Ronald "Skip" Krause
Ronald "Skip" Krause
Ronald "Skip" Krause was born March 17, 1953 in Pensacola, FL to Ronald and Grace Swanson (Anderson). After his father's death two weeks later, Grace and Skip moved to Lake Bronson, MN to live with aunt and uncle Marian and Howard Blehm. They started over in Grand Forks, ND in 1955 when Grace married Dell Krause who adopted and raised Skip as his own.
Skip attended UND in Grand Forks where he majored in social work and was a member of the TKE fraternity. He spent his summers working at YMCA camps, including Triangle Y Camp in Garrison, ND where he met his sweetheart Ann Warner. They were married by the pond at camp in 1978.
They spent their early years at Camp Crockett (now Jackson) in Rye, CO and Triangle Y in Garrison, ND where Skip was camp director. They owned the Stone Inn Supper Club in Garrison, and eventually settled down in Minot, ND to raise their daughter Allison.
Skip went back to school and became an addiction counselor, first with St. Joseph's Hospital, and finally as Department Manager of the Chemical Dependency Unit at Trinity Health.
Skip, Ann, and Allison spent their summers boating on Lake Sakakawea. After Skip's retirement in 2006, Skip and Ann began spending their winters in Sarasota, FL which grew into a permanent home.
Skip was an unassuming, generous, and caring person who showed his affection through his love of cooking. He was happiest soaking up the sun or curling up with his dog. He became "Papa" in 2015 and found ultimate joy in his grandkids, Jack and Robin.
On October 24, 2018, Skip passed away of complications from his long battle with heart disease. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ronald Swanson, Grace Krause, and Wendell Krause and uncle Howard Blehm. He is survived by his wife Ann Krause, daughter Allison Barrett (Michael), grandchildren Jack and Robin, brother Rod Krause (Judy), aunt Marian Blehm, and other beloved family.
A memorial will be held on Monday at 4 PM, at Siesta Beach in Sarasota, FL, with one to follow at Lake Sakakawea next summer.
Memorial donations are preferred for Triangle Y Camp, Minot, ND; YMCA Camp Jackson, Pueblo, CO; Southeastern Guide Dogs, Palmetto, FL; or the donor's choice.