Retired Army Lt. Col. Morris Kraisel, 70, who had served as a civilian and military purchasing officer died of cancer Wednesday at the Collings - wood Nursing Center in Bethesda.
He had been transferred there on Tuesday from Walter Reed Army Hospital, where he had been a patient since May. He had lived in Merritt Island, Fla. since 1974.
Born in Washington. Col. Kraisel was a graduate of George Washington University Law School. He was a member of the District and Virginia bars.
He practiced law briefly here before be was called to active duty from the Army Reserves on Dec. 1. 1940
Col. Kraisel. who was attached to the quartermaster corps. helped train troops at FL Lee, Va. During the war he was stationed in the Aleutian Islands and Anchorage Alaska.
Discharged from active duty in August, 1945. he came back to Washington. He and his first wife, Julia Treger now of Hollywood, Fla., owned and operated Tregers Suburban Liquor Store in the Deanwood section of the city.
Col. Kraisel went back on active military duty in 1948. He was stationed in Europe, Seattle, Japan and Okinawa, where he retired in 1957. He remained with the Department of the Army there as a civilian nt in 1964, when he returned to Washington.
He was a past commander of Post No. 58 of the Jewish War Veterans. a life member of Washington Centernnial Lodge No. 14 of the Masons and a member of the Shrine and the Elks.
In the 1930s. Col. Kraisel had been a Sunday school teacher and president of the Young People's League of Blnai Israel Synagogue.
While on duty in Japan, he became an accomplished student of Japanese flower arrangement and taught at the Research Institute of Ikenoba College in Kyoto.
Surviving are his second wife, Sue, of the home in Merritt Island: a son. Leonard W. of Hollywood. Fla.: a brother. Hyman, of Merritt Island, and three sister. Shirley Mendelson and Jeanne Worth. both of Silver Spring, and Sally Whelan, of Chevy Chase.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy may be in the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society.