Longtime Soldotna resident William J. "Bill" Kraus died Thursday, March 21, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital shortly after an automobile accident. He was 69.
A gathering of his friends and family will follow an April memorial Mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Soldotna. His ashes will lie near his son's in Spruce Grove Memorial Park Cemetery in Kasilof.
Mr. Kraus was born April 23, 1932, in Erie, Pa., one of seven children. He was a 1962 graduate of Gannon University in Erie, and he served in the U.S. Navy. He married his true love and soul mate and moved his family to Alaska in 1971. After spending three years in Southeast Alaska, he settled in Soldotna, where he made his home. Mr. Kraus was employed by the state of Alaska, retiring in 1987.
Mr. Kraus was a tremendous husband and father who loved to spend time with his family, his family said. He also loved bowling, fishing with his grandsons and working around his home and shop. He enjoyed listening to music, playing clarinet, gardening with his wife, watching his "Dukies" and volunteering his time with seniors.
"He had many friends and loved them all. He will be remembered for his warmth and generosity. Those who knew Bill felt fortunate to share in his life," his family said.
Mr. Kraus was preceded in death by his youngest son, Richard J. Kraus.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret Kraus; son, Tim Kraus; daughter and son-in-law, Heidi and Lonnie Wood, and their daughter, Taylor; daughter, Gretchen Dubendorf and her husband, Ray, and their sons, Kory and Keegan, and in-laws, Nick, Tammie and Tab Hunter.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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