Hafemeister Funeral Home And Cremation Service
Matthew A. Krueger
Service: April 22, 2012
Matthew A. Krueger
Matthew A. Krueger
The Lord gave us Matthew Allen Krueger on April 24, 1989, and He took him home Thursday, April 19, 2012.
Matt was a charming, loving and inspirational human being. He touched the lives of everyone he met, through school, work and play. Matt attended grade school at St. Paul’s in Ixonia. He was involved in 4-H for 10 years, Ixonia Victory. In high school he was a three sport athlete participating in soccer, basketball and tennis. He was involved with the Peer Helpers club. Matt and Casey were named cutest couple for their graduating class in 2007.
Matt did fine in school, but his true passion was working. Directly following his 18th birthday, Matt took a job with Jerry Hepp Excavating Inc. He loved everything about working there. He got to do it all, from mechanics to concrete, digging to driving and everything in between. Most of all he enjoyed the camaraderie with fellow employees and future brother-in-law, Ryan Hepp.
Matt soaked up everything Ryan ever told him and he was proud. Oftentimes Matt found himself getting involved in volunteer efforts for the local community including the Marine Corps League Aero Park, Watertown Elks Lodge, post office food drive and Chickens for several years.
Matt’s battle with cancer started in October of 2008. He was diagnosed with stage four mucinous adenocarcinoma. Matt was not fazed by his diagnosis, simply stated, he had more he wanted to do yet. Matt immediately started checking things off his list.
He proposed to Casey (Hepp) Krueger the following week, Oct. 30, 2008. Since then, Matt’s cancer has led them and their families on a whirlwind adventure. The road was never easy, but it was filled with some wonderful people and experiences they will never forget. Matt went through chemotherapy, none of which seemed to slow down his cancer or him for that matter. Matt had four surgeries, two of which were done by a specialist in Washington, D.C. He has had a number of other procedures done to help comfort and maintain. Through all of these horrible things, the smile never left Matt’s face.
He had a certain quality about him that words cannot describe. Anyone who crossed paths with Matt was inspired by his heart and faith; they couldn’t help but get involved. Matt’s passions and loves were his wife, his family and friends, his faith and his ’99 Z28 Camaro. The Camaro brought many wonderful experiences to Matt, including taking it around the track at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in North Carolina and being featured in the Camaro Performers Magazine.
Matt held on as long as he could. More life threatening concerns came up minutes following the doctor’s appointment where Matt and his wife, Casey, learned they were having a baby boy. Matt held on for eight more days. He died in his home with his mother and wife holding his hands and family and friends surrounding him. As his weak, decrepit body took its last heaping breath, they knew he found peace.
Survivors include his wife, Casey of Watertown; his parents, Brian and Kathryn “Kitty” (Danihel) Krueger of Ixonia; two sisters, Christine (Chad) Butzine of Waterloo and Jennifer (fiance, Michael Gates) Krueger of Ixonia; his brother, Nathan Krueger of Ixonia; his maternal grandparents, Tony and Maryjo Danihel of Brookfield; paternal grandparents, Arthur and Audrey Krueger of Ixonia; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jerry and Linda Hepp of Watertown; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ryan and Jennifer Hepp of Watertown; as well as nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Matt will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Ixonia with the Rev. Kenneth Ewerdt officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Ixonia.
Relatives and friends may call to pay their respects on Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Hafemeister Funeral Home and at the church on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family would be appreciated.
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