Lawrence “Bud” Krause, 98, of East Troy, passed away peacefully while at his home with his wife, JoAnn (nee Bramel). He was born in West Allis to the late Irene (nee Petroske) and Frank Krause.
He graduated from Nathan Hale High School. After graduation he enlisted in the Army Air Corp during World War II. During his enlistment he served with the 386th in various locations, including Iwo Jima. He started in a foxhole on Iwo, but also repaired P-51 airplanes.
When he returned home he worked for the U.S. Postal Service and was a proud union member for many years.
After he retired he took on a second career driving school bus for the East Troy School District. It was a career he loved and it never felt like work.
Happy to strike up a conversation with anyone anywhere. He was funny, sassy and mischievous.
A Catholic his entire life, he was a part of the local Knights of Columbus, and a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church.
He was a handy, creative and hard-working gentleman farmer. Bud was so handy that while he was stationed in Hawaii he managed to craft his own guitar.
In his free time he enjoyed bowling, snowmobiling, camping, skating, cross country and track. Most of all he enjoyed every moment with his family.
He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, JoAnn; daughters, Linda (David) Vanskyhawk, Sue (Keith) Weber, Kathy Fox, and Lori(Rich) Hintz; grandchildren, Shelly, Dean, Keith, Tammy, Matt, Nate, Jake, and Ryan; great-grandchildren, Alyssa, Jace, Luke, Lexie, Bryson, Ivan, Seth, Kylie, and Tori, nieces, nephews; other relatives and many friends including, Dan Fox, John and Jean Stephan, Jim Bira, and special friends, Darrell Ladish and Dana Rygiewicz.
He was further preceded in death by his sister, Lillian; and a brother-in-law, Gil Schubert.
The family extends a special thank you to ProHealth Care Hospice especially Dennis and Jennifer.
A funeral Mass was held at St. Peter’s Catholic Church.
Legacy Funeral Services, East Troy, has the honor of serving the family.