Paul K Krueger passed away on Monday, July 17, 2023, after a short and courageous battle with cancer. His last days were spent surrounded by his family in Phoenix, Arizona. Growing up, his daughters called him Superman because in their eyes, there was nothing he couldn’t do or fix. Paul was a jokester, a teaser; he was honorable, kind and smart. When he smiled, he had the most amazing “Krueger twinkle” in his eye and if you made him mad, well, you saw that in his eyes too.
Paul was born in Billings, MT, on February 1, 1953, to Jack Kenneth and Elizabeth Mary (Heily) Krueger. He spent his childhood growing up on Shane Creek at the family ranch in Columbus with his siblings Karen, Jack Jr. and David. He attended Columbus Elementary as a child and graduated from Columbus High School in 1971 where he excelled at track.
In the summer of 1970 at the Columbus pool, Paul met the love of his life, Carol Hanson, who had just recently moved to town. He never stopped taking care of her from that moment on. He reminded us just a few days before he passed that he fell in love with her the moment he saw her. They were truly soulmates and best friends, and gave so many of us a relationship to strive for.
He attended Eastern Montana College in Billings on a track scholarship, graduating in 1976. Paul and Carol were wed in Columbus on December 18, 1976, and would be celebrating their 47th wedding anniversary this year. After graduating from Eastern he worked as a store manager for Super America in Billings, before finding his dream career as financial advisor for Edward Jones in 1980, which took him and Carol to the place they would raise their family, Miles City. He continued his career with Edward Jones for over 43 years until his recent retirement in 2019.
In Miles City, Paul and Carol raised their three children Kari (1979), Katie (1981) and Kasey (1985). Paul loved his kids and did everything he could to support and encourage them. He coached all their sports, attended every game/meet and was always their biggest supporter. He was their sounding board and their go-to for advice and guidance on basically everything. Always encouraging them to be the best versions of themselves, Paul taught them that you should never settle for average.
Paul was involved in a number of organizations and clubs in Miles City. He was an active member of the Country Club, serving two terms as President; he was also involved in Kiwanis and the Elks. He delivered Meals on Wheels with good friends Bus Beals and Scott Tally. He sometimes enjoyed “moving a piano” on Friday afternoons with Bus and John Clark.
Paul loved to travel, and he and Carol were lucky enough to explore the world. From African safaris to a cruise down the Amazon River, nothing was too adventurous for Paul. Their most recent trip was a European River Cruise in May with their good friends and travel buddies Ray and Terri Schmidt.
Paul’s favorite place to spend his days since 2004 was their cabin on Holter Lake. There he and Carol spent spring through fall growing their garden and spending time with their kids, grandkids and constant stream of friends coming to visit. He loved to take the kids fishing, for rides on the tube, hikes up the mountain or enjoy s’mores by the fire with them. Each year they hosted their Krueger family for a 4th of July celebration with 30+ nieces, nephews and cousins coming from all over the world, enjoying Paul’s generous hospitality and family games.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Mary Krueger; sister, Karen Krueger Cox; brother, David Krueger; mother-in-law, Marilyn Hanson; and sister-in-law Donna Hanson. Paul leaves behind his loving spouse, Carol; daughters, Kari Cline (Fred) and Katie Moriarty (Max); son, Kasey Krueger (Kacye); grandkids Ellie, Cayden, Kye, Henry, Declan, Quinn, Carys, Kollins and Quill; brother, Jack Krueger (Kim); father-in-law, Roger Hanson; sister-in-law, Connie Henry (Rick); brothers-in-law, Terry Hanson (Renee) and Marty Hanson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Paul’s life will be held at Grace Bible Church in Miles City on Friday, August 4th at 2:00 pm. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Sherman Home Hospice of the Valley in Phoenix, Arizona, or the charity of one’s choice.