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James Herman Krueger

01/18/1935 - 07/02/2023
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James Herman Krueger was born January 18, 1935 to Paul and Marcella (Bell) Krueger in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Fall Creek.  He attended school in Fall Creek and graduated in 1953. 

Jim began college at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and was called to active duty in the United States Navy in 1954. He began his service as a seaman apprentice (SA) aboard the Gearing-class destroyer USS Witek (EDD 848) and was promoted to personnelman petty officer 3rd class (PNT3). Jim’s love of water and beaches deepened as his service took him throughout the Caribbean, most notably Havana. He learned to scuba dive and frequently inspected the hull and propellers on the Witek. After an honorable discharge with the National Defense Service Medal in 1956, Jim remained in the Naval Reserve for eight years. 

After leaving active service, Jim married his childhood sweetheart Marlene May Kromrey at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Fall Creek on October 6, 1956. The couple lived in Whitewater and Necedah before moving to Winneconne in 1962.

Jim attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and received his bachelor’s degree in Business Education in January 1960 and completed his master’s degree in May of 1970. Jim taught business education for 35 years: first in Necedah, WI (January 1960 to May 1962), and then at Winneconne High School until retiring in May 1995. A tireless provider for his family, Jim additionally worked at Ryf Oil, Co. on weekends, taught night classes at Fox Valley Technical College, and advised the high school photography club. During the summers, he directed waterfront operations at Marble Park in Winneconne. In his retirement, Jim provided lawn maintenance for his son’s business for over 25 years.

Jim is survived by a daughter, Debra Krueger; two sons and daughters-in-law, Wayne and Janine Krueger, Allan and Cindy Krueger; five grandchildren, Matthew (Linda) Krueger, Wesley (Vanny) Krueger, Stephanie Krueger (Steven Acheson), Christian Krueger, and Hannah Krueger; and five great-grandchildren, Dylan Krueger, Charlotte and Benjamin Krueger, and Alex Ruetten and Aldo Acheson.

Along with his parents, Jim was preceded in death by Marlene, his wife of 64 years; a brother, Carl Paul Krueger; and a grandson, Elijah James Krueger.

All throughout his life, Jim enjoyed traveling, and together with Marlene, he saw most of the United States. Favorite destinations included Florida, the Gulf of Mexico, Arizona, Alaska, Hawaii, and numerous local campgrounds. Many of these adventures entailed either the camper or the motorhome with Jim always fearless at the wheel. When the motorhome was not a feasible mode of sightseeing, Jim and Marlene hopped on a number of cruises and planes to enjoy experiences farther afield in Europe or Mexico. Jim furthermore loved hunting (especially bow season), polka dancing, and playing with the farm set and Stomp Rocket with his grandkids.

Jim was a member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and served as president of the congregation during the 1970s. He was a 35-year member of American Legion Giles-Luce Post 364 and was also a member the Wisconsin Retired Educators’ Association.

A visitation for family and friends will be on Friday, July 21, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 8 S. 4th Street., Winneconne. A funeral service with full military honors will be held at 11:00 a.m. at the church with Pastor Ben Berger officiating. Burial will follow in the Winneconne Cemetery. Mueller Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. If you wish please submit online condolences to muellerfh.net.

The family would like to specially thank Phil and Molly Johnson, Jerry Schultz, Pastor Mark Albrecht, Pastor Ben Berger, the Vince Lombardi Cancer Center staff, and the caretakers—past and present—at Country Villa, Omro for their care of and compassion for Jim in his final years. 

Lynn & David Ihrig wrote on July 22, 2023
Our deepest sympathies to the family. Jim was a good guy and will be missed. Remember being in the camera club and he always let me use the camera to take pictures at the races.

Michael Falk wrote on July 17, 2023
My condolences to you and your family. Mr. Krueger was a great guy and teacher!

Mary Fahley wrote on July 11, 2023
My condolences to Debbie, Wayne, and Allan, as well as the rest of the family. Mr. Krueger taught me typing in 8th grade and took the pictures at my wedding. He was a great teacher and I know he will be missed.

Ken Mueller wrote on July 9, 2023
Our most sincere condolences on the passing of your father. We have many great memories of him—as a teacher, colleague, and friend. He is warmly remembered. God’s peace to you all.

Roxanne M Lee wrote on July 8, 2023
Wayne, Janine, Christian, Hannah and the entire Krueger family, My deepest sympathies on the loss of your dad and grandpa. I have fond memories of him as my typing and accounting teacher at WHS back in the early 80's. Memories of taking those speed and accuracy tests on the typewriters and using what now would be considered dinosaur Apple PC's for accounting make me smile. Little could I have known then that those classes and his influence would ultimately pave the way for a lifetime career path. I'm sure his influence and his memory will live on in many others who came to know him through WHS or through all of his community activities. Roxanne (and Rick) Lee

William Beck wrote on July 8, 2023
My deepest sympathy for your loss have great memories of hunting with your dad , actually got my first deer with him at Dale's swamp. He'll be missed sincerely Bill Beck

Susan Zellmer Vernon wrote on July 7, 2023
Condolences to your family. I remember Jim as my high school teacher and later a mentor as he gave me the opportunity to teach adult classes for FVTC . i also enjoyed watching your parents dance at class reunions, so polished!

Tim Hewitt wrote on July 7, 2023
Your father was a leader May is sole rest in peace Sorry for the the passing Of Jim