James “Jim” L. Krause, 73, died Sunday, December 16, 2018.
He was born May 15, 1945, in Wausau, son of the late Anton and Elizabeth (Sekorski) Krause. On September 23, 1967 he married Patricia Baumann at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Halder. She survives.
Jim not only worked as a dedicated farmer, but had a true passion for it. He was proud to be the third-generation farmer on the Krause family farm and witness it being passed on to his son, the fourth generation, to make it a Century Farm. Even after his retirement, you could find him driving the tractor to assist his son in the daily operations. Throughout his farming career, he served on the St. John Catholic School Board, Edgar Co-op Board, Pine Valley Co-op Board, Tri County Co-op Board and was a member of the Edgar FFA Alumni and American Legion Post 192. He served his country in the United States Army Reserves. In his younger years, he enjoyed playing baseball for the Marathon County Baseball League, as well as other various leagues. After retirement in 2011, he enjoyed many trips with his wife. His favorite pastimes consisted of attending his grandchildren’s school and sporting events, and competitive games of bean bags or horseshoes. Jim also loved fishing any chance he could, especially with his brother and best friend, Bob. Jim always had a positive outlook on life, enjoyed the simple things of life and made a new friend everywhere he went.
Survivors include his wife, Pat Krause, Edgar; children, Paul (Jodi) Krause, Edgar, Barb (Mark) Krautkramer, Marathon, Janet (Chad) Johnson, Cindy (Corey) Braunel both of Walla Walla, Washington and Keith (Katie) Krause, Cortez, Colorado; grandchildren, Andrea (Mason) Reinhardt, Katelyn and Natalie Krause, Spencer, Preston and Hope Krautkramer, Chase, Sam and Noah Braunel; his first great-grandchild expected this spring; siblings, Roseann (Ernie) Soczka, Bob (Kay) Krause, Linda (LaVern) Franke and Bill (Kathy) Krause, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
The funeral Mass will be celebrated 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 22, 2018 at St. John Catholic Church, Edgar. Rev. Thomas Huff and Rev. Robert Streveler will preside. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at St. John Catholic Church, Edgar and again on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at the church.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial is being established in Jim’s name.
Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Edgar, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com