Kenneth Michael Krause of Pacifica, Calif., passed away unexpectedly at his home of a cardiac-related condition on Nov. 30, 2020, at the age of 73. He is cherished and survived by his loving wife, Judy, of 48 years, and his three children Renee, Christopher and Kevin as well as their spouses. Ken is also remembered dearly by his four sisters, Kathy Monterrosa, Karen Aeschliman, Kristine Eastman, Kerry Eastman, and his brother Kirk Krause in addition to their spouses and his many nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.
Beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, godparent and friend, Ken lived his early years in Potrero Hill, San Francisco, until his family relocated to Westlake in Daly City. He attended St. Peter grammar school in San Francisco and graduated from Riordan High School in 1965. He went on to receive his associate degree at Skyline College in 1971 and was the vice president of his class.
At Skyline College, he met his beautiful wife, Judy. They married on May 20, 1972, and moved to Pacifica in 1974. Ken worked for the SEIU Local 250 as a lead representative for many years. A savvy and sharp businessman, Ken also established two successful businesses: Streeter and Associates and Spectra Healthcare Management. He returned to work for the SEIU in his later years until retirement.
Ken was a family man with a huge heart and keen sense of humor, and loved to always make everyone laugh. As a young parent he coached AYSO soccer for seven years. A true crusader, Ken belonged to Club 65 with many classmates from Riordan High School, and enjoyed gathering with them regularly at alumni dinners. He loved collecting stones and spent hours in his lapidary shack polishing rocks and turning them into beautiful creations. Ken had a passion for steam trains and belonged to the Golden Gate Lionel Railroad Club. He was a skilled woodworker throughout his life, and built everything from forts and fences to planter boxes and birdhouses. He loved hanging out in his beautiful backyard garden and regularly monitored the creek that flowed through his property.
Known in his later years for wearing his trademark overalls, Ken loved nothing more than gathering with his family on the holidays for jokes and stories. Albeit a humble man, he was proud of his Italian heritage and we remember collectively the many significant accomplishments of his life. Stemming from his generous spirit, his passion was to help people.
Remembered for his joy, his humor, his charisma and his natural ability to captivate an audience and make them laugh, we will love him and celebrate him always.
In the words of one of his close friends, “Kenny would light up a room. He was a breath of fresh air. He’s probably making God laugh right now!”
Ken will be buried at Holy Cross Cemetery. The family anticipates hosting a large celebration of life for Ken next fall, conditions permitting. Interested parties may contact the family directly for more details.