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Obituary: Allen R. Krueger ’55

Allen R. Krueger died unexpectedly Friday, November 19, 2010 at his home in Elyria.

Allen, known to most as “Al”, was born in St. Louis, Missouri on August 27, 1933. He received a B.S. in Geology from Antioch College and went on to obtain a M.S. in Geology from the University of Illinois and a M.B.A. from Lehigh Univer­sity.

He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Korea after the war. As a geologist, Al was employed by Alpha Aggre gates in Easton, Pennsyl­vania, Allied Chemical in Syracuse, New York and Dravo Corporation in Mobile, Alabama and enjoyed attending annual geology forums.

His hobbies and interests included extensive reading, daily walks and long hikes, traveling in Europe and the U.S. Western states, classical music and opera, trips to sculpture gardens and major art museums, making furniture and small art objects in his basement workshop, his backyard pond and gardens, visiting his children and grandchildren and vigorous political discussions.

As a teacher for the Center of Lifelong Learning at Lorain County Community College, he conducted sculpture walks in Cleveland and led hikes on the towpath trail of the Ohio Erie Canal. A lifelong art enthusiast, he was on the Board of Directors for the Firelands Association of the Visual Arts (FAVA) in Oberlin.

Al was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Alice (nee Reed) and his brother, Tom Krueger. He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Sue Ely Krueger; and her children, Kathy White (Gary), Mike Ely (Jody), Liz Atkinson (Paul), and Ralph Ely (Nancy); and her 11 grandchildren; his children, Kurt Krueger (Cecelia), Karen Tarjan (Steve) and Laura Krueger; grandchildren, Paul Krueger (Kathy), Timothy Krueger, Wyatt Crawford and Flynn Crawford and his siblings, Dennis Krueger (Kathy), Bill Krueger (Suzy) and Clare Baumgardt (Larry).

A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 4, 2010 at the FAVA Gallery, 39 South Main St., Oberlin, OH 44074, from 2 to 4 P.M. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in his name can be made to the Hope Center for Growth, which serves the needs of teenagers with autism, P.O. Box 24632, Louisville, KY 40224.

The Reichlin Roberts Funeral Home, 327 Cleveland St., Elyria, is handling the arrangements. To leave online condolences for the family, please go towww.reichlinroberts.com.