Robert Henry Krueger, age 82, of Stevens Point, died March 8, 2005 at Pine Manor Healthcare Center in the Village of Embarrass, Waupaca County.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Monday, March 14, 2005, at St. Paul Lutheran Church with Rev. Jon Wessel officiating. Interment will follow in Restlawn Memorial Park, Town of Grand Rapids, Wisconsin. Visitation is scheduled for Sunday from 3:00 PM until 7:00 PM at Boston Funeral Home, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, and at the church on Monday from 10:00 AM until time of service. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to UWSP Mens and Womens Basketball Program, Crossways Lutheran Camping Ministries, or St. Paul Lutheran School Athletic Department.
Mr. Krueger was born on September 8, 1922 in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin to the late Robert and Amanda (Kitzman) Krueger. He attended schools in Fort Atkinson and then enrolled in UW-Madison in 1940. His higher education was interrupted by three years of service in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and the American Theater Ribbon. Following military service Bob returned to UW-Madison and was a member of the 1947 Big Ten Championship Basketball team. He was married in Fort Atkinson on September 6, 1946 to the former Patricia Lentz.
Bob was a premier fastpitch softball pitcher for various teams throughout the State of Wisconsin in the 1940and 1950.
His 40 year teaching and coaching career began at Columbus High School in 1947 where one of his football teams earned a conference championship. From 1951 to 1953 he served as football coach at LaCrosse Central. At Janesville Senior High School, in nine years he took four basketball teams to the state sectional tournaments. Coach Krueger came to UW-Stevens Point in 1962 where he was head basketball coach and assisted in several other sports. His UWSP teams won a share of the conference championship in 1969 and participated in the NAIA District 14 playoffs in 1969 and 1971. He was UWSP Athletic Director from 1968 until 1976 and retired in 1987. He is included in the Janesville High School Hall of Fame, the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Hall of Fame, and the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame.
Following his retirement he assisted at the Peace Lutheran Campus Center and enjoyed watching his grandchildren participate in various sports.
Bob is survived by his wife of over 58 years, Patricia Krueger of Stevens Point; daughters, Sharon Moscinski and husband David of Appleton, and Debbie Beamish and husband Ken of Wisconsin Rapids; sons, Dick Krueger and wife Debbie of Conroe, Texas, Dan Krueger and wife Donna of Austin, Texas, and Doug Krueger and wife Eve of Plover; 14 grandchildren, Shellee Coley, Andy Moscinski, John Moscinski, Kyle Krueger, Keath Krueger, Laura Johnston, Sarah Krueger, Kevin Krueger, Amanda Beamish, Matt Moscinski, Kelly Krueger, Jason Krueger, Katie Krueger, and Bryan Beamish; 4 great grandchildren, Quillen Coley, Zealya Coley, Cole Krueger, and Cameron Smith. Numerous other relatives and friends also survive.