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Francis “Bill” Kraus -- Rochester

March 5, 2018 GMT

Francis “Bill” Kraus Rochester

Francis “Bill” Kraus, 73, of Rochester, passed away Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, at Saint Marys Hospital surrounded by family after battling failing health for 14 years.

Born Oct. 16, 1944, to Francis and Winifred Kraus, he graduated Plainview High School in 1962. He served in the U.S. Army 1965-1967.

On June 8, 1968, he married Luanne Fink, also of Plainview. They had three fantastic children. He had a talent for fixing things and worked as a mechanic at Midland coop until 1972, then became a mechanic at Montgomery Ward.

After 20 years there, he retired to start his own business plowing in winter and mowing in summer and almost any outdoor job anyone wanted or needed. His business card said, “Just ask, we might.” In 1975, they moved to Stewartville for 14 years, then briefly lived in Dodge Center, before moving to their current home in Rochester in 1991.

He will be remembered as a man who loved people, with a big heart for everyone, especially his wife and family. He never met a stranger and would often recognize and remember personal details of people he had met only briefly months or even years after the meeting. He loved talking to people sharing stories and talking on the phone. His favorite pastime was spending time on the farm he grew up on near Theilman, keeping weeds mowed, hunting and socializing there with friends and family.

He is survived by his wife; three children, Doug (Nancy) Kraus of Rochester, Scott (Mary Jo) Kraus of Owatonna and daughter, Kim Kraus of Rochester; and six amazing grandchildren, Matt Kraus, Miranda Schmidt, Erica Cotrone, Faith Cotrone, Zach Kraus and Justin Kraus; as well as three great-grandchildren; one sister, Marianne Zickrick of Long Beach, Calif.; one brother, Jerry (Nancy) Kraus of Spring Grove; and five nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a five-and-a-half-month-old granddaughter, Dakota Marie; and a niece.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 4, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 869 Seventh Ave. SE, Rochester. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, March 5, at the church with visitation one hour before the service.

Come with a story to share. You know Bill wants to hear it!

Rochester Cremation Services is handling arrangements.