Robert Frederick Krause

KRAUSE Robert Frederick Krause, of Dublin, OH, passed away unexpectedly, Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at his summer residence on Otsego Lake in Gaylord, Michigan. Robert or "Bob", as he was better known, passed away peacefully of a massive heart attack in the waters of Otsego Lake after tending to a loose back end of his float boat. Bob was born on May 10, 1926 in Warren, Ohio. At the age of 18, during the time of World War II, he enlisted in the Navy. He began his military service at the Great Lakes Naval Training Academy and was later sent to Miami University for training as a naval officer. At Miami University, he became a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity and played baseball on the university team. After graduating from Miami he attended Ohio State University in Pre-Med for 2 years. He began his executive career at Ohio Boxboard in Rittman, Ohio. He then went on to become vice president of Packaging Corporation of America and the President of Sommerville-Belkin Packaging, an international packaging company based in Toronto, Ontario. In 1946, Robert met his loving bride, Dorothy Wilce and in 1950 they were married. Together, they raised 3 beautiful children: Anne Woodworth Krause, Susan "LD" Alderson and Robert Frederick Krause, Jr., known to his family as "Petey". The family resided in many places including White Plains, NY, Akron, Novelty, Hudson and Dayton, OH, as well as Mississauga, Ontario. Every year, the family would travel to their summer cottage in St. John Cove on Otsego Lake in Michigan and spend the summer months boating, fishing, golfing and enjoying the sunshine and cool waters of the lake. Bob loved traveling to Colorado to visit his daughters and to ski Vail, Beaver Creek and Keystone and to spend time in the winter with his family in Naples, FL. An avid golfer, on any given day, Bob could be found teeing off at one of his many beloved golf courses and was able to fulfill his dream of playing the Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland. This was a pastime he was able to share and pass along to his son. As the son-in-law of the late Dr. John W. "Jack" Wilce, former head football coach for the Ohio State Buckeyes, Bob was as passionate about Buckeye football as any one man could be. Having spent many games in the seats of the Ohio Stadium, there will forever be a missing piece in that horseshoe-shaped stadium each time the Buckeyes charge the field on game day. In the weeks prior to his passing, Bob was able to enjoy one last summer in the company of his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in Michigan. As the family's patriarch, he, complete with his navy blue Captain's hat, took his place as the captain of their float boat, taking the family on leisurely boat rides around the lake. With his wonderful sense of humor and quick wit, he always had a one-liner at the ready at get-togethers, meals out and boat rides. He kept everyone laughing. He left his family with priceless memories of a life well-lived and a family that was loved immensely. Bob is preceded in death by his eldest daughter Anne Woodworth Krause. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Dorothy Wilce Krause; daughter, Susan "LD" Krause Alderson (John) of Eagle, Colo.; and his son, Robert Krause, Jr. ( Valerie) of Atlanta, GA. Other surviving family members include his grandchildren, Meghan Lombardi Barton (Travis) of Gypsum, CO, Sarah Alden Lombardi of Grand Junction, CO, Teague Alexander Alderson of Eagle, CO; and his great-grandchildren, Braden Woodworth Barton, Annie Jane Barton and Ryan James Lombardi. A Celebration of Life will be held 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at the Burkhart Chapel at First Community Church in Marble Cliff, followed by a reception at the family's home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bob's favorite charity, St. Jude's Children's Hospital. The family would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of love and affection during this time of loss and wishes to leave you with these words: A family with one less is not a family that is broken, it is a family that is held together by hearts and souls that span the distance from Heaven to Earth.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Nov. 12, 2012