Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, May 9th at 6 p.m. at the Hafemeister Funeral Home in Watertown,
with Father Jorge Miramontes presiding. Burial, with Military Honors, will be on Thursday at the St. Bernard’s Catholic Cemetery in Watertown.
Relatives and friends may call to pay their respects at the funeral home on Wednesday from 4 p.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the St. Bernard’s Aspire Campaign or to Rainbow Hospice.
William Vernon was born in Oak Grove on December 8, 1920, son of William A. and Gertrude (Bullis) Krueger.
He attended schools in Watertown. On June 12, 1943 he married the former Lorraine Seeber in Camp Phillips, Kansas.
Bill enlisted in the Army in December of 1942. He served in the 94th Infantry as a Staff Sgt., landed in Normandy and fought in France and throughout Europe. Bill was a war hero being injured while serving in the Battle of the Bulge and received the Purple Heart. He was honorably discharged in November of 1945.
Bill was very handy working with wood. He was a cabinet maker for 60 years and had been employed as a carpenter with Krueger Builders. Bill had also been employed at Hevi-Duty in Watertown and was a Supervisor with U.S. Gypsum of Johnson Creek, retiring in 1982.
Bill was a member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Watertown. He was also a member of the Watertown American Legion Post #189 and a former member of the Amvets. He enjoyed senior bus trips to the Casinos, going up north, Musky fishing, wood working and was an avid walker.
Bill is survived by his three sons, Richard (Barbara) Krueger of Tomahawk; Jack (Mary) Krueger of Watertown; Tom (Debbie) Krueger of Watertown; his five grandchildren, Mike, Jeff (Stephanie), Brooke, Kyle (finance, Nikki), and Adam; four great-grandchildren, Austin, Ben, Matthew, and Emerson; two sisters, Margaret Heller of Watertown; Connie Kirkpatrick of Franklin; a brother, James (Marion) Krueger of Watertown; two sisters-in-law, Mary Krueger and Myrt Krueger; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bob and Betty Zimmerman, and sister-in-law, Ruth Seeber, all of Watertown, as well as several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Lorraine, on January 11, 2006; two brothers, Robert and Elmer, and a sister, Gertrude Schuenemann.
The family would like to thank the Golden Living Center, the Watertown Regional Medical Center, and Rainbow Hospice for their kindness, professionalism and care.
The Hafemeister Funeral Home of Watertown is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.hafemeisterfh.com.