Krause was renowned for his service on many philanthropic boards and community organizations. His generous support of Junior Achievement of Central Iowa will continue to empower and inspire young people through the W. A. Krause Center for Entrepreneurial Education. He received the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award from the National Catholic Educational Association for his support of Catholic schools in the Des Moines area. Krause was also a proud recipient of the Civitas Award, which is the highest honor bestowed within the Dowling Catholic community for individual dedication and service to the school. His honors also include an Entrepreneurial Spirit Award from the Des Moines Business Record and designation as Iowa-Nebraska Entrepreneur of the Year by national accounting firm Ernst & Young. The U.S. Small Business Administration honored him with the Iowa Entrepreneurial Success Award in 1994.
Krause is survived by his wife, Nancy; son Kevin W. (Mary) Krause of West Des Moines, Iowa; son Kyle J. (Sharon) Krause of Booneville, Iowa; daughter Kate (David) Prange of Chicago, Illinois; and 12 grandchildren: Ryan, A.J., Tanner, Morgan, Elliott, Bo, Oliver, Emily, Ellen, Connor, Amelia and Maeve.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Dowling Catholic High School, Holy Family Catholic Schools and Above + Beyond Cancer.
Comments about William A. Krause:
Jeff Winters, a 37-year associate of Kum & Go and a friend of Krause: "Bill was like a second father to me. He gave me my first job when I was 16 years old, and has been a wonderful mentor and leader. He was also heavily involved in the community, and everyone looked forward to his store visits. Bill loved meeting and working with people, and he always remembered your name."
Attorney Steven Zumbach, a Kum & Go board member and friend of Krause: "Bill was one of Iowa's great entrepreneurs who started and grew Kum & Go into an industry leader that is one of Iowa's iconic companies. He was also one of Iowa's most generous corporate citizens."
Dan Keough, CEO of Holmes Murphy in Des Moines, Iowa: "Bill loved life and I loved that about him. I am thankful and proud to call him one of my mentors and my friend. Whether it was taking care of his employees or giving back to his community, Bill was a great example of passion, integrity, teamwork, caring, and excellence. I am a better person for having had Bill as my friend. He will be greatly missed."
About Kum & Go, L.C.
Kum & Go has maintained 50+ years of dedicated community commitment, each year sharing 10% of its profits with charitable and educational causes. Kum & Go is the fifth largest privately held, company-operated convenience store chain in the United States. Founded on exceptional customer service, Kum & Go is a pioneer in the convenience store industry. The family-owned company began in 1959, in Hampton, Iowa, and has grown to more than 420 convenience stores in 11 states (Iowa, Arkansas, Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wyoming). Thanks to the efforts of its more than 4,600 associates, Kum & Go convenience stores continue to lead the industry in customer service and convenience. In addition to a wide selection of products, Kum & Go provides customers a proprietary mix of products under the well-known Hiland brand name. Other proprietary product offerings include Java Ridge Premium Coffee, Napa Creek and Sea Ridge wines, Go Fresh Market sandwiches and Nuclear energy drinks.
Image Available: http://www2.marketwire.com/mw/frame_mw?attachid=2340828
Most Popular Stories
- NSA Defends Global Cellphone Tracking Legality
- Ad Counts Rise in 2013 for Hispanic Magazines
- Top Websites for U.S. Hispanics
- Networks Vie for U.S. Hispanic TV Viewers
- Saab Gets Back into the Game; U.S. Auto Sales Soar
- Apple Activates Customer-Tracking iBeacon
- Dell Offers Undisclosed Number of Employee Buyouts
- 2013 Tech Gift Guide: iPad Mini Still Hot; Chromecast a Great Low-Cost Option
- Authorities Close to Deal with JPMorgan Chase over Madoff Response
- A Biography of Jonathan Ive, Apple's Creative Chief