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William Carl Krieger, born August, 29, 1921 in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of the late Albert and Rebecca Krieger passed quietly and peacefully at home on Monday August 18th. Since birth, summer and fall were always spent at their waterfront home on Cypress Creek Road, Severna Park, which was purchased in 1913. After completing high school, he held various jobs with Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., Julie P. Friez (Bendix Aviation) and Edgewood Arsenal (Chemical Warfare Inspection Division). He enlisted in the United States Army August 1942 and served in Europe until November 1945. From June of 1944 through May of 1945, he saw combat action with the 449th Bn. attached to Patton's Spearhead 5th Infantry Division, traveling more than 2000 miles across Europe liberating towns in France, Belgium, Luxembourg (Battle of the Bulge), Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia. He received the Medal of Jubilee of Liberty (Normandy Invasion), the Bronze Star, Good Conduct w/Bronze Cluster, and European Theater Service Ribbon for his overseas service. Upon graduating from Valparaiso University, June 1949 he was employed by Baltimore City for a short period and began his career with the Maryland State Highway Administration in construction inspection and finally Bureau Chief of Real Estate Activities (Rights of Way Acquisition) 33 years. He married Dorothy Louise Ford August 23, 1947, a graduate of Hood College, Frederick and the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Baltimore. They had two sons William C Krieger II (Pam) of West Chester, Ohio and Jeffrey Ford Krieger (D'Ann) of Arnold, Maryland. Grandchildren Rebecca Krieger, Rachael Krieger, David Krieger, Barbara (Brandon) Vieira and William F. Krieger. Great Grandchildren Sabrina Frias, Samuel Frias, and Sevastian Frias. He is preceded in death by his sister Dorothy Dunstan. Hobbies and interests were sailing, gardening and playing music. He played guitar and vibraphone since his high school days in Baltimore. While serving in Europe he organized and directed an 8-piece dance orchestra that played for troops in Germany, and the Red Cross in London. In June 1945, he played with Glenn Miller's Band in occupied Dingolfing, Germany. More recently he was a member of the local Crabtowne Big Band and Severna Park Bums. A memorial service will be held at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, 611 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd. in Severna Park, Maryland Saturday August 23 at 11am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church.
Published in The Capital Gazette on Aug. 21, 2014