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Harry Kruger

March 13, 1913-April 21, 2011

Harry W. Kruger, 98, of Detroit Lakes died Thursday, April 21, 2011 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes.

Harry William Kruger was born on March 13, 1913 in Sherwood, N.D., to John and Augusta Janzig Kruger. The family moved to Bemidji when Harry was a young boy.

He grew up and attended school in Bemidji and Roy Lake, MInn. He later moved to Fosston, Minn. On November 12, 1936 he was united in marriage to Mavadel Handyside in Fosston. They made their home in rural Fosston until 1958, when they moved to a farm south of Audubon. They farmed there until retiring in the early 1980s. Harry has been a resident at Emmanuel Nursing Home since 2008.

Harry liked carpentry, woodworking and picking blueberries. He especially enjoyed making Diamond Willow lamps for family members.

Surviving Harry are his four sons, Kermit Kruger of Detroit Lakes, Kenneth (Sharon) Kruger of Phoenix, Ariz, Dale (Joleen) Kruger of Osage and Everett (Jeanne) Kruger of Audubon; 17 grandchildren; 43 great grandchildren; 14 great-great grandchildren; one brother, Herbert Krueger of Twin Valley; and one sister, Edna Benson of Detroit Lakes.

Preceding Harry in death were his wife, Mavadel (March 5, 2011); two grandsons, Paul Kruger and Curtis Kruger; one great grandson, Skyler Preston; his parents; three brothers, Walter, Art,and Arnold Krueger; three sisters, Dorothy Onasch, Florence Sleeth and Hilda Bjorgan; and daughter-in-law JoAnn Kruger.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, with a 7 p.m. prayer service, at West-Kjos Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes.

Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Thursday, April 28 at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in rural Audubon, with interment in the church cemetery.

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