Lawrence "Mike" Krauss
Lawrence "Mike" Krauss, a man of immense heart, boundless generosity, and unwavering commitment, passed away on October 20, 2023, in Tavares, Florida. He was born on May 29, 1946, in Buffalo, New York, and lived a life filled with love, adventure, and dedication.
Mike's legacy is carried forward by his devoted family. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 ½ years, Evelyn Darlene Krauss, who was his rock and partner through life's journey. His memory will also be cherished by his daughters, Anita Edwards of Williamstown, NY, and Karena Krauss (Craig Dunlap) of Willseyville, NY, his sons, Michael Krauss (Patricia) of Paisley, FL, and Edward Krauss (Angie) of Apache Junction, AZ. His mother, Mary Huff of Ithaca, NY, and sisters, Marian Ridley of Lansing, NY, Carry (Gary) Corbin of Ithaca, NY, and Patty (James) Civiletto, will forever hold him close to their hearts. Mike leaves behind a legacy of love in his 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Mike's life was marked by service, both to his country and his community. He proudly served in the United States Army from 1964 to 1968 in Munich, Germany, during the Vietnam War. Following his active duty, he continued his commitment to the Army Reserves for two more years.
Mike had a deep passion for racing and was a racecar driver at Shangri-La in Owego, NY, starting in the 70s, and later returning in the 90s to race at Shangri-La II. He was known for his dedication to the track, with Friday nights often echoing with the sound of his car racing down the valley, ensuring it was "race ready" for Saturday. His love for the sport was matched only by his love for teaching valuable life lessons to kids and grandkids.
In addition to racing, Mike had a wide array of hobbies and interests, from fishing and hunting to gardening and astronomy. He was a skilled heavy equipment and diesel mechanic throughout his life. His garage was his sanctuary, where he could always be found tinkering, building, or fixing anything. Mike was quick to lend a helping hand to anyone in need, whether they were friends, family, or even strangers, and he could mend anything from bikes to cars.
One of his favorite sayings, "Bite Me," perfectly encapsulated his sense of humor and his resilient spirit, which never wavered in the face of life's challenges.
In honor of Mike's commitment to service and his deep respect for veterans, the family suggests that donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project in his name. Lawrence "Mike" Krauss will be remembered not only for his mechanical prowess, his love of racing, and his boundless generosity but also for the enduring impact he had on the lives of those who had the privilege of knowing him. He leaves behind a legacy of love, laughter, and a tireless spirit that will continue to inspire and comfort those he touched. He will be deeply missed and fondly remembered by all.