The Obit For Fred Krase

Frederick J. Krase
(October 16, 1939-January 29, 2011)
January 31, 2011

Frederick J. Krase passed away peacefully after battling a long illness. He was a kind and loving husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, godfather, and friend.

He was born in Chicago, Ill., and left at the age of 17 to pursue a career in professional baseball. In 1963 he joined the Charleston Indians (Cleveland Indians farm team) and met his wife of 43 years. He served 6 years in the Army Reserves, spent 25 years with McJunkin Corporation, and ended his working years with Hertz, Inc.

His love and passion for sports led him to share his knowledge and coach children's baseball. He enjoyed playing tennis and golf, especially the golf trips to Pipestem with his buddies, where he was referred to as "the Gorilla" and "the Sledgehammer." In his later years, nothing satisfied him more than the simple act of watching his grandsons play sports.

He will forever be remembered for his natural athletic ability, his humble and selfless nature, and his endless patience. He was an honorable man with a generous heart and an incredibly dry sense of humor. He was an amazing judge of character and taught us "life isn't always fair." He was known for his rugged good looks, his slightly stubborn side, and his extreme love for his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Elmer Krase; brother-in-law, Kent Jackfert; and brother-in-law, Mike Cromie.

Fred is survived by his mother, Gertrude Krase; wife, Gerri Krase; son, Fred (Jody) Krase; daughter, Kelly Krase; son, Kip Krase; daughter, Kim (Michael) Jarrouj; sister, Sherrie Krase; brother, Jeff (Mary) Krase; brother, Dan Krase; seven grandsons; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 2, 2011, at Saint George Orthodox Cathedral, Charleston, with the Very Rev. Father Olof Scott officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, February 1, 2011, at Barlow-Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, where there will be Trisagion Prayers at 7:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Saint George Orthodox Cathedral, P.O. Box 2044, Charleston, WV 25301, and/or Hubbard Hospice House, 1606 Kanawha Blvd., West, Charleston, WV 25387.

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