Neil L. Krueger, 58

Neil L. Krueger joined his heavenly Father on July 26, 2012, at the age of 58. Neil passed away at Froedert Memorial Lutheran Hospital surrounded by his family.

A celebration of Neil’s life will be held at First Immanuel Lutheran Church, W67 N622 Evergreen Blvd, in Cedarburg on Tuesday, July 31, 2012, with visitation from 4 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. and a service to follow at 7 p.m. The interment will be held for family and close friends at Trinity Ev. Lutheran Cemetery, West Bend at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 1. In lieu of flowers, memorials of your choice are appreciated. For online condolences, please visit

Neil was born on March 27, 1954, in West Bend. He grew up on his family-owned dairy farm and developed a life-long love of tractors and farm machinery. He graduated from West Bend East High School. He continued his education at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Neil went on to Louisiana State University to achieve his law degree in 1981.

He has worked with the state of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development as an administrative law judge in the area of worker’s compensation since 1989.

Neil met the love of his life, Antoinette, in 1979. They were married soon after and shared 32 wonderful years together. They were able to go on several of their dream vacations including traveling to Ireland, Italy, London, Paris and many beautiful U.S. destinations.

Neil was the proud father of four children, Nathaniel, Nicole, Angi and Alexis. Neil loved spending time with his family. He was the sports coach to his children in their younger years and enjoyed attending Brewers and Packers games with them as adults.

Neil spent his summers going camping, biking and hiking with the family. He was also passionate about family history and created multiple books on his and Antoinette’s family tree.

Neil was happiest when helping his children with their cars and home improvement projects, and spending time with friends. He was most content when busy tinkering with projects or finding a gem at an area rummage sale. He loved being outside, playing catch or yard games with his children, nieces, nephews and the family dachshund.

Neil had a passion for collecting farm toys and has built an exceptional collection of John Deere toys and memorabilia. Neil was very knowledgeable on a variety of subjects and was always ready with an interesting fact, story or advice. He loved sharing jokes and would send weekly e-mails to family members full of one-liners.

The most incredible thing about Neil was his ability to put people at ease and his willingness to help everyone he came across. Neil was ready at any time to offer help to his friends, family and strangers.

He truly believed that it was his purpose to help out those in need.

He was and is an inspiration to his children.

Throughout his life, Neil was very active in his community. He was a committed member of the local branch of the Republican Party. He was also very involved in his faith community at First Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cedarburg where he was a longtime usher, elder, small group Bible study member and Men’s Club participant. He was very devoted member of the congregation and encouraged his children in their faith.

Neil was a loving father, a consistent friend, an incredible husband and a firm believer in the promise of heaven. He will be deeply missed by his his family, friends and all who had the benefit to meet him.

Neil is survived by his best friend and wife, Antoinette Krueger; his children, Nathaniel (Jennifer), Nicole, Angi (Erik Islo), and Alexis Krueger (Jake Bennett). Neil was the proud son of Doris (Palmer Groth) and the late Verlyn Krueger and brother of Nancy (Dave) Gonia, Sandra Abbott, James, Larry, Linda (Rick) Bruss, Jeanne (Tom) Bonlender, and the late Sally Krueger. Neil was further survived by other relatives and many friends.

Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory Cedarburg assisted the family with arrangements.