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LeRoy Krueger - January 27, 2014

LeRoy Daniel Krueger, age 82, died Jan. 27, 2014, at Melissa Memorial Hospital in Holyoke. LeRoy was born Feb. 5, 1931, in Amherst to Otto and Augusta Krueger.

He attended school in Amherst through the eighth grade and then attended ninth and 10th grade at Phillips County High School in Holyoke. He received his GED during his military service in the early 1950s.

He worked as a surveyor for E.V. McCullem Surveying from 1949-1952. In August 1952, he was drafted by the U.S. Army, and from August 1952 to October 1952, he attended engineer school at Fort Belvoir, Va., and studied general drafting. From there, he went to Korea as a surveyor during the Korean War until April 1954. He was then released from active service and transferred to Army Reserve in Camp Carson as a corporal until he was honorably discharged in July 1957.

On Feb. 8, 1955, LeRoy married Eunice Naydene Hayward at her parents’ home in Humboldt, Neb. After their marriage, LeRoy returned to his job for E.V. McCullem as a surveyor until the late 1960s. From there he worked for H.L. Hunt Oil Company until early summer 1972 when he decided to permanently move the family to Holyoke. During this 17-year period as a surveyor, he and Eunice traveled and lived in 57 different cities in 15 states.

Once in Holyoke, LeRoy worked as a meat cutter for Holyoke Super for approximately two years and then began working for the Phillips County Road Maintenance Department until his retirement in February 1996. In the mid-to late ’70s, LeRoy became very active in the local American Legion and VFW, becoming the post commander of VFW #6482 in Holyoke from 1978-1980. He also served in many other capacities over the years. He was very proud of his military background and of those who had served.

In retirement and in life, LeRoy always enjoyed a cold beer, playing cards with his friends, sitting outside by his garage and watching people, spending time with his family, visiting with his pastor, eating his chocolate, and above all, solving countless numbers of word search books.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Otto and Augusta; his brother, Burdett; and his sister, Loretta.

He is survived by his wife, Eunice; son and daughter-in-law, Kim and Melody Krueger of Erie; daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Rick Prottsman of Holyoke; son, Kelly of Norfolk, Neb.; and grandchildren, Brittney and Brook Prottsman of Holyoke.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Amherst.

The funeral service was held Jan. 31 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Amherst. Interment followed at Holyoke Cemetery.

Gerk Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.