Robert R. Krause
{ "" }
Share
Share Robert's life story with friends and family
Send an Email
Or Copy this URL to Share
Robert Richard Krause (Bobby Banko) 71, of Allentown, peacefully passed away on Sunday January 10, 2021. Born in Allentown, Bobby was the son of the late H. Richard and Clare M. (O'Donnell) Krause. Bobby proudly served his country as a 2nd Lt. in the 82nd Airborne division at Fort Bragg and then attended officers training candidate school. Once deployed to Vietnam, Bobby was a 1st Lt. and platoon leader of the 8th engineer battalion, first cavalry air mobile division. Along with serving his country, Bobby was a Teamster for Local #830 while working at Banko Beverage in Allentown for 33 years prior to his retirement. Bobby, a proud lifetime member of the Hogan's Social Club, in his free time enjoyed socializing, golfing and traveling including frequent visits to Las Vegas, Myrtle Beach, and California. Volunteering for the William Allen Girls Basketball Team brought him joy by giving back to the community during his retirement. Bobby was not one to be short on words or a story, constantly trying to put a smile on the faces of those he met. He was the type of individual who would willingly take the shirt of his own back to give to someone in need. Robert was survived by his children: Amy, Chuck and his wife Jen, Beth and her companion Chris Giacobbe. His grandchildren: Kile, Maia, Jeremy and Avery. His Siblings: Susan, Billy (companion Barbara), Kathy (wife of Larry Springer), Ricky, Michael (his wife Jill) and his brother Jackie. His nieces and nephews: Matthew (his wife Stacey), Melanie (wife of Avi Kambhampati), Nick, Taylor, Alex, and Kristen. His great nieces and nephews: Amelia, Rosie and Ashwin. Bob was preceded in death by his twin siblings, Timothy & Margaret. A special thanks towards the numerous caregivers of DevonHouse and the L.V. Family Pillars Hospice Care, for their wonderful care and compassion of Bobby in the last years of his life. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Bob's name to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or Lehigh Valley Veterans History Project, 204 S. 17th St. Allentown, Pa 18104. Bobby requested there be no services but that he be remembered as the man he was, and that he leave a lasting memory with his infamous line. "I always make people happy, some when I'm coming and some when I'm going." A Toast in the memory of Bobby Banko and a celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to the O'Donnell Funeral Home, Allentown.

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in Morning Call from Jan. 13 to Jan. 17, 2021.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
No memorial events are currently scheduled. To offer your sympathy during this difficult time, you can now have memorial trees planted in a National Forest in memory of your loved one.
MAKE A DONATION
Please consider a donation, as requested by the family.
Memories & Condolences
Guest Book sponsored by O'Donnell Funeral Home Inc
Not sure what to say?
View Printed Guest Book
27 entries
January 24, 2021
My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I would see Bobby with my parents at the Hogans (Bob & Lorraine). Bobby always had lots of stories. Now hey are all celebrating in the heavens. God bless.
Staci Morrissey (Smith)
Friend
January 22, 2021
Beth and Amy,
My condolences on the loss of your father. He seems he was quite a man
Karen Goldner
Friend
January 18, 2021
It is sad to hear of Bobby’s passing. Deepest condolences to the Krause family. I’m sure Bobby is toasting a few with family and friends in Heaven.
Paul Ingram
Friend
January 18, 2021
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Joyce Faurl and Bill Wexler
Friend
January 17, 2021
Prayers for your family.Banko Bobby was Pepsi Bobby earlier. He was the friendliest route service guy I ever met.During the Coke Pepsi Wars he was still telling jokes and busting but.Never a nasty word.Always upbeat!He always set the bar!Your energy and laughs will be missed but not forgotten. RIP My old friend.
Robert W Erie
Friend
January 17, 2021
To the Krause family,
May you have peace and comfort during this difficult time. We wish you smiles as you remember the happy times you shared with Bobby. May he rest in peace.
Joe and Mary Ann Turri
Family
January 16, 2021
Beth and Family
Your Dad was the greatest! He will surely be missed and you have many happy memories, I know I do! Anyone who knew him will smile when his name is mentioned! Diane Grate
Diane Grate
Friend
January 15, 2021
My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Bobby had a heart of gold and would have done anything for anyone. He was very proud of his children. Rest in peace Bobby.
Sharon Peacock
Friend
January 14, 2021
I have not seen Bobby for years, but I remember many years of fun. Golfing trips and bowling. RIP Bobby..
Steve Tinsley
Friend
January 14, 2021
To the Krause Family,
Sorry to hear of the passing of Bob. Though it has been many years since I saw him, I remember his smile and the good time we had at ACCHS. Rest in peace and I will toast to his memory and service.
Jim Duffy
James J. Duffy Jr
Classmate
January 13, 2021
Rest in peace krausey . We will have a Manhattan together when I get there
Joe marino
Coworker
January 13, 2021
I was so sorry to hear about Bob. I have so many memories of him and all of John’s friends from the “terrace.” My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Donna Sook
Friend
January 13, 2021
Bobby, Gonna miss you but I know that you and Rd eye are getting back together ans I find comfort in that. You were a good person with a big heart always there to help and lend support. You raised good kids and the world will miss you but you are in a better place free from pain. Semper Fi my friend
joe szvetitz
Friend
January 13, 2021
God Bless Bobby. We had great times and a lot of fun in our youth hanging out in the neighborhood with all our friends. May Bobby Rest In Peace and all his family and friends enjoy the time and memories shared with him over the years. Thank you Bobby for your service to the country, your friendship to me, and the love you gave to your family.
Jay Stevenson
Friend
January 13, 2021
Dear Krause family, So sorry to see that Bobby passed ,we had many good times at the steps but everybody had to grow up and move on.Bobby is in a better place and is done with his suffering and pain here on earth.Bobby until we meet again"Airborne all the way"
Tom & Eileen Kloss
Friend
January 13, 2021
Dear Krause Family,
Bob was such a nice guy. He will be missed. So sorry for your loss.

Love, Ken and Sharon (O'Connor) Isaac
Ken Isaac
Friend
January 13, 2021
Condolences from the Gardne family to the Krause family. May God bless
John Gardner
Family
January 13, 2021
Bobby will be missed by a whole lot of people, especially his cousins. Rest in heaven Bobby, be at peace!! MJ
Maryjane Spang/Bierly
Family
January 13, 2021
Bob & I ran together as kids growing up in the west end of Allentown. AS kids, his ho,e was like my second home and I remember playing in the "woods" behind Raub junior high school. We shared many great times through St. Catherine's grade school and into and through Central Catholic. I'm enclosing a picture I got from another old friend of Bob's, Jay Stevenson, from a fun time we all had on Lake Wallenpaupack. Bob is in the last row in the boat on the left. May God hold him in the palm of His hand until we meet again.
Jack O'Brien
Friend
January 13, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with Bobby’s family. I worked with Bobby at Pepsi. He was a straight up honest guy. Rest with the angels friend.
Rod Llewellyn
Friend
January 13, 2021
Dear Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Bobbert as the kids called him was a big part of our family too. I will always remember him with a smile.
Susan A Pammer
Friend
January 13, 2021
My condolences to the Krause family. I met Bobby in the late 70s working at a beer distributor. Always pleasant and kind in his demeanor and his words. Later on, we met up again at an annual golf outing where we rekindled old times n memories. Never forgotten! May God give you all the strength to get through these difficult moments.
Joseph Barchini
Friend
January 13, 2021
Thank you for your service to our country.

Rest In Peace.
January 13, 2021
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Sean Ferguson
Friend
January 13, 2021
Bobby was a very funny guy, with a great sense of humor, but very dry. You had to know Bobby to appreciate it, special thanks, for the good times shared, at the Hogans.
Eddie Eagan
Friend
January 13, 2021
His sense of humor, which was funny and very dry. You definitely had to know him, to appreciate it. Thanks Bobby
Eddie Eagan
Friend
January 12, 2021
Sir,
Thank You for Your service to our country.

H onorable
E xemplary
R espected
O utstanding

God Bless You!
God be with your family!

Sincerely,
A Grateful US Citizen
Invite others to add memories
Share to let others add their own memories and condolences