OBITUARY

Albert Collins Krause

March 21, 1931August 19, 2018
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Albert Collins "Pete" Krause passed away at his home on August 19, 2018, surrounded by family. The oldest of two sons, Pete was born on March 21, 1931, in Anaconda, Montana to Frances and Albert Krause.

Pete's early life was shaped by the hard work on the family dairy farm in upstate New York where he learned the importance of attending to the job that needed doing no matter how difficult or tiring. His ability to tackle a challenge and see it through would come to define Pete Krause. The rhythms of the farm gave way to the drumbeat of the Marine Corps, which Pete joined in 1950. His positive attitude and character led him to the ranks of the aviators where he served his country piloting both prop and jet aircraft until1958.

A 30-year career with Braniff Airways followed his military service where he attained the rank of captain. In the days before cockpits were equipped with computers, Pete flew routes to South America, expertly guiding his aircraft through the mountainous and challenging terrain during the airline's glory days of international flights. Pete worked with skill, quiet confidence, humility in his talents, and a personal code of ethical conviction that drew people to him.

While working for Braniff, Pete found time to serve his fellow citizens as a three-term mayor of Euless, Texas from 1968 to 1974. Fittingly, Pete was mayor during the completion and opening of DFW International Airport. He also worked as an instructor for Airbus jet manufacturers in both Miami, FL and Toulouse France, which was pure joy for Pete who was a foodie before there was such a thing.

Despite his successes in the airline industry, Pete’s favorite times were with his beloved wife Patricia Branch Krause “Patty” and their eight children. He and Patty would have been married 65 years on August 22.

Pete did not reserve his love to just his immediate family, countless others benefitted from his generous spirit. The Krause home was often open for business: holidays and special occasions always saw extra places set at the table.

Pete is preceded in death by his daughter Lisa Martin, and his grandsons Gregory Krause MD, Jacob Martin, and Collin Richards. He is survived by his wife Patty, their children Margaret, Susan, Peter, Dean, Marianne, Rebecca, and Matthew, fifty-five grandchildren and great-grandchildren and his brother David, David’s wife Wanda and their children.

By the grace of the God whom he called Father, Pete has now been welcomed home...the good and faithful servant.

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Services

  • Visitation Monday, August 27, 2018
  • Rosary Monday, August 27, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, August 28, 2018
  • Committal Service Tuesday, August 28, 2018
REMEMBERING

Albert Collins Krause

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Nancy Ewing

November 8, 2018

So sorry for your loss. Condolences to the Krause Family. Met the Family many years ago and you all were so kind.

Dan Burton

August 30, 2018

Always enjoyed my flights with Pete. Great Pilot, Person and Patriot. Will be missed by all.

Semper Fi,

Dan Burton

John Luna

August 27, 2018

Pete and Pat are our long time role models. Pete was always happy and and shared stories with words of wisdom and lots of laughter. Pete was an awesome gentleman and a man of true honesty and integrity , knowing Pete was a privilege ,honor and a blessing. Go with God , our friend.

John & Lorraine Luna

Carol Wortham

August 26, 2018

I became an honorary Krause by way of Dean and Nancy's marriage, and recall many, many wonderful times in the presence of Pete Krause. He always greeted me with genuine pleasure, and helped me to feel that I was truly part of the large and loving Krause family.
Over the years I would watch and listen as he gathered grandchilden, then great-grandchildren, at his side for the traditional readings on Christmas Eve. It was always a precious moment between Pete and his little ones, and something that did my heart good. I will miss him.

David Byers

August 26, 2018

To the Krause Family; I always enjoyed visiting with Pete at the city or at the lumber company. He was a fine gentleman. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. The Byers Family

Kathleen Krause Lavoie

August 25, 2018

Dear Pat,
I so remember my mom an dad ( Johanna an Merlin Krause ) speaking highly of Pete. He will be missed by lots of people I’m sure. My condolences to you an the family.

Catherine Christianson Fugit

August 23, 2018

Mrs. Krause and Becca,
I just saw the message from AA Flight Service about Pete's passing. I called my Dad and Mom to share this sad news. Of course my father had so many fun stories of his time staying at your house and the great times they had together at Braniff. I only got to meet Pete once at my father's 80th birthday party and we talked about how glad we were that both of you could be here that day. Please know that the Christianson family has you in our thoughts and prayers as you go thru these sad times and that we have many heartwarming memories of the time spent together.
Our very best love to your entire family,
Catherine Christianson Fugit

Tim & John Pfeiffer & Hough

August 23, 2018

May wonderful memories of times spent together flood your hearts and bring a gentle smile to your faces.
We are deeply sorry for your loss.
John & Tim

C.B. SMITH

August 22, 2018

A great father, pilot, gentleman and patriot, he will be missed.


CB. Smith ,Grapevine, Texas.

Steven Humphrey

August 22, 2018

I had the honor of flying with Pete at Braniff and of being a neighbor and constituent when he was Mayor of Euless.
Pete was an outstanding pilot and more important, a great family man.
My heartfelt condolences to his lovely family.
Tailwinds and smooth skies my friend!

Steve Humphrey

Biography

Albert Collins "Pete" Krause passed away at his home on August 19, 2018, surrounded by family. The oldest of two sons, Pete was born on March 21, 1931, in Anaconda, Montana to Frances and Albert Krause.

Pete's early life was shaped by the hard work on the family dairy farm in upstate New York where he learned the importance of attending to the job that needed doing no matter how difficult or tiring. His ability to tackle a challenge and see it through would come to define Pete Krause. The rhythms of the farm gave way to the drumbeat of the Marine Corps, which Pete joined in 1950. His positive attitude and character led him to the ranks of the aviators where he served his country piloting both prop and jet aircraft until1958.

A 30-year career with Braniff Airways followed his military service where he attained the rank of captain. In the days before cockpits were equipped with computers, Pete flew routes to South America, expertly guiding his aircraft through the mountainous and challenging terrain during the airline's glory days of international flights. Pete worked with skill, quiet confidence, humility in his talents, and a personal code of ethical conviction that drew people to him.

While working for Braniff, Pete found time to serve his fellow citizens as a three-term mayor of Euless, Texas from 1968 to 1974. Fittingly, Pete was mayor during the completion and opening of DFW International Airport. He also worked as an instructor for Airbus jet manufacturers in both Miami, FL and Toulouse France, which was pure joy for Pete who was a foodie before there was such a thing.

Despite his successes in the airline industry, Pete’s favorite times were with his beloved wife Patricia Branch Krause “Patti” and their eight children. He and Pattie would have been married 65 years on August 22.

Pete did not reserve his love to just his immediate family, countless others benefitted from his generous spirit. The Krause home was often open for business: holidays and special occasions always saw extra places set at the table.

Pete is preceded in death by his daughter Lisa Martin, and his grandsons Gregory Krause MD, Jacob Martin, and Collin Richards. He is survived by his brother David, his wife Patti, and their children Margaret, Susan, Peter, Dean, Marianne, Rebecca, and Matthew, and fifty-five grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They do not all bear the name Krause, but each has the honor of claiming Pete as their father.

By the grace of the God whom he called Father, Pete has now been welcomed home...the good and faithful servant.