Dr. Raymond "Ray" Arthur Krueger, 62, of Stewartville, went home to his Lord and Savior on Thursday, July 16, 2015. His death of metastatic prostate cancer occurred at Seasons Hospice in Rochester.
Ray was born on Sept. 7, 1952, in New Hampton, Iowa, to Robert and Norma (Schissel) Krueger. He grew up on a dairy farm with his eight siblings.
He served his country honorably in the United States Army, being stationed at Fort Huachuca in Arizona.
Ray graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a bachelor of arts degree and taught high school chemistry. Later, he attended medical school at Des Moines University, obtaining his doctor of osteopathy. After residency, Ray came to work for Olmsted Medical Center at the Spring Valley office from 1992 to the present. Ray was a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practitioners. For his missionary work, he received the "Above and Beyond" award from OMC.
On Aug. 16, 2003, Ray married Connie Fields in Omaha, Neb. They had a wonderful, Christ-centered marriage which, upon his death, was just short of 12 years. His interests included medical/evangelistic mission trips, many with Samaritan's Purse. He provided medical care and shared the gospel of Jesus Christ in many countries around the world, including Bangladesh, Russia, Honduras, Mozambique, Haiti, Bolivia and the U.S. He helped establish a children's home in Honduras, and in 2014, he and Connie built and financially supported an orphanage in the slums of Haiti. Their most recent mission trip was to Alaska with Samaritan's Purse, volunteering with "Operation Heal Our Patriots."
Ray loved to play the organ to praise the Lord and was the organist for the Fillmore Free Methodist Church, where he attended services and was very active. He enjoyed mentoring, Scripture memorization and studying the Bible.
Ray is survived by his wife, Connie, of Stewartville; siblings, Robert (Robin) Krueger of Charles City, Iowa, Paul (Patrice) Krueger of New Hampton, Iowa, Linda (Brian) Gillespie of Poulsbo, Wash., Karen (Andrew) Sinnwell of Charles City, Iowa, Rebecca (Richard) Rausch of Ionia, Nancy (William) Gardner of St. Francis, Minn., Beth (Jamy) Ball of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, and Gordon (Donita) Krueger of Cedar Falls, Iowa, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his uncle, Carl (Judd) Krueger, and brother-in-law, William Gardner.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Aug. 1, 2015, at the Fillmore Free Methodist Church, 19127 County 8, in the Village of Fillmore, with the Rev. Michael Hopper officiating. Visitation will be from noon to 1:45 p.m. prior to the memorial service.
Ray donated his body to Mayo Clinic, and a private burial will follow at a future date.
If you have a story to share about Ray, Connie would appreciate receiving a written copy.
Memorials may be designated for Samaritan's Purse, Seasons Hospice or the orphanage in Haiti.
Published in The Post-Bulletin on Jul. 24, 2015.