Obit: Krug, David J. (1929 - 2019)

Transcriber: Robert Lipprandt 

Surnames: Dums, Fairchild, Gitzlaff, Hanson, Heinz, Kapellen, Kittel, Krug, Neerhof, Nernberger, Nowak, Prell, Ratzlaff, Stilwell, Theil, Wiese

----Source: The Tribune-Phonograph (Abbotsford, WI) 8/21/2019

Krug, David J. (3 MAR 1929 - 18 AUG 2019)

David J. Krug, 80, of Owen, Township of Holway, passed away Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, at Dycora Transitional Living Center in Abbotsford, where he had resided for the past year and a half.

A funeral service for David was held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Township of Holway, Pastor Amy Heinz presided. Military rites were conducted following the service performed by the Stetsonville American Legion Post 519. Burial had followed at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Township of Holway.

Pallbearers were Cameron Gitzlaff, Jake Kapellen, Adam Fairchild, Nick Stilwell, Nate Neerhof, James Kittel and Brian Hanson.

Visitation was from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford. Visitation continued Wednesday, Aug. 21, at the church at 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m.

David was born on the Krug Homestead, on July 1, 1939, in the Town of Holway to Frederick and Myrtle (Larson) Krug. He attended Holway Public School and was a 1957 graduate of Medford High School. David married Juanita Wiese of Abbotsford on July 15, 1961, at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Township of Holway; she survives.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Berlin Crisis. David was a member of the Wisconsin Army National Guard 32nd Co E, 105th Armor Division and a member of the American Legion Post 519 of Stetsonville.

His education included UW Wisconsin-Madison, American Technical Agriculture Institute of Illinois and NTC of Wausau. David farmed for 39 years, worked for Berry Farms and Foremost Farms Cheese Plant. David was a board of director and officer on many local, district, state, national and international dairy boards, including Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Taylor Electric, Wisconsin Electric, Medford Area Schools, Memorial Hospital, Taylor County and State Farmers Union, County, District & State Family Dairy’s, County & State Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Dairy Council of Wisconsin, Dairy Management Inc., U.S. Dairy Export Council, World Dairy Trade Organization, ADRC of Northern Wisconsin, Taylor County Farmers Union, State Farmers Union Milk Market, Production Credit Association Advisory, County Snowmobile Clubs and State NonPoint Source Pollution Coordinating Committee.

He was also Farmers Union Youth Leader, received the Tri-County 1972 Outstanding Farm Award for Taylor County, 1973 FHA Farm Family of the Year, 1976 T.C. Outstanding Soil, Water & Conservationist Cooperator, 1980 National Farmers Union Farm Family Living Award, 1984 Taylor County Farm Family of the Year, 1993 T.C. Person of the Year, 1996 T.C. Centennial Farm of the Year (Krug) Homestead and 1999 T.C. Dairy Promoter of the Year.
David enjoyed snowmobiling, fishing, hunting, gardening, traveling and camping, but most of all, being with his family and grandchildren. He loved playing his harmonica. He also enjoyed restoring his 1957 WD Allis Chalmers tractor and sharing family history with others.

In addition to his wife, Juanita, David is survived by his daughters: Sarah (Charles) Ratzlaff of Sheboygan and Deanna (Daniel) Gitzlaff of West Allis; six grandchildren: April (Nate) Neerhof, Bethany (Jake) Kapellen, Grace (James) Kittel, Samantha (Adam) Fairchild, Emily (Nick) Stilwell and Cameron Gitzlaff; eight great-grandchildren: Norah, Natalie and Mason Neerhof, Joel and Eva Kapellen, Jordyn and Madelyn Fairchild and David Kittel.

David is further survived by his siblings: Marian (Ken) Nernberger of Medford, Judy (Galen) Nowak of Holcombe and Lavonne (Bernard) Dums of Medford; his brother-in-law, James Prell (Virg Theil) of Medford; and numerous nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

David was preceded in death by his parents and siblings: Keith Krug and Charlotte Prell.

Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements.

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