Klaus Krause
1941 - 2020
Klaus Krause
Feb. 17, 1941-July 9, 2020
Resident of Santa Clara
Devoted family man and a world-class technical writer and editor, Klaus W. Krause, age 79, died peacefully in his sleep at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto on July 9, 2020. His death was caused by complications from sarcoma cancer.
Klaus was born during World War II on February 17, 1941, in Rosenbühl, Germany. In 1951, he immigrated to the United States with his mother, Barbara, and his stepfather, Herbert Krause. They first settled in Denver where their sponsor, Barbara's brother, lived. Later, they moved to Los Angeles, and then to nearby San Gabriel, where Klaus completed grammar school and Mission High School. He was valedictorian and editor of the school yearbook at Mission High.
Klaus attended UC Berkeley, graduating with a bachelor's degree in physics and a master's degree in English. In 1962, during his senior year, he met the love of his life, Ann Petersen. They married in February of 1965.
From 1966 to 1970, Klaus served in the U.S. Air Force as an English instructor at the Air Force Academy Prep School in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This school provides a year of English and math instruction to enlisted airmen so they can pass the College Board exams and be admitted to the Air Force Academy itself. In January of 1968, Klaus and Ann's son Steve was born at the Air Force Academy Hospital.
In 1970, Klaus and family moved back to California where Klaus began his career as a technical writer and editor. He started at a company in Southern California, followed by a move in 1972 to Northern California where he worked for Kaiser Engineers in Oakland. In 1976, he began working for SRI International (formerly Stanford Research Institute) in Menlo Park. For over 31 years at SRI, he was a stellar technical writer and editor, much loved by all who worked with him. After his retirement in 2008, he continued to do editing at SRI on a part-time basis.
Klaus loved his family. He and Ann were married for over 55 years. They enjoyed visiting often with Steve, Jacqueline, and their 14-year-old daughter, Ava, who all live close by.
A classical music aficionado, Klaus also loved the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and other folk and new age music groups. He continued to have an interest in physics and the big questions about the universe. An inveterate techie, Klaus helped friends and family set up their computers. After retirement, he and Ann traveled widely.
Everyone who met Klaus was impressed most of all with his kindness. Though he had a brilliant mind and world-class editing skills, he was never condescending and treated everyone with warmth and understanding.
People wanting to honor Klaus's memory can donate to Destination Home, a charity that works to end homelessness in Silicon Valley. A Zoom memorial service will be scheduled in early August. For more information about the service, go to bit.ly/kk-memorial.

View the online memorial for Klaus Krause
To plant trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published by San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Jul. 21, 2020.
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.
Sponsored by San Jose Mercury News.
Add a Message

Not sure what to say?

13 Entries
I was just thinking of Klaus the other day and how it felt like it might be coming up on his 1 year anniversary. It makes me so sad he is gone and my heart goes out to Ann. Klaus was such a great man, humble, kind, smart, helpful. I miss him very much.
Laura Nuno
July 15, 2021
We send all our love and blessings to Ann and the entire family. What a privilege to have had such a friend in our lives!
Swami Satyananda and Shree Maa
July 15, 2021
I can not tell you how sorry I missed the Klaus's memorial service today. I really wanted to be there. Klause was so considerate and full of surprises. When I was young, I always though of Klaus of just liked symphonies and operas, but he surprised me one day by asking if he had bought the Beatle's White Album yet. His taste in music and all things in life was deserve; he had a open mind willing to try new things like when he took a healing class. KLaus may have looked conservative, but he was from from it. And most important, he had a open heart. Healso had a playful side that many people may not know about like when he proposed to Ann he gave her a very large box for Christmas. She opened it to find another box and then another and another until it came down to a very little box which he had place the ring and them he go down on his knee and proposed to Ann. An and Klaus were made for each other. Never has any to people fit so well together and have been so supported of each others ideas and life. He will be missed greatly and even tho' he did live a long good life, I still think he went too soon.
Mary McGowan
August 1, 2020
Tina Stanford
August 1, 2020
My husband, Brian, and I were fortunate to meet Klaus and Ann at their niece's birthday celebration. We sat with them and had such a pleasant evening of interesting conversation. My husband and he found a common interest in math and he and Ann were invited to attend a math function at SCU that my husband was sponsoring. We met again at another Nuno gathering and once again, both Klaus and Ann were so welcoming and genuine with their attention. He was truly not only a very talented man, but also a very kind spirit. I wish that we had gotten to know him even better. He will be missed by many.
Janet and Brian Conrey
July 30, 2020
Klaus had a profound impact on me in so many ways--including stylistics, of course. Mostly, he was such a skillful guide and uplifting colleague. I always looked forward to spending time with him, learning from him, and seeing his kindly countenance. Hard to believe I last saw so him so long ago, when he retired from SRI, but he stays with me the way a great mentor does, shaping how I think about writing and also about how we best care for others while helping them develop new strengths. Godspeed, dear soul!
Vera Michalchik
July 30, 2020
I enjoyed our discussions on history and grammar lessons. You will be greatly missed by myself and those who were blessed to know you.

PS: The Acura Integra you sold me provided years of driving for me and was passed down to my younger sister. Thank you!
July 28, 2020
Klaus was an amazing colleague and was such a wonderful mentor. I worked with him for many years and learned so much from him. He was an excellent teacher and had the patience and kindness to lend help to us all in so many ways beyond his marvelous editing skills. I am blessed for having had the honor of working with him. He will forever be in my memories.

I wish peace for Anne and Steve and the rest of your family. Klaus will be missed by all who were graced by his presence.
Amy Lewis
July 27, 2020
For 20 years at SRI Klaus was my colleague, my friend, and my teacher (although I never learned how to not split my infinitives!). i will miss him, remembering his sweet kindness.
Ted Lyman
July 23, 2020
Kind, patient, dedicated, extremely intelligent are the words I'd describe Klaus. The loving devotion and companionship he and his wife Ann enjoyed served as a beautiful example of marriage for all to see, providing a much needed breath of fresh air in broken times. He's dedication to family did not stop with Ann, son Steve and granddaughter Ava, but extended to the larger family like myself his niece and my children. Klaus was the man to call with computer issues, help with school essays or anything scholarly. His great expertise and knowledge coupled with is patience, helped guide many of us through life challenges. Klaus always contributed and had a knack of putting others needs before his own. We always had wonderful family photos at gatherings without him, since he was the photographer. Photography being another talent he possessed. I always enjoyed the pictures he and Ann would post of their adventures to other lands, and hikes to breathtaking scenery. Klaus lived a full life of love, devotion to family, adventure and forever learning, that truly inspired those around him. He will be missed dearly. I am so sorry Ann and family for his passing. God be with you. Love, Laura
July 22, 2020
Klaus was a fine gentle man, and it was a privilege to consider him as a friend. We send him all our love, and blessings for the entire family.
Swami Satyananda
July 22, 2020
I did not know Klaus, but I am sorry for your loss of such an outstanding person who graduated with my sister from San Gabriel Mission High School. I live here in the South Bay also so read of his life in our newspaper. Thank you so very much for sharing all that was in the paper; I have shared with my sister. We were the Bullard girls with Mildred being just a year behind me and in Klaus' class. She did know him but not well as the girls were in a separate wing of the high school.
Klaus has been a very special blessing from God to the community I live in. Thank you for sharing. God bless. Charlotte in Los Gatos
July 21, 2020
My condolences to the family . May you find comfort in your treasured memories
and Gods promise to return our loved ones . 1st Thessalonians 4 : 13 & 14 .
July 18, 2020
Showing 1 - 13 of 13 results