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Obituaries

February 8, 2014

William 'Bill' J. Kuras

DANVILLE — William “Bill” J. Kuras, 86, of Danville, passed away at 6:57 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, at Colonial Manor Nursing Home in Danville.

He was born June 18, 1927 in Westville, the son of Tony and Mary Tetlin Kuras.

He married Barbara Jean Nelson on April 6, 1947, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Danville. She preceded him in death on Feb. 11, 2005.

Surviving are two sons, Jim (Nancy) Kuras of Bismarck and Jeff (Joyce) Kuras of Danville; two daughters, Tammy (Kelly) Heffernan of Danville and Tracy (Kim) Barnstable of Maryland; nine grandchildren, Amy (Mark) Toler, Jenny (Derek) Coon, Brett (April) Kuras, Wes Brady, Kara Barnstable, Stasch (Amy) Kuras, Chris (Kiley) Brady, Sadie Jean (Jason) Baer and Kyle Barnstable; and 11 great-grandchildren, Austin and Josh Toler, Ty, Kylee, and Brady Coon, EllyAsa, Annaleah, Mikayla and Jace Kuras, and Jaxon and Logan Brady.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister Dorothy, Gilbreath.

After graduating high school, Bill proudly served his country by enlisting in the United States Navy during WWII. After, he went on to work as a railroad conductor. He loved his job and his co-workers and retired in 1989 after 42 years of service.

He also was mechanically inclined and could fix anything, even building his own home in the 1950s.

Bill had several hobbies including fly fishing, woodworking and repairing his wood-working tools, but his true passion was golf. He loved to gather his golfing buddies and hit the links.

Bill also loved his family dearly, and enjoyed helping his wife landscape the yard and tend to her flowers.

A service to celebrate the life of Bill Kuras will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, A Life Celebration Home, in Danville. Pastor Ed Stone will officiate.

Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, where military honors will be conducted by the American Legion, Post 51. Visitation will be 10-11 a.m. Tuesday prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation or to the Westville American Legion Post 51.

Please join Bill’s family in sharing memories, photos, and video of his life through his Tribute Wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.

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