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Obituary for Richard (Dick) J. Krause

Richard (Dick) J. Krause, 87, of La Crosse passed away Monday, February 3, 2020 at his home. He was born February 10, 1932 in La Crosse to Alfred and Marquerite (Kriese). He attended La Crosse Aquinas High School before enlisting in the United States Air Force. Dick married Shirley Nelson in 1951. They later divorced. He then was united in marriage to Judy Rheineck in 1972. Dick was a man that had a smile for everyone; as a father his children were blessed beyond measure. Dick was a dedicated, hard worker; spending most of his career driving truck. After retiring from this, he worked bartending at the Arterial Tavern for many years to come, enjoying this as part of his retirement. Simply put, he truly lived his life to the fullest, and expressed in later years how happy he was with all he’d done through his life, and all the loving family that surrounded him. Dick was a member of the VFW, and a Lifetime member of the American Legion Post 52; including being a member on their honor squad for many of those years. Dick had various interests including his love for gardening and keeping a beautiful yard of flowers, golfing, bowling, shooting pool, or playing cards. Most importantly he held a deep love for his family and was a best friend to many of us. His children could not be any prouder to call him our Dad. Richard is survived by his daughters; Laureen (Tom) Phillips, Penny (Kenny Hanville) Curnutte and Sara (Scott Sherer) Dawson, sons; Rick Krause and Ron "Gopper" (Kelly) Krause, Grandchildren Benjamin Phillips, Bobbi (Rusty) Cragin, Megan and Kaitlyn Dawson, four great-grandchildren, two sisters Jackie McClintock, Judy (Geno) Mitby, two brothers Gary(Dian) and John(Joyce) Krause. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Donald "Tutz", Alfred "Bud", and Tom Krause, sister JoAnn Young, his special friend Judy DeLap, a special son in law Ken Dawson, and a dear nephew Daniel Mitby. Dick requested this poem be included in his obituary… Be not sorrowful that I am gone And my earthly life is done Be not sad I passed away, For in you, my children, I live each day There is a little of me in all of you. In each new one I live anew. So you see, I’ll never be really gone As long as there are children to carry on. I have had my share of love, sorrow, and strife I have lived a full and fruitful life. So do not mourn, and do not weep, For I have earned this peaceful sleep. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, February 8, 2020 at Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory-Woodruff Chapel, 4239 Mormon Coulee Rd., La Crosse. Friends may call on the family from 10am until the time of services. Full military honors will be conducted by American Legion Post 52 following the services. A luncheon and celebration of Dick’s life will follow at the American Legion Post 52. Memorials may be directed to American Legion Post 52 or the Daniel Mitby Diabetes Fund. To offer Richard's family online condolences please visit the funeral home website at