Roger Krause, 1928-2019

Published 1:00 am Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Funeral services for Roger Wallace Krause, 91, of Oakland will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Hayward Lutheran Church. The Rev. Joshua Endersen will officiate. Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at church Thursday. Online condolences are welcome at

Roger Krause

Roger Wallace Krause was born April 6, 1928, in Nunda Township to Ora and Esther (Kraushaar) Krause. He grew up in Conger and attended Freeborn County Country School. After his schooling, Roger joined the Army, where he served as a military policeman.

On July 22, 1951, he was united in marriage to Betty Lou Torrens at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin. The couple made their home in Freeborn County, where Roger worked on his farm until his retirement.

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Roger enjoyed polka dancing, watching Big Joe Polka, restoring antique tractors, traveling, mowing the lawn, going to the casino, fishing and camping. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

Roger passed away Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, having lived to reach the age of 91.

He is survived by his children Orin (Brenda) Krause, David Krause, Jill (Paul) Rockers and Arlyn (Joleen) Krause; grandchildren Olivia and Alayna Krause; step-grandchildren Angela and Nathaniel Bailey; and many nieces, nephews and extended family.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Betty Lou; parents Ora and Esther Krause; and sister, Carol Morgan.

Memorials are preferred to Trondheim Lutheran Church.