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Many in the Blue Water Area are mourning the loss of Dr. Wilmont R. Kreis, a local orthopedic surgeon who died on Sunday at his home after a short illness. Dr. Kreis, originally from St. Clair Shores, joined Orthopedic Associates of Port Huron in 1976 and retired in 2013. He received his Bachelor of Science degree and medical degree from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. Dr. Kreis enjoyed working with local charities that enabled physically challenged children from Haiti undergo orthopedic reconstruction surgery in the United States. He has also authored several books. Dr. Kreis was raised on land in the Detroit River Region that belonged to his family for over 200 years. Many of his stories are historical fiction and are set in and around the Detroit Metropolitan area. He is survived by his wife, Susan and two adult children, Jennifer and Jeremy. Service arrangements are incomplete.