OBITUARY

William W. Krater

July 12, 1950January 29, 2019

William (Bill) Krater, age 68 of Holland, MI, passed away unexpectedly on January 29, 2019.

Bill was born July 12, 1950 in Chicago, Illinois, to William L. and Joan (Walker) Krater. He attended Grand Valley State College and worked for over 30 years as a special education teacher and principal at Ken-O-Sha Preschool and Lincoln Campus. Bill was very devoted to his church, Our Lady of the Lake, where he assisted by facilitating marriage preparation, liturgical coordination, and countless events. He was very involved in his community and dedicated countless hours to various organizations including; the Knights of Columbus, AMBUCS, Special Olympics, GR Friends of the Handicapped, and the Civitan Club. He enjoyed making memories with his family, traveling the world, and sailing on Lake Michigan.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents and his father-in-law.

He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara; daughters Jennifer (Jason) Murchison and Stephanie (Chad) Brackenridge, and grandchildren Madeline, Grace, and William; as well as his sister, mother-in-law, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, nephews and niece.

A memorial mass will be held Friday, February 8th, at 3pm at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, 480 152nd Ave., Holland.

Visitation will be from 1-3pm at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Heart Association or to Our Lady of the Lake Church – Haiti Mission.

Please visit www.lakeshorememorial.com for further information.

  • FAMILY

  • He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara; daughters Jennifer (Jason) Murchison and Stephanie (Chad) Brackenridge, and grandchildren Madeline, Grace, and William; as well as his sister, mother-in-law, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, nephews and niece.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, February 8, 2019
  • Memorial Mass Friday, February 8, 2019
REMEMBERING

William W. Krater

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Ruben Liceraga

February 11, 2019

From the very first time Pam and I met Bill at Ken O Sha school, the recent years we shared fish fry diners at the Knights O Columbus and all the great times we shared in between his bubbly personality was his trademark. He will be sorrily missed.

John Landis

February 8, 2019

I was truly saddened to hear about Bill's passing. He was my cousin, always so energetic and fun to be with. We were grateful to be able to visit Holland a few years ago, when you hosted us and took us sailing. Bill had a generous soul, dedicated to family and friends, and will be greatly missed. My sincere condolences to Barb and the family.

Patty Sydow

February 7, 2019

Mrs. Krater & Family,
My utmost condolences for your loss. Bill was my first principal twenty-seven years ago as I embarked upon my special education career at KOS. Bill was an admirable, most respected administrator and leader. He inspired and encouraged everyone he met. He knew all the kids by name & they loved his easy smile, silly jokes and humble manner. May you find peace and strength as his legacy lives on in your children and grandchildren. My deepest sympathy, Patty Sydow

Mari Price

February 5, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. He was such a wonderful man and I loved working with him as a director. He had such a passion for our kids with special needs. Warm thoughts and prayers to all who loved him.
God Bless,
Mari

Jay Livernois

February 5, 2019

Truly one of the most selfless of our Lord's children. Bill was an amazing inspiration and will always be one of the tutors that provided me the knowledge and strength whenever I start to feel like I've done enough. I will sorely miss your warm smile Bill...you are in His arms now.

Larry Andreano

February 5, 2019

Barb and Family:

My condolences for your loss. My thoughts are with you.

Larry Andreano

Sandy Barner

February 4, 2019

Barb- so sorry to hear about Bill. He had a zest for life! Loved his family and loved to share a good story. My years at KOS with Bill were memorable!
My deepest sympathy
Sincerely Sandy

George McDaniel

February 3, 2019

A good guy of the highest order. Bill made a difference in the many lives he
touched. We have many fine memories of times at Special Olympics Events.

George and Christopher McDaniel

Barbara St. Denis

February 2, 2019

Dear Barb and Family,

We are so very sorry to hear about your loss. Bill was always thinking of others in so many ways. He had such a special love for his family, and I'm so glad you have so many wonderful memories together. He will always be in your hearts. Please know that we are thinking of you with special prayers and wishing you comfort at this difficult time.

With our love, Barbara and John

Ray Barle Jr

February 2, 2019

I am really do not have the words on how sorry and sad this meaning to me! Bill my life long friend from grade school till now! Our life growing up with all our stories and memories I just can not believe he is gone ! I am sorry ! I just can not go on writing any more

FROM THE FAMILY