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Max A. Krueger Jr.


Max A. Krueger, Jr. died peacefully surrounded by his family at his residence in Boerne, Texas, on January 17, 2005. He was born May 21, 1917 in San Antonio. His parents were Maximillion Amadeus Krueger and Charlotte Herff Krueger. He is survived by his brother, John H. Krueger and sister-in-law Helen R. Krueger; nephews John H. Krueger, Jr. and his wife Linda, Paul R. Krueger and his wife Patricia and niece Ann Kinney and her husband Don; great-niece Jill Castillo and her husband Gilbert and great-nephew Alex T. Krueger and his wife Lee; great-great nephew Kennon Castillo and great-great-niece Katherine Castillo, and many Krueger and Herff cousins. His grandfathers were August A. Herff, a San Antonio architect and M. Krueger, founder of San Antonio Machine and Supply Co. His great-grandfathers were Dr. Ferdinand Herff, a pioneer Texas surgeon and Gustav A. Duerler, founder of G.A. Duerler Mfg. Co., what for many years was the largest candy factory in Texas. Max was a kind, generous and loving person. He enjoyed visiting with whoever came in contact with him. He was an enthusiast about aviation, automobiles and hunting. His hobby was restoring antique airplanes with the help of his very good friend and partner John Killian, especially those built in the 1930's. His two favorite were a Curtiss OXX-6 powered Brunner-Winkle Bird and a Waco GXE, both biplanes. Max learned to fly when he was 14 years old. In 1944 and 1943 he was the test pilot for a company in Dallas that overhauled PT-19 training planes for the government. In 1944 he joined the U.S. Army Air Corp and served one year in India and one year in China. After WWII he was a farm machinery salesman for 42 years for the Torgerson Co. in San Antonio. The family wishes to thank caregiver Donna Wertman for her many acts of kindness. A memorial service will be held Thursday, January 20, 2005, at 11:00 a.m. from St. Helena's Episcopal Church in Boerne, Texas, with the Rev. David Read officiating. Those wishing to send a memorial are encouraged to do so to The Cibolo Nature Center, P.O. Box 9, Boerne, TX 78006 or to a charity of their choice. Arrangements with Ebensberger Funeral Home.

Published in Express-News on Jan. 19, 2005
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