Krause, Fred W.


Fred W. Krause was born on August 22, 1921 and passed away on May 15, 2010 at the age of 88.  He was the first child of Willie F. and Annie Louise Odlozelik Krause.  He married Ethel Mansfield on December 25, 1940.  They had been married for 67 1/2 years when she passed away in June, 2008.  Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Charles Krause, brother-in-law, Frank Wahl, and son, Bobby Krause.

He joined the Pleasanton Volunteer Fire Department when it had only five members and was a member for 52 years.  He was president of this organization for about 25 years.  He was instrumental in the organization of the Atascosa Livestock Show.  He furnished land on his farm for students of Pleasanton Ag. Department to build pens and house their show animals for over 30 years.  He was one of a group of men who organized the first Pleasanton Jr. Chamber of Commerce and was a state director for 1 term.  He was a member of the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce.  He organized and pursued to fruition the birth of Atascosa National Bank, serving as chairman of the board for the first 10 years.

Fred attended Draughn’s Business College and began his career working for Alamo Lumber Company.  Shortly after marriage he purchased a small feed business where he mixed, bagged and delivered feed.  Over the years, he expanded this business to Fred Krause’s Supply which sold a variety of merchandise including hunting and fishing supplies, appliances, and hardware.  He was well known throughout South Texas as a gun trader.  After selling this business in the mid 1970’s, he remained an active businessman selling real estate and building homes.  Throughout his adult life he and Ethel owned land and cattle.  Besides traditional ranching, they imported Simmental cattle from Canada and Ireland and improved their herds by using artificial insemination.

Fred lived by a code of hard work, fairness, compassion to all and total devotion to God and family.  The partnership of he and his wife, Ethel, was beyond description.  Their example of love, respect, selflessness and commitment set and standard to which we all aspire.   He was a member of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church.  He is survived by four daughters and spouses:  Carol and John Schmacht, Lynn and Preston Dowdy, Regina and Lonnie Rakowitz, and Myra and George Waters, one daughter-in-law, Marilyn Krause, a sister, Irene Wahl, 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held at Hurley Funeral Home, 118 West Oaklawn Road, Pleasanton from 5:00PM – 9:00PM on Monday, May 17, 2010.  A rosary will be recited at 7:00PM on Monday evening.  The funeral service will be held at 10:00AM on Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Pleasanton.  Interment will follow at St. Andrew’s Cemetery #1 in Pleasanton.    Pallbearers will be grandsons:  Jay Gerber, Jon Brauchle, Wade Dowdy, Will Krause, Walt Rakowitz, and Jake Rakowitz.  Honorary pallbearers will be grandsons-in-law:  Chad Moos, Pete Wunderlich, Charles Winston Sheehan and David Maxwell.   Anyone wishing to sign the guestbook, share memories or issue condolences may do so at  In lieu of flowers the family is requesting that donation be made to St. Andrew Prayer Garden, 626 Market St., Pleasanton, TX 78064.

Source: Hurley Funeral Home-Pleasanton, TX