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KRAUSE, Keith E.

Keith E. Krause passed away in his sleep on the morning of February 12, 2014 at the age of 79, after a long illness. Keith was born in Burwell, Nebraska on August 31, 1934. He spent 26 years as an Air Force fighter pilot and retired in Austin, Texas, as a Lieutenant Colonel. For the next ten years, he worked for the state of Texas until health challenges forced him to retire. Despite his declining health, Keith lived to the fullest of his ability for the next 21 years. He stayed as mentally sharp as ever to the end, and never lost his sense of humor.

Keith grew up in Peetz, Colorado with his five fantastic younger brothers Don Krause, Spencer, Ron, Phil and Jerry Cronk. As the eldest son in a difficult time, he was a role model for his younger brothers. Keith was kind and generous in this role. He paved the way by going to college and working hard, helping his parents and his brothers.

Keith met his soul mate, Mary, in Lubbock, Texas, while he was stationed at Reese AFB as a flight instructor. They married and embarked on a grand adventure that lasted over five decades as they traveled the world and raised their two children, Kathy and Kerry. Keith and Mary were an excellent team; they supported each other and inspired their children to do well. Kathy and Kerry both followed in the military tradition by serving in the US Navy before starting their careers in medicine and high tech.

Keith had a long and honorable career in the Air Force. He was a decorated combat pilot, a strong leader and friend to many. In 1965, he was deployed to the Vietnam War, where he flew over 100 missions. He later taught combat defensive maneuvers at Bergstrom AFB, and served as Chief of Flight Safety in Europe.

Keith is survived by his wife, Mary Darby Krause, his daughter Katherine Farady and son-in-law Michael Farady, his son Kerry Krause and daughter-in-law Carrie Krause, his grandchildren Allison, Emily and Ben Krause, his brothers Don, Spence, Ron, Phil, and Jerry and their wives, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, friends and neighbors. He was an extraordinary husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, and will be greatly missed.

The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to all of the neighbors and friends who have helped Keith over the years, with his many healthcare appointments and with lots of visits to the house. They would also like to thank Dr. Richard Helmer and the staff at Texas Oncology for their kindness and care, and Dr. David Morledge and his staff for their compassionate care over the years.

A celebration of Keith's life will be held at the Hampton Inn Oak Hill hotel in Austin, Texas on February 22nd at 11:00 am. A military service will be held at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio on February 24th at 2:15 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to a veterans' .
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Feb. 20 to Feb. 21, 2014
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