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William "Bill" J. Kraus

William "Bill" J. Kraus
September 20, 1952 -  March 28, 2018

A celebration of life for William James Kraus, 65, of Hooper, will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 4th, at St. Patrickís Catholic Church in Fremont, NE with Father Jim Heithoff as celebrant, Father Damien Wee and Father Mike Eckley as concelebrants, and Deacon Junior Pribnow, assisting. Visitation will be Tuesday, April 3, 2018 from 4pm to 7pm with the family present beginning at 5pm. A wake service will be at 7pm on Tuesday all at St. Patrickís Catholic Church in Fremont.

After ten years of fighting cancer like a champion, Bill died a peaceful death in his home wrapped in love and surrounded by his wife and kids on Wednesday, March 28, 2018.

Bill was born on September 20, 1952 in North Platte, NE. He was the son of John and Barbara (Zieons) Kraus. On August 18, 1973, he married the love of his life, Patricia Schroeder at St. Louis Catholic Church in Glenrock, WY.

Billís childhood was spent on the family farm in Madrid, NE with his parents and nine siblings. He lived a life of humble service to others. He was a teacher, a coach, a musician, a principal, and a mentor to many at Bison, Arnold, Sandhills, and Logan View schools. Most important to him were his roles of husband, dad, grandpa, and friend.

Survivors include his wife, Patti; four kids, Mary Jo and husband Keith Hier of Omaha, Kevin and wife Hailey of Hooper, Anthony of Los Angeles, Theresa and husband Nathan Schiessler of Omaha; seven grandchildren, Grayson, Emmery and Beckham Kraus, and Crosby, Penelope, August, and Azalea Hier; nine siblings, Doug and wife Esther, Marty Ising, Lou and wife Carol, Marietta and husband Len Johnson, Tom and wife Janet, Gerry and wife Shari, Chris and wife Janice, Kay and husband George Meeks, Pat and wife Joan; his mother and father-in-law, Ro and Mary Schroeder; three sister-in-laws, Michaela Wienrich, Judy and husband Bob Lacey, Kathy Matula; one brother-in-law, Joe Schroeder; and many, many nieces and nephews and their children.

He was preceded in death by a son, John Francis; a brother, Karl Michael; and his parents, John and Barbara Kraus.

Memorials may be directed to the family for further designation.

Ludvigsenís Hooper Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements.

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