Willliam "Bill" Kraham

3/30/2020

William “Bill” Kraham of Warwick, NY, formerly of Greenwood Lake, passed away on March 30, 2020 at the Kaplan Hospice House, Newburgh, NY, with his loving wife by his side.  He was 77 years old.

 

Born on August 1, 1942, in Brooklyn, NY, he was the son of the late Alice (Collins) and William Kraham.

 

Bill proudly served his country for two years in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era. He was an M.P., honorably discharged with the rank of Corporal E4.  Bill was honored and proud to go on the Hudson Valley Honor Flight #24 to Washington, D.C. in October 2019.

 

He worked for the Ironworkers Union Local 40 for 50 years. Finally retiring for the third time in February 2019; he loved his job and the people he worked with.

 

Bill was a member of American Legion Post # 1443, Warwick.

 

He enjoyed working, gardening, and traveling, but most of all, his family was his love and passion.  Or, as his good friend, Bruce Rohner stated, “He filled many roles: Grandfather, dog walker, landscaper, woodsman, mixologist, and an even-minded gentleman.”  He was the best, though, at being grandfather to his five grandchildren: Spc. John-Michael Ryan, Matthew Sean Ryan, Cassidy Rose Blaha, Miranda Leigh Blaha, and Eliza Mary Blaha. And we can’t forget the many other kids who loved and called him Grandpa Bill, Uncle Bill or just Grandpa; he adored all of “his kids” as he so lovingly referred to them.

 

A family statement reads: “Summing up Bill’s life in just a few paragraphs is almost impossible! There are just not enough words to describe the man he was and there is no form of measurement to describe how much he was loved and will be sorely missed by all (especially by his faithful, furry companion, Molly).”

 

Bill is survived by his wife, Barbara (nee Goldsmith Blaha); son, John-Christopher Blaha and his wife, Nicole of Scottsdale, AZ; daughter, Joan Marie Ryan and her husband Sean of Greenwood Lake, NY;  five grandchildren; and brother, Robert Kraham.  He was predeceased by his wife, Gerelyn Kraham and sister, Madeline Byrnes.

 

A memorial mass will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. Holy Rosary Church, 41 Windermere Avenue, Greenwood Lake, NY.

 

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Hudson Valley Honor Flight, P.O. Box 375, Walden, NY 12586 with Bill’s name in the memo.  One-time donations can also be made, with Bill’s name in the “optional” box, at www.hvhonorflight.com/donate

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Barbara, While looking at the funeral home’s web site concerning another individual who recently passed away I saw that you had lost Billy as well. I am so sorry to hear about your loss and that he had been ill. You were fortunate to love and be loved by two good men during your life and I hope that brings you some comfort during the future.
Sherry Keiber
4/4/2020
Barbara & Family, I’m so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing . He was truly loved by all and will b missed. You r all in my prayers Sincerely, Rita & Mickey
Rita jeleniewicz
4/3/2020
My heart goes out to you Barbara and family. I was so happy to have really got to know Bill on the Honor Flight. How many times we laughed, from me going into the men's room in Washington, than getting on the wrong bus, and that was just a few laughs. I said how fun he was to be around. Now I know why do many people loved his company. God bless all of you and the memories will keep tucked inside your heart till you are reunited again. 💗🇺🇸
Mary Francht
4/3/2020
Barbara and family, So sad to hear of Bill's passing. I have so.many great memories of Bill, softball, and Greenwood Lake. He made a difference. Jim
Jim McCay
4/1/2020
Dear Barbara, we send our deepest condolences. Our hearts are broken for your loss. Bill was such a wonderful man, friend , neighbor , husband, dad, grandfather and so much more. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. All our love, Jean and Jack
Jean and Jack Shea
3/31/2020
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