Stanford “Stan” Douglas Krueger, 78, of Somerset, WI, passed away March 22, 2021.
He was born Nov. 30, 1942 in Wayzata. Stan grew up in Delano, and was proud of his hometown.
After graduation, he enrolled in the Army, where he spent time in Korea and Key West, FL. His time spent in the military provided him with the opportunity to attend and graduate with a degree in business administration and accounting from the University of Minnesota, subsequently earning his CPA.
During his senior year at the university, Stan served as president of the business board in the business school now called Carlson School of Business. He played college rugby.
Stan was hired by national CPA firm Ernst and Ernst right out of college, and passed his CPA exam on the first try, after studying while watching football games. He went on to become a treasurer of a commercial real estate company in Minneapolis, eventually working for Gopher Electronics.
He married Cheryl Pederson June 29, 1968, and they built their first home in Coon Rapids, in 1970. Soon after, daughter Tanya was born, and, 18 months later, son Scott.
Stan was active in the community, and a member of the Coon Rapids Jaycees. He was a charter board member of RISE, which provided jobs for the disabled.
Stan moved to Golden Valley, in 1975, and later to Maple Grove where he met Sandra (Sandi) Weberg. They were married December 26, 1981, and Stan gained two step-children, Donald and Mark. They relocated to Vadnais Heights.
From the time he was small, he loved farm toys. In the ‘70s, Stan started collecting toys at flea markets, and in the late ‘70s, he developed his first product, replacement fenders for tractors.
In 1980, Stan started “toying” with the idea of starting a business, and by 1981, Standi Toys was born. It started by visiting every small toy show he could.
These primarily took place in the five state region, and were took place most weekends. The toys would be packed into a small trailer Friday night after work, followed by a long drive to a small town for a show.
He was particularly proud of his annual toy show, which took place the last weekend in November for several years in the early ‘80s at the Delano American Legion.
In 1987, Stan decided to take the dream full time and “Standi Toys” accelerated.
The first shop was in Ham Lake, and it soon moved to Hugo. In 1993, Stan and Sandi purchased a building for the business, and a new home in Somerset, WI.
Stan loved the toy farming business, and was most at home chatting with his customers. His time was spent at the National Farm Machinery Show, Wisconsin Farm Technology Days, World Dairy Expo, and more. He particularly loved his time spent at the Minnesota State Fair, where Standi Toys had a building. Stan was a 2006 inductee into the National Farm Toy Museum Hall of Fame in Dyersville, IA.
His hobbies included playing cards (he loved a good game of euchre), the annual fishing trip with family, softball, farming, watching sports, and reading the paper. He enjoyed driving beautiful cars and was proud of his Ford Fairlane and Porsche. Stan loved to laugh and tell bad jokes.
Stan was a numbers wiz and could complete all math problems in his head. He enjoyed reading tax laws and preparing taxes, and he really enjoyed the last-minute rush to mail them by midnight on April 15. Stan had a photographic memory.
He will be missed by many family, friends, and business partners.
Stan is survived by children Tanya Krueger, and Scott Krueger; stepchildren Donald Jeszewski, and Mark Jeszewski; numerous step grandchildren; sister Darlene; brothers Edward “Norm,” Donald (Judy); and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by wife Sandra; infant son Eric; parents Ed and Eleanor; brother Mike; and nephew, Steve.
A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 17, at Iten Funeral Chapel in Delano. A gathering of family and friends will take place Saturday, from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the service.
Memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society, the Alzheimer’s Association, or Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, in Delano. Arrangements are by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.