Donald ‘Donnie’ R. Krause

By on May 24, 2012

Donald “Donnie” R. Krause, 74, of Elburn, passed away peacefully on May 22, 2012, at Geneva Nursing and Rehab Center after a hard-fought battle with cancer.

He was born Dec. 9, 1937, in Elgin, Ill., the son of Albert and Freida Krause.

Donald grew up in Elgin, where he attended local school before graduating from Elgin High School in 1957. In his teenage years he would spend his time working on cars and “tinkering” with any thing that needed fixing.

Donald was drafted into the United States Army where he proudly served his country as an operator of heavy equipment.

In 1964 he met the love of his life, Bonnie Vogt. On April 24, 1965, they were united in marriage and would spend the next 47 years by each other’s side.

After living in the Elgin area most of his life, Donald decided to upgrade to a bigger home that was also closer to work. Donald moved his family to their new home in Elburn.

Upon his return from the Army, Donald returned work with Geneva Construction, where he worked for 42 years, 8 months, and 12 days. During his tenure with Geneva Construction he worked as an operator. During his final years before retirement, Donald served in the capacity of shop foreman. In 2000 he said goodbye to the career he loved so much and retired.

He was a proud member of International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 150, for over 50 years. He was a longtime member of Moose Lodge 1368 in St. Charles and American Legion Post 312 in Maple Park.

Donald was a “people person,” and regardless of how long you knew him, it was like he was a lifelong friend. Those close to him would say no one was a stranger to Donald. He was an avid collector who always went looking for his special “treasures.” If it needed to be fixed, he fixed it.

Donald was a simple person who enjoyed life on the go. No matter where he was, he was always enjoyed the company of others. Many would consider him a natural entertainer. He enjoyed spending time at his local hangouts to catch a football or baseball game. If he wasn’t there, he was at home hosting his friends. Above all, he was a devoted family man who cherished his family more than anything else.

He is survived by his loving wife Bonnie of Elburn; one son, Donald Krause of Elgin; one daughter, Lisa (Shawn) Simmons of Elburn; three grandsons, Matt, Steve and Scott Simmons; and many close friends.

He is proceded in death by his parents, and one brother, Laverne Krause.

Visitation will be Thursday, May 24, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St. Elburn. A funeral service celebrating Donald’s life will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday May 25, with a time of visitation from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Pastor Lisa Kruse-Safford of Cornerstone Methodist Church will officiate.

A memorial has been established in Donald’s name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Donald Krause Memorial” and mailed in care of the Krause Family, P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at