by Tammie Hensley | December 28, 2020 9:41 am
Last Updated: December 28, 2020 at 9:42 am
William R. “Bill” Kreie, age 79, of Ulysses, Kansas, died Friday, December 25, 2020, at Bob Wilson Memorial Hospital in Ulysses, following a car accident. He was born March 20, 1941, in Stafford, Kansas, the son of Ira “Ike” and Josephine “Jo” (Willinger) Kreie.
Bill grew up in Hudson, Kansas, where he graduated from Hudson High School. Afterwards, Bill attended Hutchinson Community College and served in the Air Force National Guard. He married Elaine Doris Kirmer on June 27, 1964. Bill began working at Amoco Production Company as a pumper and retired as a foreman. After a brief retirement, he worked as a Safety Consultant for Smyth Oil and Gas, S&S Meter, and managed D&L Storage. Over the years, Bill volunteered at the Satanta Fire Department and was a member of the Lions Club. He enjoyed hunting and spent more than 45 years as a Hunter Safety Instructor. In his free time, Bill enjoyed playing slowpitch softball, golfing, hunting, and going to car shows. He enjoyed playing Santa for a number of years. Together, he and his wife Elaine, enjoyed spending time with their dog, Dude. Both were active members of the Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Ulysses.
Bill is survived by his daughters, Laura Love and husband John of Kearney, Nebraska; Donna Davis of Flower Mound, Texas, one grandchild, Nic Davis, also of Flower Mound; and several nieces and nephews.
Bill is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Bonnie Miller and brother-in-law, Jack. His wife, Elaine, also passed away on December 25, 2020.
Vigil and Rosary Service will be Tuesday, December 29, 2020, at 6:00 PM at Garnand Funeral Home in Ulysses. Funeral Mass will be Wednesday, December 30, 2020, at 10:00 AM at Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Ulysses, Kansas, with Reverend Aneesh Parappanattu, MSFS officiating. A Graveside Service will follow at Stafford Cemetery in Stafford, Kansas, on Wednesday, December 30, 2020, at 3:00 PM. Funeral Mass may be viewed live on the Garnand Funeral Home Facebook Page. Visitation is Tuesday, December 29, 2020, from 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM at Garnand Funeral Home in Ulysses. Memorial contributions may be given to Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church or Ulysses Animal Shelter in care of Garnand Funeral Home, 405 W. Grant Ave, Ulysses, KS 67880. Condolences may be posted at www.garnandfuneralhomes.com.