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Willard Krueger

May 13, 1934 - July 08, 2017

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Willard L. Krueger, 83, Fargo passed away Saturday, July 8, 2017 at Rosewood on Broadway, Fargo surrounded by his family.

Willard Leroy Krueger was born May 13, 1934 in Lehr, North Dakota to Albert F. and Lena (Grabau) Krueger. Willard graduated from Jamestown High School in 1953. He volunteered for the draft and entered the U.S. Army, serving from 1953-1955. He was a crane and shovel instructor in Fort Leonardwood, MO and in Etajima, Japan.

On June 9, 1956 he married Ruth Thompson at Woodworth Lutheran Church in Woodworth, ND. At that time he worked for Gamble Robinson. Later, he started school at Wahpeton State School of Science in the Architectural Drafting and estimating department. In 1957, he worked for the City of Jamestown, ND as assistant City Engineer. Later he went back to his love of operating crane and shovels. In 1961, he began working at Camp Grafton, Devils Lake, ND. While in Devils Lake, the Army National Guard sent him to Fort Belvoir, VA. Willard completed the engineer equipment mechanic course at the Engineer School as an honor student. During the 12 week course, he received instruction in the maintenance of heavy construction equipment and was trained in gasoline and diesel engine repair. After leaving Camp Grafton, he became a railway mail clerk. He rode the rails from Jamestown to Miles City, MT. He later became a mail carrier at the Jamestown Post Office and later Fargo, retiring in 1990.

He belongs to the American Legion and was a life member of the AMVETS and N.A.L.C. (National Association of Letter Carriers). He was active with the A.F.L.C.I.O (49ers) and W.M.S.T.R. (Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion), where he operated the 1921 Marion Steam Shovel. He was also a Boy Scout Leader for Troop 215, Olivet Lutheran Church.

Willard was a talented craftsman, building several custom license plate birdhouses for his family. His favorite quote was “where there’s a Will there’s a way, and Will is here.”

In May, 2017 he was presented with the NALC Gold Card and pin for 50 years as an active member.

He is survived by his wife Ruth, Fargo; children, Nancy (John) Skarphol, Fargo, ND, Wayne (Lowann) Krueger, Fargo, ND, Neil (Brenda) Krueger, Fargo, Karen (Bill) Johnson, Fargo, ND; grandchildren, Adam (Bobbi) Skarphol, Nicholas (Kara) Skarphol, Gabriel (Maia) Skarphol, Taylor Krueger, Cerise (Dutch) VanLuven, Mandy Hough, Logan Krueger, Samantha (Kenny) Keller, Drew Johnson, Leah Johnson; great-grandchildren, William Skarphol, Maxwell Skarphol, Bailey Skarphol, Karter Skarphol, Tristen VanLuven, Sawyer Hough, Ayden Krueger; sister, Lila (Doug) Dehne, Mandan, ND; sisters-in-law, Sally Thompson, Lakeland, MN, Phyllis Krueger, Napa, CA; brother-in-law, James Schlenker and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and one sister.

Prayer Service: 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo with visitation starting at 6:00 P.M.

Memorial Service: 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at Olivet Lutheran Church, Fargo with visitation starting at 10:00 A.M.
Burial: Fargo Veterans Cemetery at a later date.

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11 responses to “Willard Krueger”

  1. Jean Jacobsen says:

    My sympathy and prayers to all your family Ruth. I am glad I had the chance to visit both Willard and you when he was in the hospital and have known both of you through bowling for several years.
    Jean Jacobsen Dilworth, MN.

  2. Teresa Ash says:

    Wayne, Lowann, Nancy, John, & the rest of the Krueger family-

    My thoughts & prayers are with you during this difficult time. Will was a very kind soul. May he rest in peace.

  3. Wilfred and Velma says:

    Sorry for the loss of your loved one. Bunny is having health problems so we won’t make the funeral. All our love and prayers are with all of you.. Love All

  4. Judy Larson-Lloyd says:

    Ruth and family, So sorry for your loss. You are fortunate to have a loving family to help you through this difficult time. Happy hearts for a life well lived. Your friend from childhood,Judy

  5. Angie Fiechtner Knapp says:

    Neil, Brenda, and family – I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your father and grandfather. Hugs and prayers for your family. P.S – I grew up in Lehr, ND. Very small world indeed.

  6. Roger and Lois (Johnson) Nenow says:

    Our sincerest sympathy to your entire family. Ruth and my mom (Donna Buskeness Johnson) I believe were cousins. My mom was also born in 1934 and passed away this past June. Prayers for your family on the passing of your husband, father, grandpa.

  7. Mike& Kathy Drewelow says:

    Ruth,

    Our prayers are with you and your family at this sad time. He may be delivering mail now in heaven.

    Mike & Kathy Drewelow

  8. Mary Anderson says:

    Thinking and praying for you Ruth, Karen, Bill, Drew and Leah. The FN cheering section won’t be the same without him. Feel the love and support of your Spartan family during this difficult time.

  9. Ann Larson says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you! May you rest in peace!

  10. Todd Benner says:

    To the entire Krueger family.
    So sorry for your loss. Willard was a kind, smart person I remember from my childhood on 14th Avenue. I remember Willard always working on projects around his home.
    It’s very hard to lose parents for my parents have both passed too. God Bless Willard Krueger.
    Todd Benner, Atlanta, Georgia

  11. Vivian and Wes Dunford says:

    So sorry for your loss. So enjoyed visiting with you two.

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