William Kremer, age 90 of Wheaton, Minnesota, passed away Wednesday, July 15, 2020, at his residence in Wheaton, MN.
All current COVID-19 policies will be strictly enforced.
Visitation for William Kremer will be held Monday, July 20, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Ave Maria Catholic Church in Wheaton, MN.
Mass of Christian Burial for William Kremer will be held Monday, July 20, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. at Ave Maria Catholic Church in Wheaton, MN, with Fr. John Paul Knopik and Fr. Stanley Wieser officiating. Honorary urn bearers will be Bill’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A private family burial will take place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wheaton, MN.
Bill was born to Nicholas and Edwina Kremer on March 14, 1930, in Osakis, MN. He graduated from high school at St John’s Preparatory school. Following high school he enlisted in the United States Army where he was trained as an army cryptographer in Arlington, Virginia. After serving in the military, Bill attended Georgetown University in Washington, DC.
Bill found his lifelong passion in the newspaper business. He purchased his first weekly newspaper in Hillsboro, ND. He later purchased the Wheaton Gazette in Wheaton, MN, where he lived the remainder of his professional and personal life. During Bill’s lifetime he was co-owner of several weekly newspapers and printing plants including The Western Guard in Madison, MN, Dawson Sentinel in Dawson, MN, Canby News in Canby, MN, Pelican Press in Pelican Rapids, MN, Starbuck Times in Starbuck, MN, Pope County Tribune in Glenwood, MN, Quinco Press in Lowry, MN and American Press in Wheaton, MN.
He continued in the newspaper and printing business until the time of his death. He was very appreciated of his adopted hometown of Wheaton and an active member of the community spending numerous hours promoting Wheaton, or what he liked to call “God’s Country.”
Bill was united in marriage to Joanne Balkan in 1957. Together they raised eight children. He was a very involved and wonderful father, grandfather and great grandfather who would do anything for his loved ones. He will be greatly missed.
Bill will be greeted in heaven by his beloved daughter Lisa and his dog Izzy.
He is survived by his wife: Joanne of Wheaton, MN; children: Bill Kremer (Gayle) of Marshall, MN, Beth Kolles (Tom) of Edina, MN, Mike Kremer (Kathi) of Wheaton, MN, Jim Kremer (Barb) of St. Louis Park, MN, Barb Webb (Mike) of San Antonio, TX, Kristi Goss (Gordy) of Edina, MN, Jennifer Spicer (Pete) of Alameda, CA; fifteen grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Memorials preferred and should be given to the Traverse County Food Shelf.
Condolences may be sent to the family in care of Bill Kremer – 1007 4th Avenue North – Wheaton, MN 56296
To sign the online guestbook, watch the video tribute or service recording visit www.bainbridgefuneralhome.com.
Bainbridge Funeral Home of Wheaton, MN, is in charge of arrangements.