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Dennis Ray Krueger

Friday, August 10, 2018

Dennis Ray Krueger, 80, passed away Aug. 1, 2018, in Hamilton. Services were Saturday, Aug. 4, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aleman, followed by burial in the St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery. Mr. Krueger was born Nov. 6, 1937, to Otto “Joe” and Hattie Krueger in Aleman. He grew up on the family farm and spent his Sundays at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, where he was baptized Nov. 25, 1937, and confirmed May 11, 1952, and remained a lifelong member. He attended parochial school at St. Paul’s for his primary education before graduating from Hamilton High School in 1956. After graduation, he joined the United States National Guard Reserve and lived for a bit in Fort Worth, where he worked for Western Electric Co. On Aug. 22, 1959, Dennis married Bernadene Marwitz of Indian Gap at Trinity Lutheran Church in Pottsville. They made their home in Hamilton, where they welcomed three daughters, Denise Joy in 1962, Denette Joyce in 1965 and Deanna Joan in 1969. Dennis worked for Sprint Telephone Co. (formerly Gulf States United) in Hamilton for 41 years before retiring in 2000. A lifelong farmer, he also raised cattle and hogs on the farm and enjoyed a garden with each spring, summer and fall season. He enjoyed raising show animals with his children and grandchildren and hunting and fishing with his sons-in-law, friends and later grandsons. He loved family gatherings full of sauerkraut and sausage making at his parents’ home place. He was preceded in death by his parents, Otto and Hattie Krueger and his beloved daughter Denette Gilmore. Survivors include his wife of 58 years Bernadene of Hamilton; daughters Denise Hughes and partner Terry Horton and Deanna Melde and husband Darrell, all of Hamilton; son-in-law Kevin Gilmore of Abilene; grandchildren Jessica Hughes of Stephenville, Jeremy Hughes and wife Lindsy of Gatesville, Dylan Melde of Hamilton, Devyn Gilmore of Fort Worth and Dawson Melde of Hamilton; sisters Betty Jo Haile of Weatherford and Patsy Melde and husband Mark of Hamilton; cousin, Barbara Feldman of Hamilton; and a host of nieces, nephews and dear friends.