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Krupps, William J.
William "Bill" J. Krupps, 90, of Galesburg, died at 12:40 a.m. Friday, March 16, 2012 at Rosewood Care Center, Galesburg.

Bill was born July 20, 1921 in Mt. Sterling, the son of Raymond and Rose (Boylen) Krupps. He married Dorothy OBrien on May 29, 1948 in Galesburg. She preceded him in death on July 5, 2011. Bill and Dorothy were the loving parents of five children, two nieces, and one nephew; two sons, John (Linda) Krupps of St. Augustine, and Joseph (Gina) Krupps, Galesburg; three daughters, Dr. Barbara (William) Weaver, Chicago, Mary R. Krupps (deceased) and Carol (Doug) Wilson, Washington; two nieces, Susan (Bob) Mills, Muskegon, MI, Anne (Dan) Miller, Ely, IA, and one nephew, Andy Pitman, Galesburg. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Ben Miller, Jenny Peterson, Brandy Steele, Adam Downing, Billy Krupps, Matt Miller, Katy Feldt, Kendra Boone, Maggie Mills, Becca Barth, and Rachael Dierickx; thirteen great-grandchildren with another to arrive any day; and a sister, Marjorie Garrison of Galesburg.

Bill graduated from Monmouth High School in 1939. He served as a Second Lieutenant in the Army Air Corp during WWII as a pilot instructor, flying B25's, from 1944 to 1946. Bill was a partner of Consumers Grain and Supply in Galesburg for 34 years, retiring in 1987. Bill also owned and operated his own crop dusting service using a Stearman. He was a member and past parish council member at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, a 50 year member of Father J.O. Hunt Knights of Columbus Council 556, a past member of the Exchange Club, and the Farm Bureau. He was also a member of the Illinois Grain and Feed Association, Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post #285, and served many years as a Scout Leader.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, with Rev. Tom Holloway, officiating. Burial will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery, where military rites will be performed by Ralph M. Noble American Legion Honor Guard. Visitation will be held Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. at Watson Funeral Home. The rosary will be prayed at 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family wished memorials to be directed to St. Vincent DePaul Society or to Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post #285.
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