William Krause, age 77, died at home on Sunday, April 18, 2021 surrounded by his family after a 20-year long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Services will be at 4:00 P.M. on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at Herman-Taylor Funeral Home in Wisconsin Rapids. Rev. Kevin Ader will officiate. Visitation for relatives and friends will be from 2:00-4:00 P.M. on Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be at a later date at the Central Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery at King.
Bill was born March 26, 1944 in Marshfield, Wisconsin. He married Anieda Deutschlander in May 1963. The next day they had to leave for Washington state for Bill to report for duty in the Air Force. As with many military couples, the military community became a second family. Bill was stationed in Vietnam where he was exposed to Agent Orange which was the cause of his Parkinson’s disease.
Bill and Anieda eventually settled in Wisconsin Rapids where they raised their 3 children. Bill worked for over 20 years at 3M in Nekoosa and started a successful landscaping business that he ran from 1980 to 2004.
Everyone that met Bill instantly liked him, he was a kind and fair man and would help anyone in need. He loved to restore old cars and dragged his daughter Susan to the Iola car show many years. His last car was a 1980 El Camino, you will see his grandson Luca driving that car around town. One of the last things Bill was able to do was give Luca that car on his birthday in January. Luca has been driving that car with pride and will always remember his grandpa when he makes a turn as the blinkers play an Elvis song. Luca spent a lot of time with grandpa and learned the value of family and being a good person.
Bill was also close to his granddaughter, Abby. For many years he drove her to gymnastics practice in Plover three nights a week. Her highlight of those drives was stopping at McDonald’s for French fries and the gas station for gum. His highlight was spending time watching her grow and become the kind person she is. If it were not for the help from Abby and Luca, it would not have been possible for grandpa to remain at home. Every time they walked through the door; he was looking for the milkshakes they would bring him, and his smile would light up the room when he saw them.
The word “no” really didn’t exist in his vocabulary, which was a blessing for his daughter Susan. They shared many good times and memories together. He would write her letters when she was in college, in fact, she thinks the only mail she ever received was from him and it always had a twenty-dollar bill in it. She also shared his sense of humor, which was often lost on other people. Chad came into Bill’s life ten years ago when he and Susan married. Even though they did not know each other long, the had a lot in common, including the love of family and helping those in need. Without Chad’s help, Bill would not have been able to stay home. To know Bill, was to love Bill and you couldn’t help but respect him.
Bill’s son and main man Marty was his primary caregiver until Marty’s death in 2019. This left a huge void in Bill’s life. We find peace knowing that they will be reunited and are pretty sure Marty will be talking his ear off the minute they are reunited. Bill will also be reunited with many family members; including his dad who died in 2004 and his mom who died in a car accident when he was 17. Knowing there are so many people in heaven lining up to see him brings us joy and peace. He is going to be missed so very much by us, but he deserves to have his suffering end. He never complained about his Parkinson’s, but it left him totally debilitated.
Most importantly and what he would say was the smartest thing he ever did was marry the love of his life Anieda. He was always concerned about Anieda’s happiness even when he was the one that was so ill. He would always be trying to figure out ways to help her or to get her what he thought she needed. If he had his mind made up that she needed something, there was no talking him out of it. That is how she ended up in October with a puppy named Sadie. Or as he called her “Buster”. Sadie brought laughter into the house that had been missing as life was becoming so difficult.
Bill is survived by his wife Anieda; daughter, Susan (Chad) Martin; son, Willy; grandchildren: Ben, Abby, Luca, Dakota and Beau; and half siblings: Jamie (Karen) and Kirsten. He is preceded in death by his parents and son, Marty.
We were so blessed to be able to take care of him at home since COVID closed visitation to the nursing homes. We could not have done this without our “earthly angel, Jenny Stowell” She took care of him like her own family and fast became part of our family.
Our thanks to Compassus hospice especially Kathleen, Jessica and Jackie who were always there in our time of need.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like memorials to go to Immanuel Lutheran School to be put towards expenses of their comfort dog Asher. Asher was a memorial gift to the school when Marty Krause died. And our hope is that Asher will bring comfort to those that are going through a difficult time in life.
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