KRAUSE PASSES: Kum & Go Entrepreneur Dies

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The founder of Iowa-based convenience store chain Kum & Go has passed away following a battle with cancer.

A statement released by Kum & Go says William A. Krause died Wednesday morning at his home, while surrounded by family. He was 78.

Krause founded the business, which would eventually be known as Kum & Go, with his father-in-law in 1959 with one store in Hampton, Iowa. The company now has 423 stores in 11 states.

“Dad’s influence in the industry and with his associates and customers built a strong foundation for the company that continues today. He had a huge passion for people, especially Kum & Go associates. His appreciation for people is a legacy we will continue to carry on every day,” said son Kyle Krause.

Krause is survived by his wife Nancy, two sons, and a daughter.