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Robert L. KrauseAugust 30, 2012
Troy - Robert L Krause died suddenly and peacefully in his home on August 30th, 2012, at the age of 88. Born in Troy on March 17, 1924 he was the beloved son of Alta Lockwood Krause and Otto GA Krause.
A lifelong resident of Troy, Bob grew up in Beman Park and graduated from Troy High School in the Class of 1942. A natural and gifted athlete he won the Troy Speed Skating Championship in 1942 and was a member of The Troy Ski Club.
His expertise as a skier led Bob to volunteer for the newly formed 10th Mountain Infantry Division, which was being trained to ski and mountain climb. He left for basic training, two months shy of his high school graduation. At Camp Hale, Colorado he served as a ski instructor for the new troops. Bob was wounded in the successful assault of Mount Belvedere, in the Italian Alps, on February 20th, 1944 for which he received the Purple Heart.
After a year's convalescence, Bob earned his Associates Degree at Paul Smith's College, in the first graduating Class of 1948. He went on to earn a BA in History from St. Lawrence University graduating in 1950.
Bob worked for Blue Cross Blue Shield for 32 years, beginning as a salesman in 1952, retiring in1984, as the manager of telephone sales. He had great memories of those years of skiing at Mad River Glen and playing tennis and golf at The Troy Country Club.
Despite losing his eyesight, in his retirement Bob loved fishing at The North Woods Club in The Adirondacks, martinis and working diligently on his suntan. He continued to make his annual fishing trip with his friends and his son Philip well into his 80's. At the age of 84, Bob caught and landed a 24 inch, 4.5 lb rainbow trout. His dear friend Martin Davis kept him active, taking him to meetings of The Top of the Hill Gang and lunches at The Troy Country Club. He remained active in the 10th Mountain Division Association, traveling with his steadfast friend Howard Sebald to events at Fort Drum, Lake Placid and Lake George. Bob loved the Adirondacks and returned faithfully to his reunions at Paul Smith's.
Bob and his family are ever thankful for all of the wonderful people who cared for him in his later years, his devoted home health aides Geril White and Mary Brown, his aide de camp, Jane Hansen, Maria Guadelupe, Petra Carbonaro, George Fisher and his right hand man, Bill Anslow.
Bob was predeceased by his wife of 51 years Margaret (Margo) Warncke Krause. He is survived by his children, Gwenllian Krause of Brooklyn, NY and William Philip Krause of Shrewsbury, MA; his daughter-in-law Rebecca Krause and grandchildren, Will and Emma Krause.
Friends may call at The Bryce Funeral Home, Inc. 276 Pawling Avenue Troy on Saturday, September 8th from 10am-12 noon. There will be service in Bob's memory at 12:00 at Bryce's, followed by a lunch reception. In lieu of flowers please send donations to The 10th Mountain Division Foundation, 133 South Van Gordon Street, Suite 200, Lakewood, Colorado 80228.