Kenneth A. Krueger
November 20, 1940 – June 14, 2018
Kenneth Adolph Krueger, aka “Hoss or KK,” age 77, of Taylor passed away Thursday, June 14, 2018. Kenneth’s life began on November 20, 1940 in Taylor, Texas. A few years later, his parents moved to Houston, and Kenneth started school in the ‘big city.’ It has been rumored that after a few years, he convinced his parents to move back to the country because he did not want to be a ‘city boy!’ He centered his life in and around the Noack area, but after graduating from Thrall High School in 1958, he gave the ‘big city’ one more chance when he started working at Tarrytown Pharmacy in Austin and attending Durham Business College at night. After two years, he ended his ‘big city’ efforts once and for all and moved back to the Noack/Taylor area. His entrepreneurship and his desire to be an independent businessman led him to start and manage several agricultural businesses, one of which was Central Texas Fertilizer when he partnered with John (Dunker) Stiles and Randall J. Tucek. During these business years, he became a mainstay in the Noack area and was ‘officially’ appointed the mayor of Noack. No one is sure who the appointers were, but he served honorably for many years. During these civic years, Kenneth was instrumental in putting Noack on the map by becoming the hub for such events as the now famous Noack/Taylor Rattlesnake Roundup, Chili Cook-Offs, Noack Jaycees, and Big Game Suppers. Kenneth’s father, Adolph was a charter member of the Taylor Rodeo Association where Kenneth proudly continued that honor by taking his place in the association after his father passed away. He was a faithful member of Kiwanis and Williamson County Board of Realtors. It’s also been rumored that because of his notoriety, (and his resemblance to ‘Hoss Cartwright’ on “Bonanza”), he was contacted by Hollywood to sub/double for ‘Hoss’ on this TV show!! In 1981, Kenneth decided this ‘life in the spotlight’ was getting out of hand, so he started in the real estate business joining McMakin & Associates. Kenneth’s brother James joined him in real estate in 2000, and together, they enjoyed working and joking with each other for several years. Kenneth continued his independent business desire in real estate until his death on June 14, 2018. Kenneth’s life was centered around his Christian faith, his family and his many friends. Christ Lutheran Church of Noack was his life-long church where he was baptized, confirmed and was a dedicated, faithful member. His parents, Adolph and Rosalie Krueger, preceded Kenneth in death. He is survived by his siblings, Janet Widmer and husband Howard, and James Krueger and wife Mary. His nieces and nephews are Kim Kubala (husband Mike), Kasey Kotrla (husband Gene), Chris Widmer, and Matt Widmer (husband Eric Cloud). His two great nieces are Kaitlyn and Kelsey Kubala. He’s also survived by his dear friends and extended family, Randall Tucek and wife Jalane, along with their sons, Travis (wife Kristen) with their family Brenna and Lila; and their son Matt and his family Jaycee and Carsyn. His visitation will be held on Monday, June 18, 2018 from 6 pm-8 pm at Condra Funeral Home. Funeral services will be on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 10 am at Taylor Brethren Church. Burial will follow at Taylor City Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Kevin Lange, Darrell Patschke, Joey Quebe, Matt Tucek, Travis Tucek, Chris Widmer, and Matt Widmer. His honorary pallbearers will be Joe Alderete, Allen Ray David, Mickey Miller, Roy Pinkert, Bill Price, and Pat Quinn. Kenneth was a simple man who did not ask for much. His biggest joy was working and socializing with people from all walks of life. He has left a ‘big hole’ in the hearts of many and will be sincerely missed. If he were here, he would have a big smile on his face and say “Happy Trails to You!” In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Christ Lutheran Church, 6730 FM 112, Taylor, TX 76574.
- Visitation Monday, June 18, 2018
- Funeral Service Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Kenneth A. Krueger
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"Shorty" and Karen Krieg
June 20, 2018
James and Mary, Janet,
We just this hour learned of Kenneth's passing - what a loss to your family. We are so sorry we did not know in time be there to give you a hug of love and support.
We will keep you in our prayers daily that you will find peace in your wonderful memories and the knowledge that you will all be together again and "all things will be made new".
Karen often shares the story of her 21st birthday and your mom's cake with 21 strawberries on top and our trip dancing (with cake in tow!) that Kenneth insisted we do to see that she had a "real" celebration by tasting every type of beer at the dance hall! What fun we had that night! (and any time we happen to see Kenneth!)
We love you and think of you all often! God's peace,
Shorty and Karen
jANIS bRINKMEYER GANGL
June 19, 2018
MY CONDOLENCES TO THE KENNETH KRUEGER FAMILY! HE WAS A HAPPY,LOVABLE AND GREAT PERSON TO TALK,LAUGH AND BE WITH! I THOUGHT KENNETH LOOKED LIKE HOSE CARTWRIGHT(DAN BLOCKER) OF BONAZA. WE ALL ARE GOING TO MISS HIS SMILE AND SILLY JOKES! REST IN PEACE KENNETH! GOD BLESS AND HE IS IN JESUS CHRIST LOVING HANDS! <3 O:)
Richard & Garla Jansky
June 19, 2018
Praying for your loss. Kenneth will be missed greatly by all.
Donna Repa Connell
June 18, 2018
Going to miss his sense of humor and kindness. Such a big guy with a soft sense and consideration for everyone. Always had a smile , a hand shake or a hug when he greeted people. An unforgettable, wonderful soul. Feeling blessed to have known him.
Terrie L Bachmeyer-Pavel
June 15, 2018
Oh my sweet Kenneth. How I will miss you! Always made me laugh, smile and brightened my day. Such a wonderful man that I was blessed to have known my whole life. I’ll miss your big ole Hugs and your flirty greetings.
In my thoughts, prayers and always in my heart big guy! Selfishly I will miss you beyond words but so happy you and daddy will be watching over me. Godspeed.