August 5, 1927 – November 13, 2018
On November 13, 2018 Alvin Albert Krause passed away at the age of 91 years.
He was born on August 5, 1927 in Wetaskiwin, Alberta, the son of Reinhold and Margaret (nee Jacobi) Krause. As a young person he lived on, and worked on the Krause farm. As a young teen Alvin played baseball, pool and enjoyed fishing and hunting. Being outdoors would always be one of his most favourite things. As a young person, Alvin not only worked on the farm, but later he spent time working at a coal mine in Central Alberta.
At the age of 15 he met the love of his life, Emma Alfreda Ruff (Freda) at a Young People’s group at St. John’s Lutheran Church four miles west of Wetaskiwin. The farms they lived on were right across from each other. They would later marry on April 22, 1948. During his early years he taught himself to play guitar, which he loved. You could always hear him playing and singing. Music will remain in his heart forever.
With Alvin’s marriage to Freda they lived on their farm in Wetaskiwin during the time of a memorable flood. While they were there, they added three children to their family. MaryAnn in 1949, Doris in 1951 and Garry in 1952. In 1954 they sold the Wetaskiwin farm and moved to the Ponoka farm. Another child Ken, was born to them in 1957. Alvin would own the farm until Spring of 2016. While he still owned the farm he moved into Rimoka Care Home. He continued to visit the farm and you could find him puttering around, driving the tractor, cutting the lawn and gardening in summer. Once the farm was sold he moved to Lacombe Care Home.
While farming, in 1957 Alvin also started working at Ponoka Feed Mill, later became ShurGain Division, then Canada Packers, now Maple Leaf Foods. He worked in the Ponoka Division and later in the Wetaskiwin Division for 31 years until he retired.
Alvin and Freda loved being together. They first were childhood friends, then childhood sweethearts, then husband and wife. God gave them so much love, they in turn loved Him and each other. There was always a twinkle in Alvin’s eye when he turned to look at his beautiful wife. She in turn, also had that twinkle. They were married for 46 wonderful years.
They visited relatives and toured in Germany in 1976. They spent their 25th Wedding Anniversary in the Vancouver area with daughter MaryAnn and David. After that, they then spent at least two weeks in the lower Mainland every year, enjoying their visits with daughter MaryAnn’s family and son Garry’s family.
As much as Alvin enjoyed spending time with his Kamloops family, he spent most of his life surrounded by the love of his daughter, Doris & family and son, Ken & family. They spent many special times together, whether it be a birthday, Christmas, Easter there was always a family meal with laughter and fun.
Alvin and Freda did many camping trips throughout BC. and especially enjoyed Campbell River, as Alvin could salmon fish. Alvin also enjoyed his yearly hunting trip with family and friends. He loved animals, especially his dogs and cats and was a member of the Ponoka Fish and Game Association for many years.
Alvin enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends and often extended an invitation to come and visit and he would make a meal. Always something that Freda would have prepared, as he really enjoyed her cooking. He became quite a cook.
Studying and discussing the Bible was always important. He was always honest, sincere and straight forward in what he believed. His faith in Jesus Christ remained right up to the end of his life. He loved his church and was a regular member who held positions on church council and church president for many years.
Several years after Freda passed away he met a lovely and caring lady, Marilynn Schultz. They spent many happy years together and many good times with the Ponoka family and often visited the Kamloops family. They went on a Cruise to Alaska, Bus Tour to the US and spent lots of time with their respective families and friends. They enjoyed being with each other, whether at the Alvin’s Farm or her home in Ponoka until she passed away.
Alvin leaves behind:
His daughter, MaryAnn Peressini of Kamloops and her husband David and their son, Mark.
His daughter, Doris Dux of Tees and her husband James and their children Darcy, his wife Amanda and son Conner; Bradley, his wife Corice, and their children Reagan, Jasmine, Baden and Deklan; Jennifer McLaren, and her husband Jim and their children Madison, Seth and Gavin; Cindy Bagley, and her husband Brady and their children, Travin and Brasen.
His son, Garry Krause, of Kamloops and his wife Aileen and their children, Jason, and his wife Kimberley and their daughters, Jordan and Kennedy; Nick and Kala, and their children, Caleb, Luke and Jezzabel.
His son, Ken Krause, of Ponoka and his children Danny, and his son Kaii; Craig, and his son, Cody; Blair and his wife Dorisa.
He also leaves behind his two sisters, Martha Miller and Erna Dux, as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife, Emma Elfreda Krause and his parents, Reinhold and Margaret Krause.
May God Bless the memories that we keep of the husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and many friends who was Alvin Krause.
A Funeral Service was in Ponoka at the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church on Monday, November 19, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. with the Interment Service following at the Saron Lutheran Church Cemetery near Clive. Memorial donations are gratefully accepted to any charity of your choice.
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Arrangements Entrusted To
PONOKA FUNERAL HOME
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