William "Bill" James Kreins
May 20, 1937
November 9, 2018
William (Bill) Kreins was born on May 20,1937 to Joseph and Margaret Kreins of Oakland, California, and passed away on November 9, 2018 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Bill attended school in Oakland and Hayward, California, and joined the United States Air Force in 1956. Bill served in Spain and Japan as a control tower operator. He was honorably discharged in 1962 with the rank of Staff Sergeant.
Bill went to work at American Aviation, later known as Rockwell International, and today is known as Boeing. He rose through the ranks and became one of the leading managing directors in quality control on the Apollo rocket, and later the Bl Bomber program.
After a career of over twenty years he began a new career in the bail bond business. He served as the Vice President of several bail bond and insurance companies before retiring again to the mountains of Ruidoso, New Mexico with his wife Sue Ann. He continued to work in the bail and insurance business as a consultant, and was considered one of the leading experts in his field.
Bill and Sue were active in the American Quarter Horse Association, bred and raced quarter horses with their daughter Margaret, and were active horsemen for many years.
Bill was preceded in death by his wife Sue Ann, his son William and his brother Steven. He is survived by his daughter Margaret of Long Beach, California, his brother Edward and his wife Emily of Nipomo, California, his surrogate son Lyle Guillory of Louisiana, five grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at the Chapel at the Track in Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico at 11:30 AM, Friday, November 30, 2018. Internment will be at Ft. Stanton State Veterans Cemetery at Ft. Stanton, NM.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to the American Cancer Society.