Donald "Dutch" Kruger, 93, of Rochester, passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at Mayo Clinic Hospital-Saint Marys.
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Dutch was born Aug. 7, 1920, in Eyota Township, to Edward and Rose Kruger. He attended Dunwoody Institute prior to traveling to Seattle, Wash., to work in a shipyard. Following Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Doran DD634. Dutch fought in all three major theaters of battle during World War II. Following his service, he moved to Rochester, and in October 1946, he married Nettie Springer at Peace United Church in a double wedding with his brother, Dayton (Audrey) Kruger. Dutch worked for Anderson Welding prior to working for the City of Rochester Street and Alley Department. He retired as lead foreman.
He was a longstanding member of the Rochester Eagles. Dutch's love of the outdoors included hunting and fishing with three generations of his family.
He is survived by his wife, Nettie of 68 years; his children, Jan Hanf of Rochester, Douglas (Lynn) Kruger, JoEllen (Brad) McLagan, Jeanne (Duane) Hamm and Mark (Sue) Kruger all of Rochester and Tracy Gibbs of San Antonio, Texas; two daughters-in-law, Barb Kruger of Pine Island and Mary Bodelson-Kruger of Lake City; a brother, Dayton Kruger of Nevada; and a sister, Audrey Denny of Rochester; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by sons, Dennis and Rick Kruger, an infant daughter, Theresa, brothers, Walter, Marvin and Edwin, and sisters, Mildred and Betty.
A memorial service for Dutch will be held Saturday, March 15, at 3 p.m. in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home, with the Rev. Scott Jorgenson officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service in the chapel. Military honors will be provided by the Rochester VFW Post 1215.
A celebration of life will be held at the Rochester Eagles Club following the service. Burial of his ashes will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery at a later date.
Macken Funeral Home is handling the arrangements and online condolences are welcome at mackenfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Post-Bulletin on Mar. 14, 2014
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