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June 13, 1930 – Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Service Information
Holy Trinity Catholic Church; Winsted, MN
Monday; February 22, 2016
10:30 A.M.

Visitation Information
The Chilson Funeral Home; Winsted, MN
Sunday; February 21, 2016
4 to 8 PM, 7:30 prayer service

Harold James Krueger, “The Jolly Woodchopper”, age 85, of rural Winsted passed away on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at Glencoe Long Term Care.

He was born on June 13, 1930 in Marty, Minnesota, the son of Edward and Justina (Quast) Krueger.

On December 1, 1951, Harold Krueger and Joanne Robling were joined in holy marriage in Victoria. God blessed their marriage with seven children.

Joanne and Harold engaged in dairy farming in Winsted Township, McLeod County for many years.
Harold played the accordion for many years, being in many bands throughout the state of Minnesota. He played at Sponsels Apple Orchard in Jordan, Minnesota for 20 years; and at many nursing homes throughout Minnesota. He also played in the surrounding states and in Branson, Missouri.

He enjoyed his farm, playing the accordion, time spent at the coffee shop, and joking with people. He was handy with tools and could repair anything, and he enjoyed welding. His life motto was, “Live and let live.”

Preceded in death by his parents; wife, Joanne Krueger; and foster brother, Alfred Spicer. He was there and held his father at his passing in 1960, and he held his wife as she passed away in 2012. After his father’s passing, Harold took his mother in and cared for her until her passing in 1993.

He is survived by his seven children, Richard Krueger of Winsted, Mary Krueger of Silver Lake, LuAnn (Stanford) Hanson of Silver Lake, Monica Krueger of Winsted, Roy (Jane) Krueger of Waverly, Randall Krueger of Winsted and Reginald (Debbie) Krueger of Watertown; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Harold Krueger will be held on Monday, February 22, 2016 at 10:30 A.M. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted.

Interment Holy Trinity Cemetery in Winsted.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, February 21, 2016 from 4 to 8 P.M. at The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted. A Parish Prayer service will be held at 7:30 P.M.

Further visitation will be held on Monday morning at the funeral home from 9:00 A.M. until 10:00 A.M.

Honorary Casket Bearers will be Mandy Dammann, Diane Gebhardt, Jennifer Sherman, Brad Millerbernd, Dean Schermann, Swaney, Lisa Bayerl and Melvin Bayerl from the coffee shop in Winsted.

Casket Bearers will be Joe Krueger, Derrick Krueger, Jonathan Krueger, Paul Krueger, Jacob Krueger and Jedidiah Seth.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to,

5 Guestbook Entries

  1. John, Jane, Kelsey, Nick Robling

    Our deepest condolences to the entire Krueger family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  2. Lois Majesku

    I want to express my deepest sympathy to Harold.

    I want to express my deepest sympathy to all of Harold Krueger family. I worked at the Winthrop Care Center for 38 years that is when I met Harold He was a remarkable man and a great friend. He will be greatly missed by many . I am glad that I have many of his music tapes. God be with you.

  3. Sharon May

    My deepest sympathy to all of Harold’s family..his music and humor and heart made this world a better place. He played with my father’s band at one time…I spent much time with him at Sponsels, Dozinky Days and played my accordion with him at G.A. Church festival….he will be greatly missed.

  4. Ann (Robling) Hayes

    Our deepest sympathy on your loss. May you find comfort in remembering the joy he brought to those lives he touched.

  5. Donald Joseph Krueger

    So sorry to hear of Harold’s passing. We spoke last on 28 Dec 2015. He was an Outstanding family man and a Great relative. Cousin Don Krueger, Yelm, Washington


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