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Gordon “Mike” Krause

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Gordon Charles “Mike” was welcomed into the world by parents Eldon and Luella (Weltz) Krause on September 25, 1937. Mike was the middle child, between older sister Ruth and younger sister Jean. The Krause family lived in Vesta until they moved to Chesley in 1946. Mike attended Chesley Public School and never attended high school.

Instead, he began working at the Chesley Chair Factory, which became Heirloom and is now known as Crate Designs. He also assisted his dad at his auto body shop, Eldon C Krause’s Welding Shop. Mike helped with painting, welding, and many other tasks that needed to be completed, and took it over after his father’s passing. Many locals and the Municipality would bring old lawnmowers to the shop for Mike to fix as well. Mike also worked for Jim Siegrist doing photography.

Mike and a friend were out for a drive one day when they saw two women on the sidewalk, so they pulled over and asked if they needed a ride. One of the women was Marguerite Jane Becker, and Mike and Marguerite hit it off immediately. The four of them went to the drive-in in Hanover. Shortly after, Marguerite had a knock at her door, and it was Mike to pick her up and take her on another date. The two fell in love and were married on July 3, 1965, at Evangelical United Brethren Church by Rev. Brown, assisted by Rev. Bruce. Mike and Marguerite spent their honeymoon in Wiarton for the first night and then continued to Tobermory, caught the ferry to Manitoulin Island, and went to Sault Ste. Marie in Canada and the US, and then finished in Niagara Falls.

As newlyweds, they lived above the bakery in Chesley, and there they brought home their first daughter Cathy in 1968. Three months later, they moved to their current home in Chesley and made their family complete with the arrival of Carla in 1972. In fact, on the way to the hospital to have Carla, it was 3 a.m. in the middle of a snowstorm, and got stuck three times, but thankfully made it to the hospital okay!

Mike enjoyed taking the girls to the auto body shop with him and helping to paint the cars. He was a jack of all trades, having the ability to fix anything and everything, even things that were “unfixable” to others. If it didn’t work, he would take it apart, figure out why it didn’t work, and find a solution to fix it. As you can imagine, Mike had many tools, almost too many! He made his own tools if needed, and also made jewellery boxes and baby cradles for his kids and grandkids. Mike made bird knockers and collected model train sets.

Mike and Marguerite enjoyed camping together in Parry Sound and out west. He liked watching Dukes of Hazard and criminal shows and listening to country and western. When it came to food, he would eat anything that Marguerite put in front of him! Apparently, Mike made the best porridge in the winter, and no one made porridge-like him! Mike was a member of the Chesley Lions Club, and the CB club associated with the Lions. He was a Legion member in Hanover for 25+ years and with the Search and Rescue committee.

Mike was patient and would help anyone that needed it. The best way to describe Mike is through the words of the song “Find Out Who Your Friends Are” by Tracy Lawrence that are:

You find out who your friends are
Somebody’s gonna drop everything
Run out and crank up their car
Hit the gas, get there fast
Never stop to think “What’s in it for me?”
Or “It’s way too far”
They just show on up
With their big old heart
You find out who your friends are

Mike passed away at South Bruce Grey Health Centre, Chesley, on Thursday, June 13, 2024, in his 87th year.

Beloved husband of Marguerite (Becker) for almost 59 years. Loving father of Cathy Krause (Herb Dawdy) of Chesley and Carla (Len) Friest of Harriston. Cherished grandfather of Ashley (Jeff), Brittany, and Dorian (Emma), great-grandfather of 5, and step-grandfather of Tasha Mitchell-Grimwood and family. Dear brother of Ruth Seip of Chesley and brother-in-law of Nora (Mike) Banks of Hanover. He will be missed by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his sister Jean (Ron) Wright, his brother-in-law Gerald Seip, and his parents Eldon and Luella (Weltz) Krause.

Visitation will be held at Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024, from 7 – 9 p.m., and on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, from noon until the time of the funeral service at 2 p.m. Interment in Chesley Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Chesley Hospital Foundation or to a charity of your choice would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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Bev westover
June 27, 2024

So sorry to hear. Sending love and condolences. He was a sweet guy. He will be missed by many.

Sue Friest
June 20, 2024

So sorry to hear of Mikes passing.
He was such a magnificent warm person.

Leeanna Fisher
June 20, 2024

Margueritie & Family,
Our sincere condolences on the passing of a much loved man. May he Rest In Peace
Edith Fisher and Family

Marie Schaus
June 19, 2024

My deepest sympathies 💔

Janice Waite
June 18, 2024

Our sincere Sympathy to the Krause family.
The Walpole Family

Annette Dawm
June 18, 2024

I’m so sorry to hear about your dad. I always enjoyed seeing Mike. He was a very kind person.

Nancy Maluske , Craig
June 18, 2024

Very sorry for your loss , cherish the memories

Christine Welsand
June 18, 2024

Marguerite, Cathy and Carla. Very sorry for your familys’ loss, thinking of you as you navigate through this difficult time.

Sandra Lang
June 17, 2024

Sorry for your loss.

Gail Fritsch
June 17, 2024

My condolences Marguerite and family.

Dave & Cathy Quinn
June 17, 2024

To the Krause family I was sorry to hear of Mike’s passing He was a good man, I enjoyed talking with him as he had a lot of common sense and nothing put on what you seen is what you got RIP Mike your work is done.

Candi Jarvis
June 17, 2024

Saddened to hear of Mike’s passing. I spent numerous years helping Mike with his hearing and had many a laugh with him and Marguerite while in clinic as well. Wishing you peace as your hearts settle from the loss of Mike.

Jean Brow & family
June 15, 2024


Theressa and Duane Stade
June 14, 2024

So sorry for your loss Marguerite,Cathy and Herb, Carla and families. His smile will keep beaming down! Sympathies to you all I this time of need.

James & Dianne Whitehead
June 14, 2024

Sorry to hear of Mikes passing
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time

Dennis and Dorothy (Kreutzkamp) Mulligan
June 14, 2024

Our sincere sympathy to “Mike’s” family and friends at this sad time.

Scott Dirstein
June 14, 2024

So sorry for your loss Kathy and Carla

Ellen Albert
June 14, 2024

Maggie and Family so sorry to hear of Mikes passing.RIP Mike you where a good man

Ruth Farrow Ruth Farrow
June 14, 2024

Marguerite so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing – he was such a good friend to my brothers Fred and Bill.

Marina Abbott
June 14, 2024

Kathy, Carla and families so sorry to read about your Dad. I will miss seeing him whenever we make it to Chesley. May he rest in peace. My thoughts are with all of you at this sad time.

Leigh Abbott and Audrey
June 14, 2024

Sorry for your loss. Thinking of you.

Peggy Wappler (McDonald)
June 13, 2024

My deepest sympathy to the family for your loss

Sharon Westenberg
June 13, 2024

So sorry to hear of your loss. Cherish your special memories as they last forever. He was a super person.

Bonnie thomson
June 13, 2024

My deepest to his family

enola MacKinnon
June 13, 2024

So sorry for your loss and the family’s too.

Carol jarvis
June 13, 2024

So sorry to hear about Mike. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family

Cindy &Wayne Cronkwright
June 13, 2024

To Maggie and family
Sorry for your loss are prayers are with and your family Mike was a good man are prayers are with you.

Bob & Mary Lou Dunn
June 13, 2024

To Maggie, Cathy, Herb, Dorian and families, Carla and family Please accept our condolences
Mike was a great guy and we know you will all miss him. Love to all
Bob & Mary Lou

Robin Leonard
June 13, 2024

So very sorry for your loss. Condolences to the entire family

John and Penny Crawford
June 13, 2024

So sorry for your loss Sending our condolences at this sad time

Carole and Dale Woods
June 13, 2024

To the entire Krause family, we are sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Lorretta Mason and family
June 13, 2024

Hugs. All our condolences to you at this time loss. May the memories of his life bring tears of joy and laughter to you. RIP mike

Gord & Lee-Ann Lang ( Martin)
June 13, 2024

Thinking of you all at this very sad time ❤️

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