KRUGER, Klaas 1842-1913
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 9/28/2016 at 15:20:28
Taps Sound For Klaas Kruger
Sunday morning at three o'clock taps sounded for an old soldier and a pioneer settler of Grundy county when Klaas Kruger, father of Henry Kruger of Grundy Center, passed away at his farm home in Colfax township. Mr. Kruger had been in town Friday evening and was in his usual health and the end came to him suddenly.
Mr. Kruger was born June 9, 1842, in Flasmeer, Ostfriesland, Germany, and came with his parents to America in 1856, settling in Stephenson county, Illinois, where he grew to manhood.
Sept. 10, 1861, Mr. Kruger enlisted in the 46th Illinois Infantry for a period of three years for his adopted country. He was in many engagements, one of the big battles being that of Shiloh in 1862. He continued in the service of his country until the close of the war.
In May 1866 he was united in marriage to Miss Berdenia Groenhaagen, who together with six children, five boys and one girl, survive him. For three years after his marriage he resided on a farm in Carroll county, Ill., and later resided for several years in Johanon, Ill.
In February 1871 Mr. Kruger moved to Grundy county and the following summer he purchased the homestead where he continued to reside until his death. Besides the widow and six children, all of whom reside in this county, he leaves two brothers and four sisters, beside grandchildren and other relatives to mourn his departure.
The funeral was held from the Drake church northwest of Holland Wednesday afternoon at one o'clock, Rev. Drake officiating. Burial was made in the cemetery adjoining the church. The funeral was very largely attended as Mr. Kruger stood high in his community. He was of pleasant disposition and made many friends to mourn with the family over his death.
The floral offerings were many and a special thanks are due the Women's Relief Corp and the G.A.R. for their floral tributes.
--The Grundy Republican (Grundy Center, Iowa), 18 July 1912, pg 1
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