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Eldora native and Kum & Go co-founder dies

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The Iowa man who helped build the fifth-largest, privately held convenience store chain, Kum & Go, has died. The Iowa man who helped build the fifth-largest, privately held convenience store chain, Kum & Go, has died.
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The Iowa man who helped build the fifth-largest, privately held convenience store chain, Kum & Go, has died.

William A. Krause died of cancer at his home. He was 78.

Krause was born and raised in Eldora before attending the University of Iowa. In 1959, he partnered with his father-in-law, to open his first convenience store in Hampton.

The business would later evolve into Kum & Go, employing 4,600 people in 11 states.

Gov. Terry Branstad issued the following statement on news of Krause's passing:

"Bill Krause was a great Iowa entrepreneur," Branstad wrote in a release Wednesday. "He built a successful family business that focuses on providing outstanding service to their customers. He was a manager for the Iowa Hawkeyes football team and a loyal Hawkeye fan. He always had a smile on his face, an upbeat attitude and was fun to be around. He will be greatly missed."

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