December 19, 2015 at his home surrounded by his loving family.
William was born January 8, 1923 in Brookfield Township, son of Carl and Lillian Kruger. He married Marjorie McCambridge June 16, 1945 in Sacred Heart Church, Kinsman. She preceded him in death on April 29, 2007 after being lovingly by his side through 61 years of marriage.
William (Bill Sr.) is survived by four daughters: Linda Bookout of Kinsman; Sandra (Rich) Roenfeldt of Ottawa; Karen (James) Hopp of Dayton, Ohio; and Pamela (James) Siedentop of Ransom.
Also surviving are 15 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren: Angela (Mike) Owen and June Woods; Jennifer (Brad)
Brayden, Trevor and Jace Jensen; Elizabeth (Neil), Sylvia, Juliet, and Hammond Narut; Sarah (Bryan) Josh and Anna Harper; Greg (Tara) Roenfeldt; Becca (Adam) William, Nicolette and Charlie Stewart; Kris (Kirby) Grant and Kate Woods; Kurt (Kelly) Bailey and Kenley Kruger; Kelly Kruger; Jessica Hopp; Stephanie (Tucker) Myla and Clara Frey; Amy (Eric) Kailey and Raylan Smith; Kevin (Kelly) Siedentop and Gregg Harrison; David (Cassie) Siedentop and Rachel (fiance Frank Erschen) Siedentop.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; six brothers; and the love of his life, Marjorie. In March 2015 and May 2015 respectively, he was preceded by his daughter-in-law, Marilyn Kruger, and son, William Kruger, Jr.
Devoted to his family, Bill was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He and Marjorie instilled this love of family in their children and grandchildren. Whether
it was while farming with his son and grandson, through quiet time spent by the farm pond with a fishing pole and grandchildren, during the annual Krugerfest celebration each summer, or by attending church then coming together with family after, his days revolved around the ones he loved.
After family, farming was his passion. Bill was one of God’s devoted care- takers of the land, with sunrise turning to sunset over his fields and each passing day beginning and ending on the farm. The love and appreciation of the land and farm life was passed along to his children. He taught his children and grandchildren how to drive a tractor, husk corn, and bale hay, always making sure each got to experience the joy of farming and appreciate the gifts of nature.
A resident of the Ransom and Kinsman area all of his life, he dearly loved the people there and always took time to stop and visit or help a neighbor.
Bill was a faith-filled man and a current member
of Sacred Heart Church in Kinsman and a former member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Ransom. Over the years, he was a member of the Lions Club, Ransom Fire Department, and was President of the Kinsman Telephone Company. In addition to farming, he also was a Pride Seed Corn salesman and worked for the Rodosky Meat Locker.
During his final weeks, he was assisted by wonderful caregivers who made his last days easier.
Bill Kruger Sr. will be missed dearly by those who knew and loved him. Everyone who remembers Bill is asked to offer a prayer in his memory this Christmas as Heaven calls one more special angel home.
A visitation was held Monday, December 21, in Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Kinsman. A Funeral Mass and Rite of Christian Burial immediately followed.
Hagi Funeral Home, Streator, was in charge of arrangements.