Joel B. KrausseCOLONEL JOEL B. KRAUSSE

Commander

1 June 1970 to 4 June 1971

Enlisted in the Army Air Corps, September 1943, and served as an airborne radar mechanic until 1946, with assignments to various B-17 and B-24 training squadrons.

In June 1947, he enlisted in the Oregon Air National Guard and was assigned to the 142nd AC&W Squadron.

He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in May 1951 and was called to active duty with the 142nd AC&W Squadron, assigned in the Alaska Theater of Operation, where he was a long-range radar (EW) site commander. He stayed on active duty until June 1955, at which time he rejoined the 142nd AC&W Squadron.

In July 1956, he was selected as one of the three officers to start the 244th AACS E&I Squadron, serving in the position of Radar Maintenance Officer.

He transferred to the Washington Air National Guard in May 1966 and was appointed as Deputy Commander of the 252nd Mobil Communications Group.

Upon his return to the Oregon Air National Guard in October 1968, he was assigned to the 142nd Mobile Communications Squadron.

On 1 June 1970, he assumed Command of the 244th Mobile Communications Squadron, serving until 4 June 1971, at which time he accepted command of the 116th Tactical Control Squadron.

In November 1972, he was appointed by Governor Tom McCall to serve as a member of the Governor's Military Advisory Council.

In February 1973, he assumed the position of Director of Operations for the 153rd Tactical Control Group and in September 1973, he was assigned as Director of Logistics. He remained the Director of Logistics until he was appointed Commander of the 153rd Tactical Control Group in January 1976, serving until the unit's deactivation in May 1976.

He remained in an unaffiliated officers' reserve section status until he was appointed as the Air Force Civil Defense Liaison Officer to the Military Department, State of Oregon, in May 1977. He served in this position until May 1980, at which time he joined the retired reserve. Full retirement status was attained in October 1985.

KRAUSSE, JOEL B 1925 - 2013

Joel B KrausseUSAFKrausse, Joel B. 87 Oct. 23, 1925 April 15, 2013 Joel B. Krausse passed away on April 15, 2013 at the age of 87. Born in Portland to Margaret and Rudolph K. Krausse, he was the descendent of Eugene Skinner, the E.J. Jeffery and A.N. King families, early Oregon pioneers. Joel graduated from Alameda grade school and Benson Polytechnic High School before earning a Physics degree in 1951 from Lewis and Clark College. He also completed post-graduate studies in Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington. During WWII, Joel served in the Army Air Corps from 1943 to 1946 and was recalled to duty in 1951 when the Oregon Air National Guard was activated for the Korean War. He retired as a Colonel from the Oregon Air National Guard in 1980 and the Air Reserve Forces in 1985. His highest military honors include: The Legion of Merit from the United States Air Force and the Oregon Distinguished Service Award from the State of Oregon Military Department. He was an Engineering Manager for Pacific Northwest Bell Telephone Company (now Century Link Communications) in Portland and Seattle for 30 years, retiring in 1985. One of Joel's favorite pastimes included volunteering at Ft. Stevens State Park, researching family history and spending time at the family beach house in Ocean Park, Wash. Joel was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Mary Frances Krausse in 2011. He is survived by his son, Jeffery; daughter, Mary Ann and her husband, Chrys Dougherty of Austin, Texas; son, Thomas; and daughter, Susan and her husband, Douglas Little. He also leaves behind three grandchildren, John and Mark Dougherty of Austin, Texas and Alex Krausse of Portland. The family would like to extend their appreciation to Robert Raish, M.D. and his team at the Knight Cancer Institute, the wonderful staff of Mirabella and the care providers with Providence Hospice. Special thanks also to the Honor Guard of McChord Air Force Base, Tacoma, for honoring his military service at his burial. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, May 3, 2013 at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Joel's name to: William Temple House, 2023 N.W. Hoyt Street, Portland, OR 97209.

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