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John William Krueger

John William Krueger, 83, passed away Thursday, Jan. 16 at his home on Lake Thompson.

Born in Marinette on Feb. 7, 1930 to Jesse and Beulah (Elwood) Krueger, he graduated from Marinette High School in 1948 and received a bachelors degree from UW–Madison in 1952 and earned his law degree from UW–Law School in 1955. He worked and paid his own way through both college and law school. He married Phyllis Evancheck in Marinette on March 31, 1957 and they moved to Rhinelander in January 1958, where he practiced law with his cousin, Lee, in the law firm of Krueger & Krueger from 1957 to 1996. When his cousin retired due to ill health, he joined the law firm of Mouw, Saari, Krueger & Smith, S.C., practicing until his retirement in 2007.

He was elected City Attorney of Rhinelander from 1958 to 1968 and during his tenure he worked to have the Davenport Street Bridge constructed, bring the Oneida County Regional Airport to town and developed Nicolet Technical College. He was admitted to practice with the Wisconsin Supreme Court in 1955 and argued cases admitted before the High court, U.S. District Court Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin and to the U.S. Supreme Court. A member of the Oneida-Vilas-Forest County Bar Association, he served as President from 1966 to 1967, was a member of the Board of Directors of the State Bar Litigation Section for 12 years, a Section Chair from 1982 to 1984, member of the American Judicature Society, the International Association of Defense Counsel, Civil Trial Counsel of Wisconsin, Defense Research and Trial Lawyers Association. He was also an arbitrator for the National Arbitration Forum. For 22 years he was a member of the State Bar Association 's Responsibility Committee and was recognized as a 50 year member of The State Bar of Wisconsin in 2006.

Treasurer of the Northwood 's Chapter of Ducks Unlimited for over 35 years, he was a coach and Secretary of the Rhinelander Babe Ruth League. He was also a member of the Board of Directors and Secretary of the Rhinelander Athletic Booster Club. He Chaired the Oneida County Republican Party on numerous occasions, was a past chair of the 10th Congressional District – Republican Party, and was a past member of the State of Wisconsin Republican Party Executive Committee. A former member of the Lions Club, currently he belonged to the Kiwanis Club of Rhinelander. He was a past member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church and currently was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church.

He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoyed fishing, duck/deer/game hunting and spent many vacations at the shack with his friends and family.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; children Jess (Debra) Krueger, of Lombard, Ill., Eric (Lisa) Krueger, of Rhinelander, Susan (Ted) Grund, of Janesville; three grandchildren and a sister, Barbara Lindsey, of Edina Minn.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother James and numerous hunting dogs.

Visitation was held on Sunday, Jan. 19 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Hildebrand Russ Funeral Home. Visitation continued on Monday, Jan. 20 at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church with Lay Minister Jill Kusek officiating at 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. Burial was at Northland Memorial Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established to be given to his favorite charities.


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