EAU CLAIRE — Clayton “Ding” B. Krause, 95, of Eau Claire, died Friday, March 20, 2020, at his home.
He was born Feb. 20, 1925, in Chippewa Falls, to Ruth (Twister) and Ernest Krause. He graduated from Chippewa Falls High School, class of 1943.
Clayton served honorably in the U.S. Army during World War II as a rifleman in the Infantry, 88th Division in Italy.
In Northern Italy, he was captured by German soldiers Oct. 1, 1944. From there he was moved to Stalag VII prison camp, in Moosburg, Germany. He was then moved to Munich, Germany, for three months, where he endured three of the biggest air-raids of World War II. After Munich, he was moved to a small town of Landshut, Germany, where he remained until liberated April 29, 1945. After being freed and with only the clothes on his back, he and two other American soldiers “borrowed” a German car and drove to Regensburg, Germany, where he caught a plane and flew back to France, where he was part of camp Lucky Strike. From there he came home.
On July 3, 1954, he married June Lanser in Chicago. They resided in Chicago, where Clayton worked as a dock hand at a trucking company. In 1956, they built a cottage on Bob Lake in Cornell, where he enjoyed his summers fishing. After their retirement in 1987, they moved to Eau Claire. June preceded Clayton in death March 26, 2003.
He is survived by two daughters, Susan Krause of Milwaukee and Kathie (John) DiNovella of Arena; a sister, Carol Kramer of Chippewa Falls; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, June; five brothers, Gilbert, Willis, Lester, Alfred and Vernon; and three sisters, Mildred, Ora and Orpha.
A private family service will be held. Interment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery, Chippewa Falls.
A celebration of life, with military honors conducted by the Chippewa Falls Patriotic Council will be held at Forest Hill Cemetery, Chippewa Falls at a later date.
To protect the health and safety of all, services are currently being limited as required by state and local authorities and the CDC. Expressions of sympathy during this time can be left on the condolences page available with the obituary on our website, www.pedersonvolker.com.
Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel & Cremation Services, Chippewa Falls is serving the family.