US Air Force veteran, ‘friend, brother of the Union’ from Lehigh Valley dies suddenly at 28
Beloved Lehigh Valley native, Air Force veteran, friend and union brother Jacob S. “Jake” Krause died suddenly on Friday, May 20 at the age of 28.
Born in Fountain Hill, Jake graduated from Nazareth Area High School with the class of 2012 before moving to Bangor, where he was living at the time of his death, his obituary said.
Jake had served six years in the United States Air Force and had recently started working as a lineman with IBEW Local #126, according to his memorial.
Jake was known for his love of nature, including fishing and warm weather, as well as his passion for diesel trucks and his beloved red corvette.
Above all, Jake will be remembered for his contagious smile and his ability to spread joy, happiness and laughter wherever and wherever he went.
Jake leaves behind his loving parents, Nik and Mary Krause; sister, Rachael E. Krause; paternal grandparents, Robert and Susan Krause; maternal grandmother, Berenice Meyer; uncle and aunt, Joshua “Josh” and Kelly Krause; cousins, Katrina and Julian Krause; biological mother, Kathy Smith and her husband Chris, and their son, Elijah; maternal grandparents, Dennis and Pam Epperson; aunt, Dana Murphy; as well as his dog, Goober, and many close friends.
Many left tributes to Jake on social media after his sudden passing.
“We have lost not only a member of Local 126, but also a friend, co-worker and union brother,” reads a statement. message from IBEW Local 26.
“During times like these, it is important that everyone not only remembers and reflects, but supports those most affected by such a sudden and tragic loss and continues to remember the circle of support present not only the with each other but professionally available to everyone in our local union.
Jake’s funeral visitation was held at Joseph F. Reichel Inc. Funeral Home in Nazareth on Tuesday, May 24 and Wednesday, May 25.
Donations can be made in Jake’s honor for “Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing” (PO Box 695 LaPlata, MD 20646).
“Jake was loved by many,” the tribute post read. “His smile, wit and compassion will be missed by all who knew him.”
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