August Russell Kruenegel

May 1933 - March 2020

August Russell Kruenegel, 86, of Manteca, CA passed away on March 18, 2020 at Kaiser Hospital in Manteca, CA. Born in Vandalia, IL on May 12, 1933. He graduated from Hayward High School. He served in the US Coast Guard aboard the Taney in the late 1950’s.

Married to Willa June (Royston) Kruenegel on July 7, 1960; they were married for 59 years.

Russ worked as a Printing Pressroom Research and Development Supervisor for Crown Zellerbach.  He was with this company for over 40 years and earned a very distinguished reputation in the field.  Russ and his colleagues were instrumental in the development of the Flexographic printing technique.

Russ loved spending time at the family cabin in Clearlake with everyone. He truly treasured the moments he was able to share fishing with his son and grandsons. He was a man who had many hobbies and with gifted hands that could fix anything.

Russ is survived by his beloved wife June; two children Charlie Kruenegel (Shirley) of Manteca, CA and Melissa Kruenegel of Fremont, CA; four grandchildren Chase Toy of Rougemont, NC, Tyler Kruenegel (Emily) of Elk Grove, CA, Kyle Kruenegel (Chelsey) of Ripon, CA, and Brianne Capps (Tony) of Rougemont, NC; and four great grandchildren. In addition, he had one sister Viola May Hill, and two brothers Robert Kruenegel and Roy Kruenegel.

He was preceded in death by his mother Delsie Kruenegel, uncle Lehman Meseke, and brother Roy Kruenegel.

He was a man very much admired, respected, and loved by everyone.


Remembrances

  1. Never forget my Uncle Russ teaching me to water ski at Clearlake. Didn’t know it until years later, but Russ and I had something in common, we both served in the U.S. Coast Guard. Godspeed brother. Semper Paratus.

  2. SO MANY fond and fun memories of Russ! Thanksgivings, Christmas Celebrations (where,my Dad,Lehman, was Santa Claus. Shhhhh,some may still not know that.) We had many outtings together. Family reunions,we camped, spent time at lakes, Clear Lake, in summer, at the cabin and dock,piled into the bed of the the truck and Russ took us for ice cream cones. He taught us to water-ski, pulling us behind the boat he built, so many years. We went as family together to Lake Tahoe, enjoying the snow! My Dad,Lehman, was Russ’ Uncle. They were like brothers. My Dad and Mom, Esther, both had much love and respect for Russ, as the rest of us. Russ was a gentle man, loved his wife June, and his family so much, had a great sense of humor, (much like my Dad) such fun to be around. I smile, I thank GOD,’for the time together’ for my family;in Loving Memory of Russ. Thanks for the memories!!! They will not be forgotten!

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