Charles William Krause, 72
June 8, 1945 — Dec. 3, 2017

Charles William Krause, 72 Charles “Chuck” William Krause, 72, was born to eternal life Dec. 3, 2017, with family by his side at New Perspective, West Bend.

He was born June 8, 1945, in Milwaukee, and was the oldest son of Charles and Ruth Krause (nee Jahn).

Chuck graduated from Nicolet High School in 1963. He was a proud Badger, graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in electrical engineering in 1968.

After graduation, he attended Naval Officer Candidate School and graduated sixth out of 600. Chuck Reported to the Pearl Harbor Submarine Base and served on the USS Aspro. He left active duty in May of 1972 and remained in the Naval Reserves for 18 years. He retired in 1992 with the final rank of Captain.

He worked for more than 30 years as a nuclear compliance engineer for both Wisconsin Electric and the Nuclear Management Corp.

Chuck married the love of his life, Nannette Ciriacks, on Dec. 2, 1972, in Glendale. Together they made a loving home for their family in Cedarburg, where they raised three daughters. He was devoted to his family and wanted the very best for them.

Chuck was an avid runner and cyclist, who regularly competed in triathlons and marathons, including two Boston Marathons. He loved kayaking, hunting and the outdoors.

In retirement, he and Nannette loved to travel visiting many amazing places including Alaska, China and the Mediterranean.

He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Nannette Krause (nee Ciriacks); his daughters, Suzanne (Michael) Harney of Seattle, Carley (Mark) West of Pewaukee and Nicole Krause of Richmond, Virginia; and his five beloved grandchildren, Finn and Cian Harney, and Tierney, Norah and Declan West. He is further survived by his devoted brother, Dennis (Mireille) Krause of Montreal, Canada; dear sister-in-law, Diane Krause; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents and his youngest brother, Kenneth.

His smile, kindness and generous (albeit pragmatic) nature will be deeply missed.

A memorial service with full military honors in remembrance of Chuck will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 1044 Silverbrook Drive, West Bend, WI 53095. The Rev. Darin Wiebe will be officiating. Family will greet relatives and friends from noon until the time of the service. The U.S. Navy will conduct a burial at sea service, which was Chuck’s final wish.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to Wisconsin Parkinson’s Association.

Chuck’s family would like to thank his doctors, the staff at New Perspective, especially the Betty’s Harbor caregivers, and the Season’s Hospice staff. Your companionship and empathy will never be forgotten.

The Myrhum Patten Miller & Kietzer Funeral Home has been entrusted with Chuck’s arrangements. Additional information and guest book may be found at