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William David Kraus

September 29, 1956 January 30, 2021
William David Kraus
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Obituary for William David Kraus

William David Kraus of Novi, Michigan passed away peacefully Saturday January 30, 2021 at the age of 64 surrounded by his loving family. Born September 29, 1956 in Lakewood, Ohio to parents Raymond and Patricia Kraus. Survived by his wife of 38 years Barbara, children Katlyn and Raymond, siblings Elizabeth Yost (Roger) and Gary Kraus (Tanya), numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.

As an avid outdoorsman Bill was never more at home than on the water, walking in the woods with his canine companions or beside a bonfire as the ‘Shalaylee Man.’ His playfulness and impish grin was of someone who enjoyed the moment and the banter back and forth. Those who had the pleasure to share his company will remember his humor above all. Every day, every moment had the crackling spark of potential in Bill’s world.

Many people have said Bill was born in the wrong generation. The truth is that he was the perfect bridge to help us remember what we have forgotten. Wild, untamed and free.

The family would like to extend their thanks and appreciation to the physicians and staff of the Charach Cancer Center who stood beside him as he fought the Bear.

In his memory and in lieu of flowers, the family requests considering a donation to the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center. His early years spent at the Center fostered his values for conservation and love of nature, which he happily shared with all.

In celebration of Bill’s life there will be an outdoor memorial in the future once we can all gather safely again where we promise to threaten you with a good time.


Event Information

Services will be set for a future date to be determined.

Memorial Contribution

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center


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