Bennie Krueger, 80, Minot, longtime Kief businessman, passed away Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, at Trinity Hospital in Minot. His funeral will be held Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at 1 p.m., at Liberty Baptist Church in Kief, with burial in the Kief Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday, Jan. 24, from 2 to 5 p.m., at Bethke-Nelson Funeral Home in Drake.
Bennie Krueger, son of Matt and Sophie (Martin) Krueger, was born Feb. 14, 1933, on the Krueger family farm near Kief, where he grew up and attended a nearby country school. He began working with his father on the family farm at an early age.
On July 9, 1953, he entered the Army and served his country during the Korean War. Following his honorable discharge on May 8, 1954, Bennie returned to Kief and resumed farming. In 1956 he purchased the local gas station and, in 1981, added a grocery store to the business.
He was married to Dorothy Vought Vetter on April 13, 1971, in Towner. They made their home in Kief, where Bennie continued to operate his business until moving to ManorCare in Minot on Nov. 7, 2011. Dorothy passed away April 25, 2011.
Bennie was a member of the Lawrence E. Meidl American Legion Post #270 of Butte and served as the Kief Cemetery sexton for many years. He loved music and in his early days he played guitar and sang as a member of the Dakota Eagles Band.
Bennie is survived by: one stepson, Duane Vetter, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; two stepdaughters, Donna (Ron) Plesuk, of Butte, and Nadine Vetter, of Washburn; many stepgrandchildren; brother, Gust (Jane) Krueger, of Minot; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by: his wife; his parents; a brother, Bill; and a sister, Emma Krueger.