On February 15, 2014, at 11:45 pm Dr. David P. Krueger died from bone cancer in his sleep at his home with his family close. After his final journey out the door of his home we contemplate his life.
He was born on March 14, 1929, to Mollie (Aronson) and Paul Krueger. They lived on Cleveland Blvd. and later by Lake May in Walker, MN. He married Geraldine (Jerry) Paulson at Hope Lutheran in September 22, 1951. Jerry passed away March 18, 2011.
He loved the outdoors and fishing. He was always in the sun which led to battles with skin cancer later in life. He was a Walker High School Team Captain in football and basketball graduating in 1947. His many hobbies included collecting antiques, playing Canasta card games, and doing carpentry projects. He attended National Conventions for old collectable dolls and children's dishes with his wife and they enjoyed doll clubs in Bemidji and Fargo. He was an excellent photographer with traveling slide shows for events. Hunting on the family farm of his grandpa Louis and grandma Mattie was a lifetime tradition. For thirty years he tended to his rose garden and was on garden club tours. He was a Boy Scout leader with his two sons becoming Eagle Scouts. Dave was Rotary Club president in the 1960's and did not miss a meeting for decades. He dug for old bottles and history treasures with his boys and friends. He was president of the Park Rapids Historical Society and helped save the Court House to become a Museum. He was on the library board, sang in the Calvary Lutheran Church choir, attended area Norwegian clubs and played golf.
In 1950 to 1951 he fought on the front lines in the Korean War. He was in the Second Infantry Division at the border of Korea and China. His Unit was the first of two Units over-run by the Chinese when they entered the war. As a Second Lieutenant leader of rifle platoon K he led out his survivors through enemy positions and friendly artillery fire. He was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Hearts. He was then stationed out of Ft. Riley, Kansas.
He worked with his father doing taxidermy while going to college in Bemidji and the University of Minnesota Dental School. He lived with his family four years in the University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus “Tin” Village. Upon graduating in 1959 he moved to Park Rapids and practiced dentistry.
After retiring, in 1997 he designed and built the family home where his father had built a cabin in 1953 on Ten Mile Lake. He enjoyed the Ten Mile Lake Men’s coffee meetings. A highlight for many summers was the Whoop-De-Doo event, where friends and relatives enjoyed camping, water sports, and singing around the campfire.
In 1968-69 he hosted an AFS student Line (Leen) from Algeria who was French. Trips to Europe, mostly Norway and France, were favorite goals reached.
Dave was always whistling even while he worked. When in the same room he harmonized with Jerry’s singing.
He is remembered by his daughter Sandi and her son Justin of Walker, and David (Scott) of Eureka, California and Paul (Skip) of Brentwood, California.
Funeral services will be held at Hope Lutheran Church in Walker at 2:00 on Saturday, March 1, 2014. Visitation is Friday, February 28, 2014 from 5-7 p.m. at Dennis Funeral Home and 1 hour prior to service at the church. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.