Steve Krause is our hero. He’s our Captain America by way of Lisle, Champaign-Urbana, and Yorkville, Illinois-although he’d be annoyed to be called Captain America, instead we call him Command Sergeant Major America because of what he means to us, and what we mean to him. He has always put others and their welfare first-family, friends, National Guard Soldiers, co-workers, students, players, teammates, or scouts will always be the most important thing to him.
From being the little brother that always got beat up to being the tallest, toughest, yet nicest one in the Lisle Krause family, he’s always been the peacemaker and supporter of all his relatives. His love for family knows no bounds.
He may have been a bit of a troublemaker during his college years, but he was always the relatively sane voice and supporter for keeping us out of larger trouble. And quite honestly, he was the best American Pie singer found at O’Malleys. From Green St. to Main St., from the Quad to the south farms, there is not a more loyal friend
The IL Army National Guard will always be CSM Krause’s second family. He is a professional, a leader of Soldiers, and proud to be a member of a time-honored corps. His entire military career has been built on successfully training and developing young men to be the best they can be. He has served his Soldiers and units well including overseas, into combat,and bringing them all home safe.
And as if training his military Soldiers wasn’t enough, Steve extended his leadership and teaching to the Plainfield School District. Steve is passionate about challenging thousands of students to learn, to think, to grow, to excel. Someday soon, there will be leaders in government, a corporation, a non-profit, or a high school who will look back and credit Mr. Krause with inspiring them to accomplish their dreams.
From his days at U of I to shedding blood with his Chicago Blaze, to establishing Rugby as a New sport for Plainfield High School students, Rugby has been Steve’s passion and the bonds formed on the pitch mean as much to him as any other. Thanks to Steve, hundreds of young men and women including his nephew (Steven) and soon his sons (Jack and Drew) have learned not only the sport but the brotherhood of Rugby.
For our most humble, understated, steadfast, and loving servant leader, you’re our hero and thank you for helping us be better than we could be on our own. Let’s celebrate Steve!