Robert (Bob) was born in Billings Montana June 12, 1943 to O.V. and Bernice Kraus. He attended and graduated from Joliet High School, Miltonvale Wesleyan College and Phillips University. Shortly after college graduation Bob married Kay Aubuchon. He was a pastor of the Wesleyan Methodist church and traveled as a recruiter for Oklahoma Wesleyan University in it’s earlier years. He later moved to Greeley Colorado where he was employed by Weld County Garage in the finance and insurance department. He returned to Billings for a short time and worked for Homestead Hyundai in the same capacity. He then moved to Grants Pass Oregon where he worked for Roe Motor Company until his retirement. Bob loved the people at Roe Motors and was proud to be a part of that company. He was a member of the Bethany Presbyterian church in Grants Pass. At that time he was an active member and participant of the Stevens Ministry. He returned to Billings 1 ½ years ago and was in the care of Bella Terra Rehabilitation center.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents and older brother Bill, Orla Vance, his half brother, half sisters Peggy Pasco, Coralie Myers, and Grace Bowls. He is survived by his son, Mike (Cheryl) and 3 granddaughters, Serina, Shelima and Subrina, his daughter Julie (Dave Boughter) and a granddaughter Brianna, grandson Clay, his sister, Ileta and Gary Coley and family of Billings, his sister, Donna Isaacson and family of Round Rock Texas. He had many nieces, nephews, cousins and Aunt Judy that he grew very fond of and we will always be grateful for the joy and love they brought to him. We are especially thankful for Chris and Gerry Fink and their girls, Emily, Serena and Lauren who went out of their way to spend time with Bob. Special thanks to Chad and Lucy Coley and family who made time to visit Bob whenever they were in town. Also, special thanks to Kim and James Compton and boys who also took time to bring a little joy to share with Bob. Thanks to Daniel Isaacson who wanted to make sure Bob had all he needed. Thanks to Les and Sonda Shandy who provided us with a handicap van so we could take Bob to lunches and family gatherings.
During Bob’s short time in Billings he built many loving relationships from nieces and nephews to the kind and loving caregivers at Bella Terra. Because of Bob, we too were blessed with the same friendships he created at Bella Terra. We will miss our little music jams and visits but most of all, we will miss you Bob.