house resolution no.344

The Speaker, on behalf of the entire membership of the House of Representatives, offered the following resolution:

A resolution of tribute to offered as a memorial for Victor Krause, former member of the House of Representatives.

Whereas, The members of this legislative body were saddened to learn of the passing of Victor Krause. He will be remembered as a deeply compassionate and highly dedicated public servant who cared greatly about improving the lives of his constituents in Kent County and the people of the entire state; and

Whereas, Victor Krause was born in Grand Rapids in 1935. He spent much of his childhood in Rockford, where he attended Rockford Public Schools and worked at the family business, Wolverine Worldwide. After graduating from Rockford High School in 1953, he went on to earn a bachelorís degree in business administration from the University of Michigan in 1957. Later that year, he joined the United States Navy, where he proudly served his country for four years, eventually retiring as a Lieutenant Junior Grade. After returning home, he took on various leadership roles at Wolverine Worldwide, including serving as the Hush Puppies Brand Manager and the Vice President of the International Division. He used his keen business savvy and impressive leadership skills to expand the businessís reach and recognition around the world. He later founded an independent business travel agency, Krause Travel, Inc, and also served as the Area Vice President of the American Cancer Society. In 1982, driven largely by his passion to improve the lives of the people and the world around him, Victor Krause ran for public office; and

Whereas, Victor Krause served as a member of the House of Representatives from 1983 to 1990. During his time in the Legislature, he served with distinction as the Minority Vice Chair of the House Committee on Public Utilities, as well as a member of the Committees on Constitutional Revision and Womenís Rights; Corporations and Finance; and Public Health. He became known as a champion for quality-of-life issues such as economic stability, public school finance, and long-term care. His unwavering integrity and impressive ability to work across the political spectrum earned him the respect of his colleagues and constituents; and†

Whereas, After retiring from public office, Victor Krause continued to serve his community in other capacities. He took on leadership roles at various non-profit organizations, such as the Hearing Loss Association of America; Metro Health Foundation; Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth, and numerous other organizations. In 2012, in recognition of his many accomplishments, he was inducted into the Rockford Hall of Fame; and†

Whereas, Upon his passing, we offer condolences to Victor Krauseís family and friends. We hope they find comfort in the knowledge that Victor Krauseís many contributions to his community, state, and country have made a lasting legacy in which all who knew him can take pride; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives, That we offer this expression of our highest tribute to honor the memory of Victor Krause, a member of the House of Representatives from 1983 to 1990; and be it further

Resolved, That copies of this resolution be transmitted to the Krause family as evidence of our lasting esteem for his memory.