Harlan Jay Krause


Nov. 17, 2018 — Harlan Jay Krause, 82, of Florence, passed away Oct. 18, 2018, of age-related causes.

Harlan was born July 10, 1936, in Bowdle, S.D., to Sam Fred and Agnes (Merkel) Krause, the eldest of two boys. 

Later, they moved to Oregon and eventually settled in Mapleton.

Harlan graduated from Mapleton High School in 1954.  After graduating, he was hired at Davidson Industries. He served in the U.S. Army for two years and was posted overseas in South Korea in the demilitarized zone. He then returned to employment at Davidson Industries and worked there supervising all sawmills until retiring in 1984.

He loved sleek, fast cars and drag raced through his late 20s.  He was well known in the local racing circuits.

In 1961, he met Lois Esther Smith. They had three daughters: Rachelle, Sonja and Dione. They enjoyed family excursions, touring the United States by auto, and snow skiing on weekends.

He and Lois enjoyed traveling together and had many memorable oversea trips, sometimes with his work colleagues. Harlan was very mechanically inclined and enjoyed learning.   

He obtained a pilot license and kept up with new technology, including how to program computers. His family felt he could fix anything.

Lois preceded him in death in 1992, after a long battle with cancer.

Harlan remarried in 1993, and they eventually moved to Florida because they enjoyed the tropical climate.

His second daughter, Sonja Brus, preceded him in death in 2017. His second wife, Sharon, preceded him in death in January of this year. 

He moved to Florence early this year. This enabled family and friends to be able to visit him frequently. 

Harlan is lovingly remembered by those who survive him: his brother Morris (wife Gayle) Krause; daughters Rachelle (husband Kim Campbell) and Dione (husband Jeff Young); nine grandchildren, two great-grandsons, five nieces and nephews, and many friends.

A Life Celebration is planned for Saturday, Nov. 24, at 10:30 a.m. at Cross Road Assembly, 1380 10th St., in Florence. 

Send flowers to 5030 Alder Dr. in Florence.

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