George Joseph Kruger

1928 - 2021

Plainview, MN


George J. Kruger, 93, of Plainview, died Sunday, April 18, 2021, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN.

George was born March 18, 1928 in rural Plainview, to William and Ann (Norton) Kruger. He graduated from Plainview High School in 1947. George married Dorothy (Blee) Kruger on September 2, 1950; they remained happily married until her passing in 2015.

George started Kruger Implement in 1959, where he sold Allis Chalmers tractors and other equipment. After he sold Kruger Implement, he started a car dealership, named George’s Auto. George was a member of St. Joachim Catholic Church. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, a longtime volunteer on the Plainview Fire Department, and a Hospice Volunteer for over 20 years.

George enjoyed fishing and hunting and went on many memorable trips with family and friends. George also enjoyed playing cards and hosting weekly poker nights for family members in recent years. George was not known to rest; he enjoyed staying busy fixing, tinkering with or repurposing anything he could get his hands on. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was exceptionally charismatic, sincere, and altruistic; his smile and sense of humor were magnetic.

Survivors include his daughters, Sally (Vince) Fangman of Pine Island; Barbara (David) Walkes, Mary Lou (Bill) Schad and Deb (Jim) Kreofsky, all of Plainview; sons, Gerard (Marie) Kruger, of Plainview, and Pat (Robyn Dahl), of St. Charles; 17 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; his brother, Ray Kruger of Wilmington, NC; his sister-in-laws Colleen Blee, of Florida, and Mildred Blee, of Illinois; his brother-in-law Jerry Blee, of Lake City.

He was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy, infant daughter Linda, brothers Wilfred, Edward and LuVerne, and sisters Eileen Krieger, Margaret Barnes, Dorothy Mussell, Betty Booth, and Luella Kruger.

There will be a private funeral service for family held on Monday, April 26 at St. Joachim’s Catholic Church, with Rev. William Becker officiating. Burial will be in St. Joachim’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Mayo Hospice or St. Joachim’s Church in Plainview.

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Mildred Blee, Paul Blee, John Blee, Nancy & Tyler Towns

April 24, 2021 7:54 PM

With loving memories of George.

We were talking the other day about our memories of George and one thing that was clear to all of us, George was always happy with whatever the moment had to offer.
Mildred Blee, Paul Blee, John Blee, Nancy & Tyler Towns

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Jim Krieger

April 26, 2021 4:21 PM

What a great man Uncle George was - he was always extremely kind to my mom and his sister  ( Eileen) and my dad Harry and always friendly and smiling to us kids  . I will never forget him coming to the cabin with the school bus camper and all of his kids running around having so much fun on that summer trip . He had a great life  and worked hard . He will be missed by many for sure . 

Mona Hendrickson and family

April 26, 2021 11:32 AM

Dear Gerard and family,
I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad and Grampa,
He was so kind and always wanted to help with whatever task that needed to be done.
I have many fond memories of him stopping by Marie and Gerards when we were there. 
He would quietly walk in with a big smile on his face and his eyes were filled with joy. 
Sometimes we didn't know he stopped by until we heard the lawn mower start. There was George in the back yard doing what he loved....helping out whenever he could.❤
One of my last conversations with Marie was about George. She loved him so much and wanted to be here before he passed away. Marie also wanted to be with all of you today to give support and be by your side.
We talked about how George could light up a room with his smile and what an amazing man he was. We talked about how great it was that George made the trip to N.C. to visit his brother and how he surprised Cassie at work by riding the motorized cart inside the store with a bag on his head!😂
George lived a good life filled with liove for his family, helping others and a great sense of humor.
I pray for strength as you grieve your loss and for peace and comfort knowing that George is living in the Glory of God's Kingdom. 

Charlie Rother

April 26, 2021 8:51 AM

George, you were a great person to talk
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Mike and Mary Withers

April 24, 2021 8:26 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Kruger family.  It was always good to see George driving around.  George and Dorothy were good neighbors. 
    Mike and Mary Withers

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