William Carl Kran
July 30, 1935 – November 5, 2018
William (Bill) Carl Kran, 83, passed away on November 5, 2018 in Clearwater, Fl. He was born July 30, 1935, in Coal Valley, IL to Vivian (Seaman) Fay Kran and Carl August Kran. He is survived by his wife, Maia Renata (Hansen) Kran, his children Kristin Renata Muntzing (Steve), Carl William Kran (Jane), and four grandchildren Bridget Houck (Russell), 2nd Lt. Erik Muntzing USMC, Britton Kran and Maia Kran.
Prior to College, Bill completed a 108-week set of courses at DeVry Technical Institute in Chicago where he received a First-Class Radio FCC license that allowed him to be employed by the University of Illinois Radio Service. This, along with summer employment in Butler Building construction, provided enough funds which allowed him to pay for University costs.
In January 1962, Bill earned his degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois. Bill and Maia were married on February 17, 1962. They started their lives together in Sunnyvale, CA where Bill worked for Lockheed Missile Systems Division. In August 1965, Bill and Maia moved to Cedar Rapids, IA where he was employed by Collins Radio Company until January 1972 when Collins was combined with North American Rockwell. The new company cancelled the Collins research group causing Bill to be laid off. The following day, January 22, 1972, Bill found employment with Honeywell in Clearwater, FL. While at Honeywell, Bill worked on a system control structure to automatically find and provide repair to the European Wide Digital Microwave. The last program Bill worked on for Honeywell was the THAAD (Theater High Altitude Area Defense) anti-missile which is presently deployed in many areas where US defenses are necessary. Bill remained employed by Honeywell until he retired in April 2001.
Bill and Maia enjoyed their lives together with many cherished trips, which included visits to National Parks, Alaska, Europe, and to Estonia where Maia was able to retrace some of her heritage from the sad calamity of WWII, and the impact it made on her life. Bill never lost his passion for boating, especially in the Gulf waters where he enjoyed casting plugs for the fun of the catch. Bill cared deeply for his family and loved spending time with his children and grandchildren whenever possible.
A service to honor Bill’s memory will be held at First United Methodist Church of Oviedo, 263 King Street, Oviedo, FL 32765 at 5 PM on November 17, 2018. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 East Ohio Street, Suite 500, Chicago, Illinois 60611.
William Carl Kran
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November 13, 2018
My heart goes to you, Maia, and all of your family. Thinking of you at this difficult time of year as lost my father (who also loved to play cribbage!)on Thanksgiving last year & so am reflective with gratitude & blessings for our challenging yet delightful conversations about insurance which fortunately for all 3 of us diverted into much more fascinating reflections & updates about our lives & also helped me to better appreciate very keen engineering minds .
With blessings & a sincere thank you for the pleasure of knowing you both & the treasured memories I still hold.
Deanne and Don Klages
November 12, 2018
Our group "Friends before Kids" began in the 60's. We were all newly weds, poor and working. Don and I met Bill and Maia in 1962 when they moved into our apartment complex on California Street as newlyweds. When they saw us at the pool, they introduced themselves as our new neighbors and wanted to know if we would like to share a magnum of champagne. That was the beginning of a very long and lovely friendship. Maia turned the Magnum bottle into a lamp and still has it to this day. We introduced them to our other Friends Dan and Libby, Sandy and Norm and proceeded to continue making wonderful memories together. We usually spent every weekend together shared our leftovers, having game parties and playing penny poker. Even when they moved away, we still continued our relationships from a distance by meeting every two years and spending a week together on vacations. We all loved turning the music up to Trini Lopez and dancing up a storm. These memories will last forever. I am so happy we were able to meet and have dinner the beginning of this year and laugh at all the crazy things we experienced together. From the cabin in Boulder Creek, in the woods where we had lots of cheep wine and loud music, and got busted by a policeman, when asked for a fire permit, Bill showed him his fishing license . To Twin Lakes searching for golden trout and sleeping in a pink tent. Our time together was precious and I am sure we will all be with Bill again someday to continue our journey together. We are so grateful to have these wonderful friends be part of our lives. Bills was so special. He had such a cute since of humor and could have everyone in stitches with one comment. We loved visiting them and going out in his boat. We treasure the time we had together at the beginning of this year, when we met at a restaurant and were able to talk about all our amazing trips together. Until we meet again, we will miss you. Love Deanne & Don.
November 9, 2018
Bill and I enjoyed playing cribbage. We would take on Maia and Julie and usually lose to the girls. Looking forward to more cribbage in the next world.My deepest sympathy to you Maia and family.