Stephen (Steve) Wayne Krause – December 3, 1952 – April 9, 2021
Stephen Wayne Krause, 68, of Galveston, TX passed away on April 9th, 2021 at UTMB Hospital after a week long battle with a sudden illness. Steve was born on December 3rd, 1952 in San Antonio, TX. He was adopted and raised by his loving parents, Mary Lou and Bruce Krause in the small east Texas cities of Tyler and Troup. The family eventually moved and settled in the Houston area where Steve would graduate from Madison High School, class of 1971. He went on to attend college at the University of Houston. He was married in 1974 to Jennifer Krebs with whom he had 2 daughters and a son. He had a long career in the hotel hospitality industry that lasted for over 3 decades. His career eventually led him to Galveston where he would meet his fiancé Becky Morales, with whom he would spend 27 years.
Steve had an affection for music, mostly classic rock and would happily spend free time strumming away on his guitar while humming a tune. He was a sports fanatic and loved watching his Oilers back in the “Love Ya Blue” days and eventually the Texans even though they let him down…a lot. He also had a great love of baseball and watching the Astros play. He enjoyed trips to the hill country of Austin and visiting the river walk in San Antonio. Steve was a lover of all things Texas and enjoyed doing his own grilling and smoking briskets for his family. He also loved to dabble in the kitchen and was well known for his smoked turkey cheese balls that he made at Christmas and would give them away to friends and family. Most importantly Steve had a sense of humor unique to him and will be greatly missed by those that love him.
Steve retired from working about 3 years ago. This last year he spent most of his time helping his oldest daughter take care of his grandchildren every Monday through Thursday. We know the time he spent was a great source of enjoyment for him and the children and will always be a treasured memory.
Steve was preceded in death by his parents Mary Lou and Bruce Krause, brother John Krause and his son Brandon Krause.
Steve is survived by his fiancé Becky Morales; his sisters Susan Darnell and Jeanne Garriss; his daughters Regina Mercier and husband Roland Mercier, Wendy Tidwell and husband Rex Tidwell; his grandchildren Lily Hejl, Annelise Mercier, Corinne Mercier and Roland Mercier IV.
A private celebration of life is planned for the near future.