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Everette "Gene" Krueger
  • United Methodist Church
    110 E. 11th Street
    Eads, CO 81036
  • Kiowa County Home Health Service
    P.O. Box 817
    Eads, CO 81036

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Everette "Gene" Eugene Krueger was born August 26, 1926 in Ellsworth, Kansas to Leo and Anna (Stack) Krueger. The family moved to Kit Carson, Colorado when Gene was 3 years of age and this is where he grew up.

He joined the Navy in 1943 during WWII at the age of 17. After his discharge in 1946 he moved back to Kit Carson where he met Hazel Jacobs, who ran a local café. They were married October 6, 1946 in Denver, the beginning of a 65 year partnership.

Gene worked for the railroad in Kit Carson while his family grew. A son, David was born in November of 1949 and a daughter, Karen was born in March of 1951. The family moved to Denver in 1952 where Gene worked for a roofing company until 1953. In 1953 he joined the Denver Police Department as a Denver Police Officer until 1960. In April of 1960 a daughter, Nancy was born. From 1960 to 1968 Gene worked for Hutchinson Homes, mostly building the kitchens in these new homes. In 1961 the family moved to Lakewood, Colorado. A son, Monte was added to the family in December of 1963. It was during this time Gene and Hazel, along with Ruthanna Jacobs and the George Jacobs family bought land in the mountains above Fairplay, Colorado. Gene, with help from many family members built a spacious two story cabin. Many good times were had and fond memories were made at this cabin. During this time Gene also purchased 50 acres of land in the Fairplay area which he subdivided into lots he named the Snowstorm Subdivision.

From 1968 to 1974 he ran his own business, Krueger Construction. Late in 1974 the family moved to Gunnison, Colorado where they owned and managed the Dos Rois Motel, which included a large restaurant, lounge, banquet room and swimming pool. Through lots of hard work they built it into a very successful business. In 1977 the Dos Rios was sold and the family moved back to Lakewood Colorado. In 1980 they decided to move to their Snowstorm Subdivision where he built a large house on seven acres. Part of the sale of the Dos Rios included the trade-in of a motel in Sydney Nebraska; so when the loan defaulted in1983 they had to move to Sydney to run the Deluxe Motel. Once again, through hard work and skill, the motel was brought up to be in great shape and it was able to be sold a year later. In 1986 the couple moved from Fairplay to Eads where Gene built and remodeled several houses. In 1989 he decided he wasn't yet ready for retirement and bought the Country Manor Motel and Country Kitchen (formerly known as Manor House Restaurant) in Eads, which they owned until 2006.

In his later retirement years Gene enjoyed coffee with his friends and could be seen walking around Eads with his cane getting his exercise.

Gene grew up without much, a child of the Great Depression which shaped his hard work ethic and drive to better himself. He was a very talented wood worker and a good carpenter who built and remodeled many homes during his lifetime. Possibly his greatest passion was fishing, but the one thing he did not like was working on anything mechanical. You learned to stay away from him if he was in mechanical mode.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Gilbert and Orville (Toots) Krueger; sister, Evelyn Scott; and his much loved daughter Nancy Derby.

He is survived by his wife, Hazel Krueger of Eads; two sons, David Krueger of Wild Horse, Monte Krueger of Eads, daughter, Karen Krueger of Eads; brother, Jerry Krueger of Arkansas; brother-in-law, Alvin Seifkas; sisters-in-law, Ruthanna Jacobs, Jean Jacobs, and Lougene Jacobs; and son-in-law, Fred (Debi) Derby all of Eads. He is also survived by six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.

He passed away at Weisbrod Memorial Hospital in Eads on January 18, 2013. Memorial Services will be held at the United Methodist Church in Eads at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 25, 2013.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to United Methodist Church or Kiowa County Home Health Services.