Wayne Reynolds Krause

Wayne Reynolds Krause, age 95, formerly of Broken Bow and Longview, Washington, passed away December 18, 2020. A service and celebration of Wayne’s life was held at All Faiths Funeral Home in Grand Island on Tuesday, December 29. Memorials are suggested the family to be designated at a later date. Online remembrances may be left at www. giallfaiths.com. Wayne was born at home on a farm outside of Ansley on January 27, 1925, to Henry and Effie Mae (Tykwart) Krause. He found his love of music early and played the tuba, baritone, and trumpet. In high school he became captain of the football team. He developed two of his loves early on. Immediately upon graduation, Wayne left for the Army where he served in the 20th Armored Division. That division liberated Dachau concentration camp at the end of World War II. After the Army, Wayne married Phyllis Jensen in Broken Bow on April 5, 1947. Together they had four children. After their farmhouse outside of Ansley burned down, Wayne and Phyllis moved around a bit. In Mason City, Wayne worked as a TV repairman, and then to Boone where he repaired more TVs and had a creamery route. Then to Broken Bow, where Wayne worked for Palmer Monument Company. Finally followed Phyllis to Becton Dickinson, from which they both retired. It was then Wayne found a third passion— golf. After Phyllis’s passing in 1992, he met a grade school/ high school friend, Charlene (Steinmeier) Mundhenk at their 50th class reunion and they were married May 17, 1994. Wayne and Charlene moved to Longview, Washington, and were active in music through their church and retirement homes. And Wayne continued his golfing and fishing. Wayne and Charlene made annual trips back to Nebraska to see family, attend class reunions in Ansley and to renew old friendships. After Charlene’s passing on May 21, 2020, Wayne moved back to Nebraska to be closer to family. Wayne is survived by his children, Wayne Jr. (Eileen) Krause, of Cabot, Arkansas, Fred (Cindy) Krause, of Kearney, Linda Dillon, of Lincoln, and Larry (Peggy) Krause, of Wood River; grandchildren, Wayne Krause III, Wendy Krause, Joe Krause, Rachael (Krause) Stevens, Beth Krause, April (Krause) Wicklund, Kelly (Dillon) James, Amanda (Dillon) Minert, Tony Krause, Kent Krause, and Katie (Krause) Gartner; and 22 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by step-daughters, Melody (Mundhenk) Bywater and husband Galen, of Independence, Oregon, and Mona Mundhenk, of Maple Valley, Washington; step-son, Kurt Mundhenk, of Puyallup, Washington; and step-grandchildren, Gwendolyn and Grahame Bywater. Wayne was preceded in death by his first wife, Phyllis (Jensen); his parents; siblings, Grace (Krause) Mortensen, Gene Krause, and Lois (Krause) Bennett; and by his second wife, Charlene (Steinmeier)

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