Delbert Eldon Krause, age 88, of Buffalo City, Wis., passed to his eternal home on Sunday, October, 28, 2018, at Gundersen Health in La Crosse, Wis., after a courageous fight with cancer, and with his son, Bradley, supporting him until the moment he left his earthly home. We are proud of the strength, determination and his motivation for choosing this battle.
Del was born on August 5, 1930, at home on the family farm in Alma, Wis., to Alex and Helene (Iwinski) Krause.
Delbert was united in holy matrimony with Lois Lowenhagen on May 26, 1951, in Pepin, Wis.
Delbert was a hard worker, his work ethic molded from his childhood, where he drove truck on the family farm at age eight to digging basements by hand at age 12. He drove truck for Krause Construction from age 13. Upon returning from service, he worked for Earl Blank building bridges. He also found employment with La Crosse Milling Company as well as Dairyland Power. With Krause Construction Delbert worked as head foreman and head mechanic. Before the decision was made to dissolve the family business, one last venture to take to completion was building the Tri-Oval Speedway in Fountain City, Wis.
Delbert proudly served his country in the Army as an Artillery Sergeant during the Korean War Conflict. He was especially honored to participate in the Freedom Honor Flight with his son, Ricky, on October 17, 2015.
Delbert was a member of Dr. Martin Lutheran Church in Buffalo City, Wis.
Delbert and Lois were blessed with four children, Lola (Paul) Longynoe of Buffalo City, Bradley (Cindy) Krause of Buffalo City, Ricky (Laurie) Krause of Trempealeau, Wis., and Lisa Krause.
Surviving Delbert are his six grandchildren, Travis Krause (Tiffany Pruka) of Buffalo City, Wis., Michael (Kayla) Krause of Winona, Minn., Shaun (Trista) Mann of Buffalo City, Wis., Alexis and Benjamin Krause of Trempealeau, Wis., and Jesse Horn of Buffalo City, Wis. Further surviving him are his seven great-grandchlldren, Ashley Krause, Trevor Krause, Parker, Gradon and Beckett Krause and Jase and Reese Mann. Del is also survived by special friends, Chad and Tammy Braaten.
In addition to his parents, Alex and Helene Krause, Delbert was preceded in death by his father and mother-in-law, William and Henrietta Lowenhagen; brother, Belmont (Virginia) Krause; nephew, Lanny Krause; niece, Cindy Krause; and his daughter, Lisa Krause.
A memorial service was officiated by Pastor Mark Wilde on Thursday November 1, 2018, at Talbot Funeral Horne in Cochrane, Wis. A special thanks to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post #10406, for the tribute with military honors. We are humbled by you patriotism and dedication. Burial was in the Buffalo City Cemetery. The service was private, honoring Delbert’s wishes.
Delbert’s family wishes to thank the care team at Gundersen Health for their compassionate care during his final days.
Thank you Delbert for all you have taught us through the years and for affirming to us that you successfully made your journey home!