear and trusted friend. Whatever you needed he was there, and he always found a way to solve a problem. We will miss him, but the memories that he and Shelagh have given us will last forever. May the wind always be at your back and the sun upon your face, and the winds of destiny carry you aloft to dance with the stars. Much love, Bev & Ed
- Ed & Beverly OrmstonMashpee, Mashpee, MA
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
- Memorial Service
- 11:00 a.m. on Mon, June 12, 2023
- Wesley Gardens
287 Shipyard Road (map)
SAVANNAH GA 31406