DAVID LEE KRUGER was born on July 20, 1946 to Martin and Elizabeth (Giesen) Kruger in Luverne, Minnesota. He grew up in Ash Creek, Minnesota, attending public school in Ash Creek, Adrian, Hills, and Luverne. He was married to Linda Wallace on May 28, 1966 in Luverne, Minnesota. After marrying, the couple moved into Luverne for a short time before moving back to Ash Creek where they raised their four children. David was confirmed and baptized at the Luverne Assembly of God church on December 5, 1976. He lived for a short time in Sioux Falls, South Dakota before moving to Steen, Minnesota. David worked for Hanson Silo for 20 years and then Hills Stainless Steel for 23 years, retiring in 2010. On January 11, 2023, while at the Sanford Luverne Hospital, David went to be with his Lord and Savior at the age of 76 years, 5 months, and 21 days.
David was known as “Quicksilver” and “Mayor of Ash Creek”. He will be lovingly remembered by many family and friends for his love of racing. David won many races and track championships. He was inducted into the Husets Hall of Fame in 2012. On his 60th birthday, he won an A feature while driving Pete Kracht’s car. David was always willing to help anyone who needed it and enjoyed fixing things. There was nothing David couldn’t fix. He was a kind, friendly, loving person. Everyone he met became a friend. He spent many hours playing bean bags, both in the backyard and playing in tournaments throughout area towns. He enjoyed spending time with his grandkids. He was always giving rides on the four-wheeler or moped and making them ice cream cones. He could often be seen attending auction sales, tinkering, and cutting down trees to split into wood. He loved being outdoors. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
David is lovingly remembered by his children, Wayne (Amy) Kruger of Ash Creek, Minnesota, Scott Kruger of Ash Creek, Minnesota, Mark (Kristi Demuth) Kruger of Steen, Minnesota, and Angie (Bob) Westrum of Steen, Minnesota; step-children, Kelly (Jarod) Tuntland of Canton, South Dakota and Kasey (Steffanie) Hall of Lennox, South Dakota; grandchildren, Dylan Kruger, Justine (Andrew) Miller, Megan (Jake) Schueller, Courtney Kruger, Wyatt Westrum, Ethan Kruger, Jack Kruger, Addison Westrum, Claire Kruger, Sam Kruger, Grayson Tuntland, and Kendall Middlen; great-grandchildren, Oaklyn and Ivy Miller; and special friend, Judy Middlen of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He was preceded in death by his wife Linda; parents Martin and Elizabeth Kruger; brother, Melvin Kruger; sisters, Alberta Kremin and Viola Swenson.