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Richard Dexter Krause passed away peacefully at his childhood home in Camas, WA on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. His wife and brother were by his side. He was born on May 31, 1941 to Dexter and Elsie Krause in Vancouver, Wa. Richard grew up in Camas, WA, and attended Camas High School. He played 3rd base on the baseball team and served as VP of the student council his senior year. He graduated high school in June of 1959, and went on to attend Community College for 2 years in pre-Engineering.
During the summer after community college he got married to Joyce Allen and moved to Pullman, WA where he attended WSU. His first two children, Robert Anthony Krause and Anna Lizette Krause, were born there on April 29, 1962 and December 17, 1963 respectively. Richard completed his degree with honors from the School of Agricultural Engineering in December 1963, and accepted a position with Del Monte in Honolulu, Hawaii. The family moved to Hawaii in February 1964 for him to pursue his career. The family stayed in Hawaii for almost 10 years, and during that time his youngest child Wendy Lynn Krause was born on March 5, 1971.
Richard's career took him and his family abroad to the Philippines in September of 1973 where he worked in pineapple canning operations and shipping for Del Monte Corporation. Ready to go back to the US, Richard took a position with U&I in his home state of Washington in the spring of 1975. Shortly thereafter they bought the farm on Iverson Road in Burbank, WA, which had been a long time dream of his. He and Joyce divorced in 1977, and he took a new opportunity with the Boise Cascade paper mill in Wallula, WA. It was close to home and allowed him to have more time to spend on his farming, which was good for him and his time with his kids.
During the years on the farm, he took up skiing as a winter past time, and eventually joined parents without partners and started dating.
Richard met his love Nancy Hall, through a parent without partners event. Richard and Nancy were married in December, 1986. Richard accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior and was baptized at Trinity Baptist Church in Burbank, WA in 1994. In 1997 Richard and Nancy sold the farm in Burbank. Around that time, they also began attending Calvary Chapel Tri-Cities in Kennewick. After the sale of the farm, Richard began work as a foreman at Chris Mehlenbacher Farms. He worked there for 5 years. Richard retired in 2003, and soon after suffered a stroke.
Richard and Nancy worked as a team in life and in ministry. They served at Calvary in the MOPS ministry, as well as the Ride Ministry, helping others commute to church. Richard is well remembered in his mentoring and service to younger people in the church and their children.
Richard enjoyed spending his time working outside with his bride, fishing, visiting with his friends at Friday Morning Breakfast, and eating lots of ice cream! Richard was known as a gentlemen. He was a godly man, and an amazing father and grandfather to his children, step-children, and his grandchildren. Richard is preceded in death by his youngest brother Kenneth J. Krause, who died in Vietnam, his father Dexter C. Krause, and his mother Elsie Krause.
He is survived by his wife Nancy, his children, Robert (Karen) Krause, Anna (Dean) Hooper, and Wendy Krause (Jim Aceret), step-children David (Melina) Hall, Teresa (John) McKinnon, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brother Fredric C. Krause (Barbara), and many cousins.
A memorial service will be held at Calvary Chapel Tri-Cities on Saturday, August 16th, at 1:00p.m.
Published in Tri-City Herald on Aug. 10, 2014