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Willis Lavern "Bill" Kray
March 12, 1934–December 13, 2013
Willis "Bill" Kray, age 79, Anamosa, died Friday, December 13, 2013 at his home surrounded by his family, following an extended illness.
Funeral services were held Thursday morning, December 19, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Anamosa with interment in Norwich Cemetery, Martelle. Friends called from 4 until 8 Wednesday at the Goettsch Funeral Home, Anamosa.
Surviving is his wife, Ruth, two children Judy (Kevin) Monk, and Randy (Chris) Kray, both of Lisbon, extended family, Kelly (Glenice) Heskett, Anamosa, four grandchildren, Misty (Craig) Farr, Brad Monk, both of Anamosa, Michal Kray and Marshall Kray both of Lisbon; two extended grandchildren, Bill Heskett, Brandon Heskett, both of Anamosa; three sisters, Dorothy (James) Stadtmueller, Monticello, Leona Osterkamp and Marietta Gartland, both of Anamosa. He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, Edwin, Donald, Leonard and Kenneth, and two sisters, Henrietta Morning and Wilma Lurkens.
Willis Lavern Kray was born March 12, 1934 at Anamosa, Iowa. He was the son of Henry and Emma (Weers) Kray. He received his education in the Cass Center School. Bill worked at the Allis Chalmers Factory in Cedar Rapids. He married Ruth Christiansen on August 16, 1953 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Anamosa.
For most of his working career Bill worked in the road maintenance department at Jones County. He worked in Cass Township, Olin and Cascade and finished his career in Fairview Township. At home he loved to operate his skid loader, work with metal and was the neighborhood blacksmith; he was also the caretaker for Russ Cook's calves. For fun he hunted mushrooms and deer, liked to go fishing, play golf at Hillcrest in Mount Vernon and in Mission, Texas where they wintered. He also enjoyed dirt track racing at Farley, West Liberty and Dubuque, and watching the Cubs. He will be greatly missed by all his family and many friends.

Submitted by: Janet A. Brandt
Source: Midland Times, Wyoming, Iowa, 20 December 2013

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