Dayton Alvin Kruger, of Las Vegas, formerly of Rochester, went to be with our Lord and Savior after a struggle with pneumonia on July 3, 2019, at age 91.
Dayton was born Aug. 18, 1927, in Olmsted County to Edward and Rose Kruger and grew up in Rochester. On Oct. 12, 1946, at Church of Peace, he married the love of his life Audrey House. He was a successful custom home builder and owned his own business. In 1991, they retired and moved to Henderson, Nev.
His greatest joy in life was spending time with his family. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He had a loving way of gathering family and friends together and making every occasion memorable and meaningful. He was active in his community. In Rochester, they were members of Peace United Church of Christ. The family is one of the longest standing members of the church. In Nevada, they were members of United Methodist Church and Henderson Presbyterian Church, forming a great friendship with both pastors and church families. Special times were attending Easter sunrise service at Palm Mortuary conducted by both pastors and other local pastors. Dayton was generous with his time and always wanting to lend a helping hand to family and friends. He enjoyed numerous hobbies like hunting, fishing, boating, snowmobiling, gardening, horseback riding, crafts and playing cards with friends.
He was kindhearted, giving, and a man of his word and great faith.
Dayton leaves behind his children, Sharon Speer of Henderson, Nev., Debbie (Ric) Berg of Rochester, and Kevin (Deb) Kruger of Henderson, Nev.; grandchildren, Karastin (Zach) Morgan of Missoula, Mont., Matthew (Lacey) Berg of Rochester, and Kevin Speer of Las Vegas; other family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Audrey; granddaughter, Kaitlin Berg; parents; all of his siblings: four brothers and three sisters, with him being the youngest; as well as other loved ones.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 at Peace United Church of Christ in Rochester with Rev. Paul Bauch officiating.