Russell Warren Kroeger, 94, of Wall Lake, IA died peacefully on March 6, 2020 with his family by his side. Russ was a resident of Wall Lake and Lake View. Russ was born on Aug. 26, 1925, in Manning, IA to Otto and Ella (Gosch) Kroeger. Russ was 7 years old when Ella died and he and his sister Dorine were raised with the help of his grandmother Minnie Biehl and later his Step Mom, Rose (Brandt) Kroeger. He attended Washington #3 country school and graduated from Vail High School in 1943. As a junior and senior, he lived and worked on a farm outside of town riding a horse to school. At an early age he took an interest in music and dancing, as his high school yearbook stated he may become a famous dancer on Broadway, like Fred Astaire.
On Feb. 7, 1950, Russ married Myra Elizabeth Faber of Wall Lake, where together they raised their four children on farms in Arcadia, Early and Lake View, IA. Dancing with his lifelong partner Myra was at the top of his loves and they traveled all over NW Iowa to enjoy friends and great dance bands. He loved farming, selling seed corn, bulls, and visiting with area farmers. Working with animals and his registered Angus herd were his pride and joy.
He was elected to serve as a Supervisor for Sac County for 16 years and he particularly enjoyed working on mental health, housing and road issues. Russ served on the Agriculture Stabilization & Conservation Service for 7 years, was a Trustee for Clinton Township, a member of the Farm Bureau Board and the Denison Angus Association. Russell was an active member of St. Joseph’s and Lions Club. You’d often find him playing cards, bowling, golfing, throwing horseshoes or watching and attending sports events. As a lifelong and loyal Cubs fan, winning the World Series in 2016 was his ultimate thrill!
Survivors include his four children, Sue and Mike Snodgrass of Naples , FL, Joyce and Brad Shelton of Naperville, IL, Keith and Deanna (Simon) Kroeger and Carol and Derek Rohde of Lake View, IA; nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren, Jon and Stephanie Snodgrass (Elliana), Ryan Snodgrass and Lana Tran (Isla), Brent and Sarah Snodgrass, Lisa Shelton Hall and Jason (Adalyn, Sam and Logan), David and Lindsey Shelton (Ella and Henry), Kevin and Eric Kroeger, Angela Rohde Gillen and Jake (Clara and Gabrielle), Mikayla Rohde and fiancé, Mike Hoppenthaler, also his brother-in-law Gary and Sharon (Ludwig) Faber.
Russell was preceded by his wife of 64 years Myra Elizabeth Faber; his parents, Otto and Ella (Gosch) Kroeger, stepmother Rose (Brandt) Kroeger, his sister Dorine and husband Charlie Taranowicz, his brother-in-law, Mervin Faber (Myra’s twin) and his in-laws, Tony and Mary (Steinkamp) Faber.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Russ Kroeger Memorial Fund.
% Carol Rohde, 3371 Otter Avenue, Lake View, IA 51450