The Rev. Edwin George Krause, 84, of DeKalb, Ill., saw His Savior's face Wednesday, July 14, 2010. |
Born Sept. 27, 1925, in Chicago, to George and Adella (Reinke) Krause, he married Hildegarde Thalmann of Haven, Kan., in 1953. The couple had three children: the Rev. Kenneth (Julie) and Jeannette (Thomas) Newton, both of Rockford, and Debra (Steven) Weber, of Kalamazoo, Mich. After Hildegarde's death in 2001, he married Gladys Suelflow of St. Louis, Mo., in 2002.
He graduated from Luther Institute of Chicago in 1943, and Concordia College, Milwaukee, in 1947, with an emphasis in languages. He continued his studies at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, and earned a Master of Divinity in 1952, followed by a Master of Sacred Theology in 1953. Since 2009, he has been pursuing a doctorate at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.
Along with serving his Lord as pastor at Concordia Lutheran Church of Machesney Park from 1953-1960, then at Immanuel Lutheran in DeKalb since 1960, the Rev. Krause taught courses at a number of colleges and universities, as well as the Hallstrom Homeschool Workshops in Rockford.
Along with his study of Scripture, he loved literature, especially Shakespeare, and could be called upon with a quote from the bard on any occasion.
His interests were varied and numerous, and included gardening, hymn-writing, humor and enlivening those around him.
An astute observer of God's creation and lover of people, he truly anticipated and enjoyed each new day as a gift from his Lord.
Survivors include his children; grandchildren, Lindsay Wagner, Portage, Mich., Brandon Newton, Chicago, Allison (John) Boettcher, Portage, Mich., Courtney Newton, Chandler, Ariz., Brittany Newton, Cedar Falls, Iowa, Katherine Krause, Rockford, Ashley Weber, Kalamazoo, Mich., Joel and Alyssa Newton and Rachel and Sarah Krause, all of Rockford; great-grandchildren, Xavier and Parker Wagner, Emma and Ethan Boettcher, Portage, Mich.; brother, Richard (Dorothy) Krause; sister, Ada (Fletcher) Johnson; sister-in-law, Betty Thalmann; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wives; grandson, Nicholas Weber; brother-in-law, Erwin Thalmann; and sister-in-law, Marguerite Thalmann.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 23, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 511 Russell Road, DeKalb, with the Rev. Ray Krueger officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Park Cemetery in DeKalb. Visitation will be from 5-9 p.m. Thursday, July 22, at the church and from noon Friday until the time of services at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Rev. E. George Krause Memorial Fund in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, DeKalb, IL 60115. For information, call 815-756-1022 or visit AndersonFuneralHomeLtd.com.