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Orville E. Krueger, 93

Orville Emil Krueger, age 93, of Hutchinson, died Friday, March 24, 2017, at the Prairie Senior Cottages in Hutchinson.

He was born July 11, 1923, in Wykoff, Fillmore County, the son of Gustave and Emma (Miller) Krueger.

Orville attended school in the Gibbon area.

He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith, and was a member of the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel at the time of his death.

Orville was united in marriage to Alice Schiro April 13, 1947, at Peace Lutheran Church in Cosmos. The couple made their home for a short time in Stewart, before moving to Dassel, and then, Mission, TX. Orville and Alice moved back to Dassel in 1952.

In 2011, Orville moved back to Texas to live with his daughter, until 2014, when he moved back to Dassel. He resided at the Prairie Senior Cottages in Hutchinson since 2015.

Orville had been employed by the Universal Lab Ergot Plant, Storm Industries, and as a garbage collector by Smith Sanitation in Dassel.

A humble, soft-spoken man, Orville always listened to others before he spoke. He loved his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren deeply.

Holidays were special to Orville – they were the times that he could bring his family back together. He enjoyed bird watching, reading a good book or could often be found in his garden, taking care of his strawberries and vegetables.

Orville spent time traveling by train through Europe and Germany with some of his children. He also enjoyed taking car rides through the countryside, watching the crops grow, the sunsets, and nature’s beauty.

Orville enjoyed many types of vehicles, but always had a tender spot in his heart for a Ford.

He is survived by his children, RuthAnn Krueger of Cokato, Mary (Roger) Skoog of Hutchinson, Janet Krueger of Cokato, Judy (Jerry) Peterson of Georgetown, TX, Eugenia (Glen) Rix of Hutchinson, Sharon Krueger of Annandale, Carol (Russ) Hayes of Maple Grove, Barb (Dennis) Schneider of Zimmerman, Sue McGary of Crystal, Paulette Krueger of Maple Grove, Becky (James) Mathews of Glencoe, John Krueger, Joel Krueger, both of Cokato, Paul (Abby) Krueger of Maple Grove, and Mark (Cheryl) Krueger of Indiana; daughter-in-law, Lotus Krueger of Hutchinson; 19 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Orville was preceded in death by his wife, Alice; sons Daniel Krueger and Dave Krueger; granddaughter Ariel Schneider; son-in-law Tom McGary; his parents; and two brothers, Melville Krueger and Luverne Krueger.

The funeral service took place Tuesday, March 28 at 11 a.m. at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel, with the Rev. Carolyn Pflibsen officiating. Interment followed at the Lake Arvilla Cemetery in rural Dassel.

There was visitation one hour prior to the service at the church.

The Johnson Funeral Home of Dassel handled the funeral arrangements.

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