Reuben Otto Krieger, age 91 of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Monday, May 20, 2019 at Mayo Clinic Health System Austin. He was born on November 12, 1927 in rural Elba, Minnesota, the son of Adolph and Alice (Maier) Krieger. He attended Plainview High School and graduated in 1946. Following high school, Reuben enlisted into the US Army Air Force, proudly serving his country until his honorable discharge in 1949. He then went on to attend Winona State University, graduating in 1953. Upon his college graduation, he began teaching Industrial Arts at Lewiston High School.
On December 29, 1956, Reuben married Marlene Stellwagen in Lewiston, Minnesota. Together they raised four children, Randy, Julie, Tom, and Terry. In 1961, Reuben began teaching Industrial Arts in Austin. He retired from teaching in 1983. He was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, American Legion Post 91, and the Austin Area Amateur & Ham Radio Club. Reuben enjoyed traveling, camping, pitching horse shoes, and bowling. He took great pride in his many ribbons, patches, and trophies which included a patch for his perfect 300 game in bowling. He had a propensity for telling bad jokes and loved shopping for cars. Reuben will be greatly missed.
Survivors include his wife, Marlene of Austin, MN, Randy (Sue) Krieger of Phoenix, AZ, Julie (Carl) Dubois of New Richmond, WI, Tom Krieger of Christchurch, New Zealand, Terry (Carrie) Krieger of Rochester, MN; 10 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; sisters, Benevolence Barrymore of Clovis, NM, RuthAnn Kaelberer of Canon City, CO; brother, Jon Krieger of Plainview, MN. He was preceded in death by his parents, Adolph and Alice Krieger.
A memorial service will be held for Reuben and Marlene at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 24, 2021, at Worlein Funeral Home Chapel in Austin. Private family interment will be held at Hillside Cemetery in St. Charles, Minnesota. Services are prearranged and performed by Worlein Funeral Home of Austin.
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