West Des Moines, IA (KICD-MTN-RI)–Kum & Go founder Bill Krause has passed away at the age of 78 in West Des Moines after a battle with cancer.
Krause owned a home that overlooked Heyward’s Bay on West Lake Okoboji and was an instrumental part of the resurrection of Historic Arnolds Park in the late 1980’s. Paul Hedberg tells KICD News that the park did not open in 1988 after it was purchased by Chuck Long.
The park re-opened the following year after a $1.5 million investment by the investment group. The park was then sold back to Long in 1997.
Hedberg knew Krause for roughly 25 years.
In 1959 Bill Krause and his father-in-law went into business together, selling staples like milk, bread and eggs at a gas station in Hampton, Iowa, becoming pioneers of what is now known as a convenience store. The enterprise grew into the Kum N Go convenience store chain, with more than 400 stores in 11 states.