S/L DFC, DFM (Retired)
It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, neighbour, friend and honoured WWII veteran on November 26, 2007.
Fred Kruger, Squadron Leader (retired) born in Ruth, MB, on September 5, 1920. He enlisted in the RCAF in 1940. After training as a pilot he was transferred overseas where he served from 1941 to 1944 as a bomber pilot. While serving in England, he married Joan Link of London. During two tours of operations against the enemy, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross which he received from King George VI. Following the Second World War, S/L Kruger remained in the RCAF as an instructor pilot from 1948 to 1949; officer commanding in an auxiliary support unit in Training Command and Air Defense Command 1949 to 1953; RCAF liaison officer at Strategic Air Command, Omaha, Nebraska, and deputy commanding officer of 432 Fighter Squadron in Bagotville, Quebec 1957 to 1960. He worked for the NORAD Sector from 1960 to 1963, in Moses Lake, WA. He became the Chief Administrative Officer, Moose Jaw, SK 1963 to 1967, when he retired from RCAF after 27 years of dedicated service. He continued working for the Federal Government in various positions, finally retiring from the Correctional Service of Canada, in Abbotsford in 1985.
He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Joan; five children Gary (Gail), Marnie (Mike), Sandi (George), Curt (Brenda) and Carole (Nolan); 11 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren, and sister, Min “Minnie” Rollins.
Friends and family are invited to a memorial service on Saturday, December 1, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at Henderson’s Funeral Home 34537 Marshall Road, Abbotsford, BC.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to SPCA.
Henderson’s Funeral Home