Russell Kroeger

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Russell Warren Kroeger, 94, died peacefully with his family by his side on Friday, March 6, 2020, at Twilight Acres in Wall Lake, Iowa. Russ was a resident of Wall Lake and Lake View.

Mass of the Christian Burial was held Monday, March 9, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Wall Lake with Father Joe Dillinger officiating. Interment was at the Wall Lake Cemetery under the direction of Farber & Otteman Funeral Home.

Russ was born on Aug. 26, 1925, in Manning, Iowa, to Otto and Ella (Gosch) Kroeger. Russ was 7 years old when Ella died, and he and his sister Dorine were raised with the help of his grandmother Minnie Biehl and later his stepmom, Rose (Brandt) Kroeger. He attended Washington #3 country school and graduated from Vail High School in 1943. As a junior and senior, he lived and worked on a farm outside of town riding a horse to school. At an early age he took an interest in music and dancing as his high school yearbook stated he may become a famous dancer on Broadway like Fred Astaire.

On Feb. 7, 1950, Russ married Myra Elizabeth Faber of Wall Lake, where together they raised their four children on farms in Arcadia, Early and Lake View, Iowa. Dancing with his lifelong partner Myra was at the top of his loves, and they traveled all over northwest Iowa to enjoy friends and great dance bands. He loved farming, selling seed corn and visiting with area farmers. Working with animals and his registered Angus herd was his pride and joy.

He was elected to serve as a supervisor for Sac County for 16 years and he particularly enjoyed working on mental health, housing and road issues. Russ served on the Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service for seven years, was a trustee for Clinton Township, and was a member of the Farm Bureau Board and the Denison Angus Association.

Russell was an active member of St. Joseph Church and Lions Club. You’d often find him playing cards, bowling, golf or throwing horseshoes or watching and attending sports events. As a lifelong and loyal Cubs fan, winning the World Series in 2016 was his ultimate thrill.

Russell is survived by his four children, Sue and Mike Snodgrass of Naples, Florida, Joyce and Brad Shelton of Naperville, Illinois, Keith and Deanna (Simon) Kroeger and Carol and Derek Rohde of Lake View, Iowa; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, Jon and Stephanie Snodgrass (Elliana), Ryan Snodgrass and Lana Tran (Isla), Brent and Sarah Snodgrass, Lisa Shelton Hall and Jason (Adalyn, Sam and Logan), David and Lindsey Shelton (Ella and Henry), Kevin and Eric Kroeger, Angela Rohde Gillen and Jake (Clara and Gabrielle), Mikayla Rohde and fiancé Mike Hoppenthaler; and his brother-in-law Gary and Sharon (Ludwig) Faber.

He was preceded by his wife of 64 years, Myra Elizabeth Faber; his parents, Otto and Ella (Gosch) Kroeger, and stepmother, Rose (Brandt) Kroeger; his sister Dorine and husband Charlie Taranowicz; his brother-in-law Mervin Faber (Myra’s twin); and his in-laws, Tony and Mary (Steinkamp) Faber.

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