Bill Krahn

In the early morning hours of March 26, 2017, Bill (George William) Krahn died peacefully at his home on Kelly Lake. He was 93 years old.

Bill was born and raised in Oconto Falls, the son of Dr. George Washington Krahn and Polly (Clara Rohn) Krahn. The Krahn family had a summer home at Kelly Lake long before Bill was born, and he spent his childhood summers there. It feels like coming full circle that he lived his last years and passed away where he fished and swam and sailed as a boy.

Bill graduated from Oconto Falls High School and went on to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. World War II interrupted his studies there when he and his U.S. Marine Corps ROTC class were sent to the University of Michigan for training, and then on to the war. Bill returned from China in 1946 following post-war service there. He completed his UW degree in food technology at the UW School of Agriculture and went on to work for the H.J. Heinz Co. in Pittsburgh. He was again called to service in the Korean Conflict. Bill had a long and successful career with The Larsen Co. in Green Bay, a company later acquired by Dean Foods.

Bill’s life of service did not end with his active duty with the Marine Corps. He went on to continue his family commitment to medicine and health care in the Oconto Falls area through his many years on the local hospital board. This follows his father, Dr. Krahn’s, long medical practice in Oconto Falls and the Falls area.

Bill is survived by his cherished wife, Dorothy, and three daughters, Nancy (Larry) Kasella, Sally Krahn and Binky (Adelaide) Krahn. Also surviving him are his grandchildren, John and Meg Chevalier; nieces, Mary (John) Place, Stephanie (Duncan) Downs-Hughes, Kathy Downs, Carol (Kit) Scheidenhelm and Sue (Bob) vonHaden; nephews, George (Pam) Behnke, and Steve Meyer.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sisters, Loraine (Louis) Meyer, Leigh (George) Behnke and Anita (Martin) Downs. Also waiting for Bill is Rex, the German shepherd who grew up with him.

Bill will be deeply missed by his loving family and his many friends. We will remember him best for his great caring, his outrageous sense of humor, his songs and his colorful limericks. We will miss his big laugh, his ready smile and his kind nature. Godspeed, Bill. We love you.

The family extends special thanks to Kim Goddard, Bill’s devoted caregiver. Kim’s dedication made it possible for Bill to remain at home until the end of his life. We would also like to thank Unity Home Hospice for its compassionate care and support.

A memorial gathering to honor and remember Bill will take place in June 2017. Notice will be sent to friends and family.