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Ronald Lars Krause

October 6, 1922 ~ December 13, 2020 (age 98)


Beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather. Ronald (Bud) passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, December 13, 2020, in Orem, Utah.  Born October 6, 1922, in Salt Lake City to Eleanor Marie Larsen and Hyrum Krause.  Ronald was an army veteran of World War II from December 1, 1943 until January 1, 1946 and was proud that he served the country that he loved.  He worked at Kennecott Copper for 28 years as a blacksmith, metalworker, layout man and finally as a supervisor over maintenance.  Ronald married Vivian Josephine Pritchett on April 16, 1942, in the Salt Lake Temple and was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints throughout his life.  

 Anyone who knew Ronald knew that he loved people.  He liked to accumulate friends and had the motto of Will Rogers that he never met anyone that he didn’t like.  He lived his religion by serving others and trying to be kind and generous. He worked with his hands in wood, metal and jewelry and could fix nearly anything.  He loved his family and gave away the things he made with his hands to many generations of children.  He is remembered for taking time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren to help them to feel “special.” He loved music and loved to sing and dance.  He could play the organ and loved to entertain when people came to visit.  Ronald particularly loved to harmonize with others and would sing on request, and even when not requested.  He and his wife Vivian wrote a special song called “Sounds of Love” that he would ask people to play after he could no longer play himself.  Ronald loved the outdoors and made sure those he loved developed a love for nature and the beauty of the earth.  He liked to travel and see “what's down that road.”  One of his favorite holidays was Christmas and he will be missed for his singing and joining in the chorus of praise for Jesus Christ’s Birth. 

Ronald is survived by his two son’s Keith (Judy) and Larry (Diane); sister, Carlene; 11 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews who loved him.  Preceded in death by his wife, Vivian, and daughter, Josephine Cox; parents; brothers, Earl, Edward, Ralph and Paul; and sister Janaye.

The family would like to express their deep appreciation for the staff at Covington Senior Living who attended to Ronald's care and developed a love for him.   

Because of Covid-19, a private viewing will be held at Holbrook Mortuary followed by a private interment at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.  Online comments and tributes can be sent to the family at


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