Thomas Kristian (Kris) Krag was born in 1946 to Al and Cassie Krag. At 21 Kris enlisted in the United States Marine Corps serving from 1967-1973. He was part of the First Battalion Platoon 1074 and served in the Vietnam War until he was forced to be honorably discharged. Kris was awarded multiple notable medals and badges including three Purple Hearts, The Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross, Rifle Marksman, Pistol Sharpshooter and more. Kris was a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart and National Purple Heart Hall of Honor. To this day he still had shrapnel pieces coming out of his legs due to land mines.
Upon returning home to Oklahoma he worked at Transcon until they closed their doors. He then worked at FAA until retirement in 2013 overlooking many great people ,that became life friends, and the occasional Domino's game at breaks.
Kris lived life to the fullest and didn’t care what anyone thought of him which only made his favorite hang outs and people love him more. (McFinns, The Hood, JR’s, Dave’s/Gigi’s Cafe ) His circle was small but they were fiercely dedicated to each other. Kris followed the Marine motto "Semper Fidelis" meaning "Always Loyal" in all areas of his life. These men would give their shirts off their backs and help anyone in need. He loved having everyone over on Friday nights at the ” Krag’s Roadhouse'' where lots of memories were made. Especially during the infamous Hold Dis' and Dirty Santa parties. He was a passionate Harley rider since a young boy and made sure his kids grew up doing the same. He loved going to biker rallies and having them along. Pawhuska was always memorable. Along with passing on his love for Harley's he also loved scuba diving, fishing and running his jet boat over the glass waters at Lake Tenkiller. He and his “Brother” Johnnie helped to build Kris’ parents a home overlooking Lake Tenkiller in the 1980s. This would provide for the happiest memories every year raising his family at the nearby Snake Creek that has continued on for generations.
We all know Kris loved having a great time but when he was ready to go home he would loudly say "I'm headed South " (or whatever direction home was) and you had about two seconds to get in the car or you were left behind. Well he's been ready for his "final" home for awhile now although as his loved ones it's hard to let him go. Nevertheless we are at peace knowing he is home and probably rode into the Pearly Gates on two wheels ready to give Heaven some Hell. We will all miss him so much. His heritage leaves behind some wonderful memories, remarkable kids and even more extraordinary grandkids and great grandkids. All of whom are honored and excited to carry on his passions, love and legacy.
Kris is proceeded in death by his parents Alfred and Cassie Krag and most recently his "Brother" Johnnie Ray Hughes.
Kris is survived by his two sisters Ann Marie "2E" Snitz and husband Barney of Euless, Texas and Susie Krag and husband Ken of Evansville, Indiana. Favorite cousin Diana Barron Cannon and husband Richard of Coldspring, Texas. His wife of 28 years Terri Krag. His children
David and wife Lisa Krag of Newcastle, Ok.
Bobby and wife Lisa Krag of Moore, Ok.
Grady Krag of Oklahoma City, Ok.
Kelly McCurtain and husband Ellis of Edmond, Ok.
Kristian Wilson and Husband Chris of Newcastle, Ok.
Austin Krag of Oklahoma City, Ok.
Tanner Krag and Rachel of Newcastle, Ok.
Jake Krag and Ashlie of Newcastle, Ok.
As well as 20 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren
Kris was invited to be buried at The Arlington National Cemetery but instead has always wanted to donate his body to science as did his father and mother. The family will honor this and upon repossession will spread his ashes over his favorite place … Lake Tenkiller. We pray his memory filled ashes touch all the fish we never caught growing up but he insisted were there.
In leu of flowers the family has requested everyone to Thank a Veteran, take that Harley ride and drink good whiskey. Life is short. Oorah!
We are deeply indebted to Hearts at Home and Oklahoma Hospice for helping our mom to honor his life request of never being placed in a nursing/ assisted home or hospital. That was very important to him. He was blessed with exceptional care, especially from Tina and Lou, over the last year to honor this wish along with amazing family team work so that he was happy and comfortable at home with his loved ones, grandkids and friends always coming and going visiting him.