KRUGER, Klaas B. 1879-1929
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 5/2/2015 at 08:50:48
Klaas B. Kruger Dies Very Suddenly From Heart Failure
The End Came While He Was Seated In A Chair At His Home
Private Funeral This Afternoon
He Was 50 Years Old and Was the Father of Eight Children
Klaas B. Kruger died suddenly at his home in Grundy Center shortly after five o'clock yesterday afternoon. The end came without a moment's warning while he was seated in a chair. Heart failure was the cause.
Mr. Kruger was recovering from a mild attack of smallpox. This had nothing to do with his death. He was not sick enough at any time to take to his bed.
The Kruger home has been under quarantine for a number of weeks and it will be necessary to have a private funeral. A funeral service will be held at the home this afternoon.
Mr. Kruger was 50 years old on the 14th of last month. He was born in Grundy county and lived here during his entire lifetime. He made his home on the farm until about five years ago, when he and his family moved to town. For a number of years in partnership with two of his sons he operated a blacksmith shop in the Kahl building.
Mr. Kruger was married twenty-six years ago. The wife and eight children survive. Other close relatives of the deceased are the aged mother and four brothers, Christ, Henry, Baney and Albert.
The sudden death came as a shock to the relatives and to the many friends of the family.
Obituary next week.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 21 March 1929, pg 1
Klaas B. Kruger
Suddenly, like a bolt out of the clear sky, came the news of the demise of Klaas B. Kruger. He had been slightly indisposed the last few days and was confined to his house owing to a case of smallpox, which affected the family, when suddenly, just before six o'clock Wednesday evening, March 20, 1929, he was stricken by heart failure and in a few moments life had fled. The sad news came with paralyzing effect to all those who loved and respected him as husband, father, brother, son (his aged mother especially feeling the loss), friends, neighbors, citizens. We cannot understand; we humbly bow to the will of an almighty and merciful God.
Klaas B. Kruger, was born Feb. 14, 1879, in Colfax township, two miles north of Holland, Grundy county, Iowa. In the year 1903 he was united in marriage to Miss Hattie Pruisner. Eleven children were born to this union, three of whom died in earliest infancy. There remain to mourn his sudden departure his grief stricken wife, the children: Klaas, John, ?, ?, Harm, ?, ?, his aged mother, four brothers, Chris, Henry, Berend and Albert, and many other relatives. Relatives and friends every where keenly feel the loss and share in the sorrow of bereavement.
Living for some time in Minnesota, Mr. Kruger came back to Grundy county, farming for a while near Dike, and then moved to Grundy Center to take over the blacksmith shop, where he was known as an able and reliable craftsman, enjoying a large patronage. His sons have chosen the same work and will continue the business.
Formerly a member of the Holland Presbyterian church, Mr. Kruger and his wife in 1926 joined the New Presbyterian church of this city.
In the last few years Mr. Kruger had been enjoying fairly good health. Of late he suffered off and on with minor ailments for which he sought medical treatment, but his sudden death came as a surprise to all. He attained the age of 50 years, 1 months and 6 days. Owing to the nature of the disease reigning in the home, a private funeral was held on Thursday, March 21, 1929, with interment services at the Colfax township cemetery, his pastor, Rev. K. J. Stratemeier, officiating, who spoke on Isaiah 38:12.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 28 March 1929, pg 2
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