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Merle Dean Krause Sr.

June 16, 1928 ~ December 21, 2017 (age 89)

The Piano Brothers

Merle Dean Krause Sr., 89, of Zanesville, passed away December 21, 2017 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born June 16, 1928 in Zanesville, son of the late Chauncey Krause and Edna Ayers Krause.  He was employed by Central Ohio Coal, where he worked on the Big Muskie as a bulldozer operator and mechanic. He retired as a train operator for Muskingum Electric Railway and was a member of the United Mine Workers of America.

Merle was a devoted loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and was loved by all.  Merle had a great sense of humor.  It wasn’t unusual for him to pull a joke or prank on a loved one.  He enjoyed helping people in need.  Whatever he taught his sons he taught his daughters.  He always wanted his girls to be self-sufficient.  Merle enjoyed hunting, fishing, welding, working on mowers, cars, equipment and the story was told “If Merle couldn’t fix it, it couldn’t be fixed.” He would even make the parts he needed.

He is survived by his wife, Genevieve Spicer Krause, whom he married August 30, 1946 and celebrated their 71st anniversary at the Wilds with family; children, Laura Mummey, Richard (Linda) Krause, Robert Krause, Debra Cordray, Merle Dean (Suzanne) Krause Jr., Mary Jane (Ted) Glosser, Gayle Krause, Lisa (Francis) Getter; sister, Nancy (Phil) Schlaegel; brother-in-law, Frank Gilbert; fifteen grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Kay Elley; two son-in-law’s, Carl Elley and Al Cordray; brothers, Rodney and Kenneth Krause; sisters, Francis Calland, Jackie Miller and Mary Gilbert.

Calling hours will be held Tuesday, December 26, 2017 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at DeLong-Baker & Lanning Funeral Home, where services will take place Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Aaron Wahl officiating.  Burial will follow at Williams Cemetery.

The family would like to thank Dr. Paul Knight and staff for the many years they took care of Merle. Also the family would like to thank the staff from Genesis Hospice.

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 Service Information

December 26, 2017

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
DeLong-Baker & Lanning Funeral Home

December 26, 2017

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
DeLong-Baker & Lanning Funeral Home

Funeral Service
December 27, 2017

11:00 AM
DeLong-Baker & Lanning Funeral Home

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