Dr. Larry Kruger


      Dr. Larry Kruger, age 86, of Greenbush, MN, died on Thursday, January 31, 2013 in Altru Hospital of Grand Forks, ND.


      Dr. Larry Kruger was born Elmer Lawrence Kruger, the son of Lawrence & Genevieve (Nygaard) Kruger on May 5, 1926 in Crosby, MN.  He was the oldest child of the family and began his education in Park Rapids, MN.  While his father was stationed in Fort Gordon, GA, he completed his high school education at Richmond Hill, GA.  He continued his undergraduate and medical education at the University of Heildelberg, Germany and doctorate of medicine from the Medical College of Georgia.  He completed his internship at Swedish Hospital in Minneapolis, MN.


      In 1957, he married Margaret “Peggy” Doell, a young nursing student from Grand Rapids, MN.


      Dr. Larry practiced medicine for 50 years in several Minnesota communities including Nashwauk, Hallock and established his practice in Greenbush in 1977.  He was also a very active community leader.  He was an active Lions Club Member for over 50 years and a Charter Member of the Greenbush-Badger Lions serving as President four different terms.  He was President of the Greenbush Town & Country club for 5 years as well as being EMS Medical Director and a member of many other various Boards of Directors over the years.


      He is survived by his wife of 55 years—Peggy.


6 children—Heidi (Bob) Wold of Philadelphia, PA,  Gretchen (Dennis) Moen of Eagan, MN,  Kathy (Rick) Sovde of Greenbush,  David Kruger of Wannaska, MN,  Alice (Barry) Kusnerik of Dickinson, TX and Holly (Tony) Deschene of Argyle, MN.


      17 grandchildren:  Abigail & Adam Wold,  Kyle, Eric & Patrick Moen,  Samantha & Trent Sovde,  Elysia, Sarah & John Kruger,  Alexis, Emily, Andrew & Grace Kusnerik,  Alec, Madison & Josephine Deschene.


      2 great-grandsons—Levi Sovde & Jaxon Kruger.


  3 sisters—Joe Ann Hyder of Denver CO,  Genevieve (Tom) Kirkland of Westminster, CO,  Mary Buchanan of San Antonio, TX & 1 brother—John Kruger of Denver, CO.


      He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother and his Aunt Margaret Nygaard.


      Memorial Services were held on Monday, February 4 in Gieseke Funeral Chapel of Greenbush with Dr. Kruger’s family conducting the service. Inurnment was in Blessed Sacrament Catholic Cemetery at Greenbush.


      Visitation was held on Sunday evening with a Rosary Service led by the family members.


Memorials are preferred to the Dr. Larry Kruger Memorial Scholarship Fund.