OBITUARY: Gary Martin Krutke, January 2, 1960 ~ August 5, 2017 - reprinted from the Hill Funeral Home website
Chief Gary Martin Krutke, age 57 of Prescott WI, died on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at Regions Hospital in St. Paul MN, after a long battle with cancer.
Gary was born January 2, 1960 in Daytona FL to parents Gerald M. and Jo Ann (nee Bozeman) Krutke. Gary later moved with family to Sheboygan WI, where he graduated from North High School with the Class of 1978. Gary enlisted and served in the United States Army, and later enlisted and served with the United States Marine Corps. While deployed in Iraq, Gary was wounded in combat operations, and earned the Purple Heart. He would serve in active duty, and in the reserves, for over thirty years.
Gary would further his education at St. Cloud State University, where he earned his Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice. From there, he embarked on career in law enforcement that spanned more than thirty years. Gary served as an officer in other jurisdictions from both Minnesota and Wisconsin, before joining the Prescott Police Dept, where he would be appointed Chief on January 13, 2014.
Throughout his life, Gary enjoyed radio controlled airplanes, snowmobiling, and boating, and especially loved to ride and build Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Much of Gary’s life was dedicated to serving his country, and the community in which he lived. His service to others spoke volumes to his character. Gary was a strong man with a soft heart. His police officers will remember him as an honorable and patriotic leader. Those in the community will remember him as a firm, yet fair, man. He will be missed by family and friends alike.
Gary is survived by his fiancée Tanya Keenan; his children, Joe Krutke, and Brittany Krutke; his granddaughter, Elizabeth Krutke; his mother, Jo Ann Krutke of Waycross GA; his siblings, Greg Krutke of Waycross GA, Karen Reseburg of Jacksonville FL, and Peggy Ann (Rev. Howard) Hass of Sheboygan WI; his beloved dog, Meeka; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends, and his brothers and sisters in the law enforcement community.
Gary was preceded in death by his son, Jared Krutke; and his father, Jerry Krutke.
Funeral Services for Gary Krutke will be held at 2:00pm on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at the Prescott High School, 1010 Dexter Street in Prescott WI. Visitation will begin at 10:00am that morning at the high school. Burial with full military honors will be held at a later date at the Jacksonville National Cemetery in Jacksonville FL.
Gary’s family requests that memorial contributions be made in lieu of sending flowers. Memorials may be directed to the Gary Krutke K9 Memorial Fund, where Gary's vision as Chief can still benefit the Prescott Police Dept. Services have been entrusted to the O’Connell-Benedict Funeral Home of Prescott WI (formerly the Hill Funeral Home). 715-262-5404
O'Connell ~ Benedict Funeral Home and Trusted Cremation Provider, of Prescott, WI is assisting the family with arrangements.
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