Obit: Harold J. Krueger, 85

Harold James Krueger, “The Jolly Woodchopper,” age 85, of rural Winsted, MN, passed away  Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, at Glencoe Long Term Care in Glencoe, MN.

A Mass of Christian Burial took place Monday, Feb. 22 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted, followed by interment at Holy Trinity Cemetery in Winsted.

Visitation was Sunday, Feb. 21 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted,  with a parish prayer service at 7:30 p.m. There was further visitation Monday morning at the funeral home from 9 to 10 a.m.

Honorary casket bearers were Mandy Dammann, Diane Gebhardt, Jennifer Sherman, Brad Millerbernd, Dean Schermann, Swaney, Lisa Bayerl and Melvin Bayerl from the coffee shop in Winsted.

Casket bearers were Joe Krueger, Derrick Krueger, Jonathan Krueger, Paul Krueger, Jacob Krueger, and Jedidiah Seth.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family. Online condolences may be made to

Harold was born June 13, 1930, in Marty, MN, the son of Edward and Justina (Quast) Krueger.

He was joined in holy marriage with Joanne Robling  Dec. 1, 1951,  in Victoria. God blessed their marriage with seven children.

Joanne and Harold engaged in dairy farming in Winsted Township, McLeod County, MN for many years.

Harold played the accordion, being in many bands throughout the state of Minnesota. He played at Sponsels Apple Orchard in Jordan, MN for 20 years; and at many nursing homes throughout Minnesota. He also played in the surrounding states and in Branson, MO.

Harold enjoyed his farm, playing the accordion, time spent at the coffee shop, and joking with people. He was handy with tools and could repair anything, and he enjoyed welding. His life motto was, “Live and let live.”

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Joanne Krueger; and foster brother, Alfred Spicer. He was there and held his father at his passing in 1960, and he held his wife as she passed away in 2012. After his father’s passing, Harold took his mother in and cared for her until her passing in 1993.

Harold is survived by his seven children, Richard Krueger of Winsted, Mary Krueger, LuAnn (Stanford) Hanson, all of Silver Lake, Monica Krueger of Winsted, Roy (Jane) Krueger of Waverly, Randall Krueger of Winsted, and Reginald (Debbie) Krueger of Watertown; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

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