Funeral services for Harold A. Kruger, age 85, of Albert Lea, will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home. Gary Froiland will officiate. Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19 at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Thursday.
Harold died Saturday, April 15, 2017 at Mayo Clinic Health Systems – Austin.
Harold A. Kruger was born on September 11, 1931 in Fairmont, MN, the son of Ray and Esther (Bremmer) Kruger. He grew up in Fairmont and then moved with his family to Oakland where he attended school. In 1952, Harold was drafted into the U.S. Army. After his discharge, he returned to the Oakland area farming with his dad and working various jobs in the Albert Lea area. In 1965, he became self-employed as the founder of Kruger Implement where he sold antique farm equipment. On July 24, 1986, Harold was united in marriage to Charlene Crews. He was a member of Oakland Lutheran Church. Harold loved antique John Deere equipment, tractor pulls, snowmobiling, and card and board games with family, and looked forward to playing with and singing to his grandchildren every night.
Harold is survived by his wife Charlene, son Harlan (Amanda) Kruger, grandchildren Heidi and Jackson Kruger, six stepchildren, many step grand and great-grandchildren; sisters Lavonne Froiland and Lois Chapek, and many nieces and nephews.
Harold was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, Doloris (Wayne), Helen (Frank), Bill (Genevive), brothers-in-law, Art Chapek and Kermit Froiland.