|Birth: ||Mar. 20, 1920|
|Death: ||Sep. 20, 2002|
Ewald A Grosskrueger, 82, Loganville, died on Friday, Sept 20, 2002 at the Sauk County Health Care Center following a long illness. He was born on March 20, 1920 in the Town of Westfield, Sauk County, the son of Albert and Amanda (Klipstein) Grosskrueger. He was baptized on May 2, 1920 at St Peter's Lutheran Church in Loganville by Rev. F. Schalkhauser and confirmed there on May 28, 1933.
After attending school in Loganville, he worked as a farm hand for George Schlieckau, Sauk County's first pilot, where he developed an interest in aviation. Ewald served in the US Army, 341st Engineers during WW II. He worked as a heavy equipment operator for a year on the Alaska Highway. He then went to England, eventually landing on Utah Beach in Normandy during the D-Day invasion. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and received the Bronze Star for welding under fire on four railway bridges in Germany from May 1, 1945 to May 6, 1945.
On April 28, 1946 he married the former Lavera A Heinz at St. Peter's by Rev Carl Stubenvoll. They were married for 56 years. Together they ran his building and repair business, building and straightening timber frame barns, plumbing, wiring and doing mason work. In 1959 he bought one of the first backhoes in the area to use in his business. He enjoyed fishing and motorcycles. Ewald was a lifelong member of St Peter's Lutheran Church and a member of the Reedsburg VFW Post 1916. As a lifelong aviation enthusiast, he was a member of the Baraboo Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, member of the Experimental Aircraft Assn in Oshkosh and was an EAA Eagle Squadron Member 348 commemorating World War II aviation. He inspired his younger son to go into a career in aerospace engineering and his older son to become a private pilot.
Survivors include his wife, Lavera; two sons, Gary (Jeanette Welty), Waunakee, and Duane (Lisa), Highlands Ranch, CO; granddaughters, Rachel, Amanda and Sarah (Paul Mays); grandson, Dieter; step-granddaughter, Shanna Lindquist; great-grandson, Keenan; great-granddaughter, Natalie; two sisters-in-law, Shirley Grosskrueger and Lottie Heinz; three nephews; many cousins and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Betty Jean, in 1966; his parents; his brother, Harold; his brother-in-law, Raymond Heinz; and his father and mother-in-law, Herman and Emma Heinz.
Interment with military rites was in St Peter's Cemetery in Loganville.
Albert H Grosskrueger (1894 - 1922)
Amanda Klipstein Grosskrueger (1899 - 1976)
Lavera Heinz Grosskrueger (1919 - 2010)
(Infant) Grosskrueger (1953 - 1953)*
Betty Jean Grosskrueger (1957 - 1966)*
Saint Peters Lutheran Church Cemetery
Plot: Sec 2 Lot C2 Grave 1
Maintained by: Oscar Sandstrom
Originally Created by: Steve Centner
Record added: Jun 22, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 53982859