William John Krause passed away on Thursday, May 18, 2023, at Essentia Health in Fargo, ND at the age of 93. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 23, 2023, from 1:00 PM-2:00 PM, followed by a 2:00 PM Funeral Service at Wyndmere Lutheran Church in Wyndmere, ND. Burial will follow the service at Elk Creek Cemetery in Wyndmere, ND.
William John Krause, son of Harry and Berniece (Scribner) Krause, was born March 24, 1930, in Belford Township. He attended school in Dexter Township through 6th grade until he left school to help work on the family farm.
On June 12, 1951, Bill married his lifelong love, Arlene Staroba, at Wyndmere Lutheran Church and from their union two sons were born. The family lived and farmed for many years in rural Wyndmere, and even won the Richland County Soil Conservation Award in 1979. Farming was near and dear to his heart, and he continued raising cattle until the age of 90.
A dedicated countryman, Bill served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He worked with the Military Police and was stationed in both France and Germany before being honorably discharged in 1953.
Community involvement was important to Bill, and he was active in numerous organizations; Wyndmere American Legion, Mantador VFW, Wyndmere Young Farmers, North Dakota Farm Bureau, Richland County Drain Board, Tri-County Water Board, North Dakota State Water Board, and Wyndmere Farmer’s Elevator Board – just to name a few!
Bill is survived by his two sons, David (Debbie) Krause of Wyndmere and Dale (Connie) Krause of Lidgerwood; grandchildren, William Krause, James (Bri) Krause, Nicole (Dustin) Herk, Casey (Alissa) Herbranson, Sarah Herbranson; great-grandchildren, Maya Herk, Laurel Herk, Deacon Krause, Jaylin Herbranson, Josie Herbranson, Claire Erickson, Dean Erickson; sisters, Lois Draper and Carole Chalupnik.
Preceded in death by his wife, Arlene; brother, Bruce Krause; brothers-in-law, Pat Draper, Donald Chalupnik, Ed Staroba, Ray Staroba; sister-in-law, Marion Staroba; nephew, Arlyn Staroba.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made out to the American Legion of Wyndmere, VFW of Mantador, or a charity of donor’s choice.