Lyle Dean Kruger, the son of Helmer and Lydia (Christians) Kruger was born November 10, 1937 in Rock Rapids, IA. Lyle learned as a young child the gift of gab. His aunts raised him, having lost his mother at the age of 2. When Lyle's father married Lena he attended school in Ashton and learned the carpentry trade from his father. He went on to serve in the U.S. Army for two years. When he returned home he opened a mechanic shop in Royal, IA with his brother Helmer. Moving to Cherokee, he worked for Peterson Motors and drove truck for Van Top Inc, before opening his own repair shop, Kruger Repair. He then went to work for Christianson Brothers where he spent 25 years as the shop manager.
Lyle enjoyed NASCAR races, dancing, camping, and fishing. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
On Wednesday, October 17, 2018, Lyle passed away at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center in Cherokee, IA at the age of 80. He was preceded in death by his parents, Helmer and Lydia Kruger; his stepmother, Lena; one sister, Thelma (Charlie) Hatting; and one brother, Bob Kruger.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 57 years, Gale (Ewoldt) Kruger; their 5 children: Sherri (Brad) Roberson of Ashburn, VA, Stephanie (Kevin) Clabaugh of West Des Moines, IA, Doyle (Rebecca) Kruger of Cherokee, IA, Daniel Kruger of Minneapolis, MN, and Shelly (Micheal) Langworthy of Mankato, MN; grandchildren, Melody Roberson, Chelsie (Ben) Damm, Christopher Clabaugh, Mason (Katlyn Snyder) Kruger, Noah Langworthy, and Carter Langworthy; one great-grandchild, Alivia Damm; siblings, Helmer (Joyce) Kruger; step-sisters, Marlys (Chuck) Osburn, Virginia (Burdell) Meinerts, Beatrice (Don) Moore, and Delores (Lloyd) Krull; one sister-in-law, Shirley Kruger.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, October 22, 2018, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cherokee, Iowa.
Military services will be provided by the Cherokee V.F.W. L.A. Wescott Post 2253 and the Cherokee American Legion.