William Kenneth Kreisch
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Ken on February 23, 2023, a man who achieved incredible success throughout his career, but who will be remembered most for his unwavering love for his daughter and family. Loving husband to Coni Kreisch; adoring and devoted father to Dr. Christina Kreisch; loving brother to Kathy Billingsley (Clay), Debbie Greer (Dwight), and Sharon Flanery (Don). Cherished Uncle, Godfather and friend to many.
Ken was born to William and Josephine in St. Louis, where he attended Vianney High School and graduated at the top of his class. He went on to St. Louis University, where he earned a degree in business and graduated Summa Cum Laude. Ken's love for cars was evident from a young age, and he spent much of his youth designing futuristic sports cars and dreaming of an Executive career in the automotive industry. After college, he had an opportunity to join GM as Vice President, but instead chose IBM where he quickly rose through the ranks and became the top sales executive in the nation.
Ken was a true titan in the business world excelling for many years as a top VP and National Sales Director for some of the world's most prestigious companies including IBM, GE, and Siemens. Ken's work ethic was legendary, and his success was a testament to his tenacity, intelligence, and unrelenting drive and commitment to excellence. Beyond his professional accomplishments, Ken was a man of great humor and warmth, always ready with a quick joke or a kind word. He had a way of putting people at ease and making them feel valued, and his quick wit and infectious laughter endeared him to all who knew him.
Ken's love for his daughter, however, was his greatest accomplishment of all. She was the center of his world, and he poured all of his energy and devotion into being the best father he could be. He was always there to offer guidance, support, and a listening ear with his unwavering love, and he made certain she knew she was loved unconditionally every single day. He instilled in her a strong work ethic, a sense of humor, and an appreciation for the beauty of nature.
His love for his daughter and family was evident in every aspect of his life. He spent countless hours entertaining the nieces and nephews over the 4th of July family holiday as Captain so everyone could go tubing on the lake. He was our culinary Grill Master cooking steaks for dinner and his famous cheese eggs for breakfast. He cherished spending hours on the deck with his daughter talking about the natural world he so deeply loved. He actively watched the eagles and hummingbirds which he affectionately called "hummers," and he even had an acorn-growing competition with his daughter to see whose nut would sprout first. Ken found solace in the great outdoors, marveling at its wonders and sharing his passion with those around him. He would spend his free time sitting quietly in nature, taking in its peacefulness and majesty and enjoying the many varieties of seasonal birds and wildlife near his home. Before his father’s passing, every night he loved listening to his father’s fishing stories and often chartered boats on the river to spend quality time with him to add to the memories, and regardless of time constraints, he was a devoted reader of the Bible each night.
Although Ken's passing has left a void in the hearts of all who knew him, his memory will live on through the countless lives he touched and the impact he made on the world around him. Rest in peace, Ken, and know that your legacy of love, dedication, and passion will continue to inspire us all.
Memorial contributions may be made in honor of Ken to the Sandy Island Bald Eagle Sanctuary.
Ken's funeral service will be webcast on March 31, 2023, click HERE to view.
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