The Family of Johnathan "Jayce" Kraus is deeply saddened to announce his passing on July 16, 2023, due to complications from Type 1 Diabetes.
Jayce will be remembered by his father, John Kraus Jr., his mother, Susan (Joseph) Blood, his sister Lauren (Austin) Jackson and his two nephews Ellis and Edwin Jackson. He also leaves behind a large and loving extended family.
Jayce was born on May 8, 1998. He had a deep love of music from an early age, which led him to 5 years of guitar lessons, starting at age 8. He was very adept at playing music by ear and loved to strum to tunes by his favorite bands: The Beatles, The Ramones, Foo Fighters, Green Day, Metallica and Shinedown, just to name a few. His love of guitar was the springboard to 4 years playing upright bass in his high school orchestra. He was a delight to watch, as his body language and facial expressions mirrored his love for his music.
Jayce was also an avid fan of both baseball and hockey. He cheered on the Chicago Cubs during baseball season and rooted for the Las Vegas Golden Knights when hockey season began. He amassed a very large collection of hockey jerseys and had the opportunity to see his Golden Knights play in Las Vegas this past March.
After graduating Portage Northern High School in 2017, Jayce was undecided on a career. In the interim, he held positions at Pizza Hut, Jimmy Johns, Landscape Forms and most recently, City BBQ. During his time away from work, he could be found playing his guitar, attending concerts, riding his skateboard, relaxing by bonfires, enjoying sports, playing video games and spending time with his family.
A celebration of Jayce's life will be held later this year.
Memorial donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. While visiting Jayce’s webpage at www.amsfuneralhomes.com please sign the guestbook and/or sharing a memory with the family.
The family is being assisted by the Avink Funeral Home & Cremation Society, 129 S. Grand St. in Schoolcraft. 269 679-5622
"Though I know I'll never lose affection
for people and things that went before
I know I'll often stop and think about them
In my life, I love you more."
-The Beatles- In My Life.