Edwin M. Schraut, former part-time Jonesboro resident, and husband of the late Lillie L. Schraut, died Jan. 2, 2012, in a nursing home in Shoreview, Minn., a Minneapolis suburb.
He had been fighting cancer for several years and only spent a few weeks in assisted care. He is survived by longtime friend, co-worker and caregiver, Shirley Engberg.
Ed was born in Pierz, Minn., the youngest of the three children of Frank and Theresa (Leeb) Schraut. His brother, Frank J. Schraut, died in 1994, and his sister, Margaret, died as an infant. His late wife, the former Lillie Litsch, was a longtine resident of Jonesboro and had taught school in Clayton, Fulton, and Henry counties before her retirement.
Ed grew up in Pierz, where he worked in his father's blacksmith shop. After high school graduation, he attended the University of Minnesota, in Minneapolis where, in 1951, he earned a bachelor’s degree in physics, engineering and foreign languages.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, specializing in technical assignments. During his tour of duty, he was stationed at Atlanta Army Depot, Forest Park, Ga., where he met Lillie Litsch. Beginning in 1953, he held various engineering positions, as well as attending graduate school at Georgia Tech. After an honorable discharge, he continued graduate studies at the University of Minnesota, where he earned a master’s degree in 1956. Schraut completed graduate courses, but never completed his dissertation.
Ed enjoyed working in new areas of technology and was employed by Babcock & Wilcox’s atomic energy division, and he was involved in the early study of nuclear power devices. Later, he worked on naval guns and missle launchers at Northern Ordnance Inc. In 1963, he started working for Control Data Corporation on some of the first solid-state computers and related peripherals. He was involved in the creation of the first supercomputer.
At Control Data, he managed a department that documented computer systems and produced technical proposals and foreign translations. He retired in 1988, but continued working for a while as a part-time consultant for Control Data and other companies in Silicon Valley.
Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, at 2 p.m., in the Jonesboro Cemetery, where he will be buried beside his late wife.