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Raymond Earl Krause
March 20, 1931 ~ December 20, 2023 (age 92) 92 Years Old
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Called home by the Lord on December 20, 2023. Beloved husband of Esther B. Krause nee Marting for 66 years. Devoted father of William (Jessica and the late Sharon) Krause, Gary Krause and the late Robert Krause. Dear grandfather of Matthew (Sharayah). Affectionate great-grandfather of Dylan and Cadenza. Loving son of the late Raymond J. and Margaret nee Farbelow Krause. He held management positions for 35 years with Allied Tire and Battery in Bridgeport, Trost Hobby and Modelcraft in Brighton Park, and Catholic Charities on South Halsted. Born in Chicago on March 20, 1931, he grew up in the Fuller Park neighborhood and graduated in 1948 from Tilden Tech and in 1957 from Valparaiso University. He was a member of Lambda Rho Tau, which later merged into Lambda Chi Alpha, and became a regular presence at fraternity homecoming reunions for 60 years, organizing events and coordinating online newsletters. He served from 1953 to 1956 in the Army, learning Russian at the Army Language School in Monterey and serving in the U.S. and Europe. He served as an elder for decades at Chicago's Nazareth Lutheran Church and Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, and taught Sunday School to 5th- and 6th-grade boys for many years at Nazareth, where he was also elected congregation president and a trustee at various points, and was occasionally a congregation delegate to district and national convocations. He was also a member of the Bethania Cemetery Association board in the 1980s. Becoming involved in the Burbank American Little League soon after moving to Burbank in 1964, he served as league president ten years between 1969 and 1989, and as a league officer or coach into the 2000s, also umpiring games well into his retirement, and remained a board member until his death. One of the league's players while he was president, Jim Adduci, is currently Manager of Elite Baseball Operations for the White Sox. In 1978, his seventh year as president, the league's team advanced to the Senior League World Series before losing the championship game 3-2 to Taiwan. The league named its junior league field for him in the 1990s. He was inducted into the league's Hall of Fame in 1969, and the Tilden Tech Alumni Hall of Fame in 2009. In 1980, he was one of several residents honored by Burbank for their civic contributions on the city's tenth anniversary.