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Hondo Funeral Home, Inc.
Friday January 24th, 2020

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Dan Krueger

Dan Krueger, a resident of Hondo, TX, died peacefully after a short illness on January 17, 2020 at the age of 73.


Dan is survived by his wife, Debbie Krueger (née Wallace); his daughters, Kristen Douglas and Mandy Krueger, his son-in-law Kyle Douglas, his grandsons Peyton Douglas and Logan Douglas, his sister Linda Watson and brother-in-law Jeff Watson, nephew Zack Watson and nieces Lacy Schlimmer and Kym James. He is also survived by loving in-laws, nephews through marriage, and a host of long-time friends. He is predeceased by his parents Edo (Babe) Krueger and Josephine Krueger Ground (née Schumacker).


Dan was born at Spohn Hospital in Corpus Christi, TX on July 2, 1946 to Babe and Jo. He was the first child to be born to a French war bride in Corpus Christi. Dan joined the U.S. Marine Corps Forces when he graduated high school and served as an Enlisted Marine in Reserve for 6 years. He earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Marine Science and Technology from Del Mar College in 1971, which was the first ever graduating class at the college. Dan went on to work at the Southwest Research Institute in Corpus Christi and San Antonio, TX for 49 years. On April 12, 1975 he married the love of his life Debbie Wallace, a teacher in Aransas Pass. On August 27, 1977 and December 27, 1979, respectively, he welcomed his two beautiful daughters, whom he loved very much.


Dan was a devoted husband, father, brother and friend. He enjoyed family camping trips, sitting on the porch at the cabin in Terlingua, and relaxing at Mustang Island on the sandy beach. He also enjoyed building, making structures and working for the Institute. It was a joy for him every day of his life.


A memorial service is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on January 24, 2020 at the Hondo Funeral Home on Avenue E. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Hondo Animal Care Services.

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God blessed yall with Danny. Now, you have to keep walking. Hed want that

Caron Corum and Anthony Rincones Feb 8 2020 12:00 AM

Dan was a great guy. We were friends and co-workers at SwRI since 1983. I do not think I ever heard him complain, nor do I ever remember anyone ever complaining about him. I think all the things that were said about him at the memorial service were true. For sure, he often spoke highly of his wife Debbie and two daughters.

Dan worked with me on many projects related to national security, most involving travel to interesting outdoor places such to Southern France for NATO missile testing, White Sands Missile Range (NM), Arnold Engineering Development Center (TN), Kelly AFB (SAT), and of course "Kruegerville" and "Beeville" both on the SwRI campus.

When my wife, Linda Kay, started working at SwRI, Dan made her feel right at home on day one - including a welcoming hug and kiss! (...somewhat shocking to those watching.)

Dan helped me make the transition from a guy who had spent most of his life tucked away in a dark optics lab, to a member of a team of people doing field testing under unusual circumstances. He always helped with the planning, logistics, execution, and post-test celebrations. Most of that early work involved a very small team: usually Dan, Bob Keys, and me. We could always count on his pulling through on whatever needed to be done.

I cannot sign off without mentioning that Dan and I spent about two weeks together working midnight shifts at a trans-sonic wind-tunnel facility in Tennessee. We got one day off, and I let Dan decide what we were going to do. We spent a most enjoyable day touring the Jack Daniel's Distillery in Lynchburg TN, ...what a memory - to do that with Dan! (He was the one who introduced me to the "after-work toddy.")

My sympathy to all of Dan's family and friends...

Dan will be missed!

Ralph Hill, Ph.D. Jan 26 2020 12:00 AM

To my friend I will miss our conversation and most of all I will miss you. I love you and you will always be in my heart.

Rusty Jan 25 2020 12:00 AM

To my friend I will miss our talks and most of all I will miss you. I love you and you will always be in my heart.

Rusty Jan 25 2020 12:00 AM

Remembering all of the good times we couples had together...two-stepping at the Texas Star Inn, pot-luck parties at one home or the other, pool parties at you and Debbies house...the hunting/camping trips you guys took up to the farm. Remembering the January 1985 show storm, when ya'll came creeping back from Utopia, and brought Don home, then all stayed for the "snow day" weekend and we had such a great time. Love you like a brother, Dan, and the world is a darker place for losing you. Blessings to you and yours, and Happy Trails.

Karen Donoho Jan 24 2020 12:00 AM

I met Danny through my brother . He brought him to our house and I liked him from that day on he was very nice and funny ! Then he married my sister in-laws sister I thought what a perfect match ... I haven't seen Danny in a long time but I have no dought he was still the same SWEET GUY !

Maureen Moehr Jan 24 2020 12:00 AM

Dearest Kristen, Mandy and Mama K., words somehow seem so inadequate as you navigate this terrible loss. All we can offer is our heartfelt sympathies, love and support. May the loving memories of Mr. K bring you comfort and strength in the days and years ahead. Love - Katherine, Joyce and Roy.

Joyce Bevington and Roy Collaco Jan 24 2020 12:00 AM

For near 40 years, Dan and I were like brothers that we each did not have. So many great times: Poker games; coast/Big Shell trips; Terlingua Ranch/Cabin trips hunting quail, cooking, drinking and more poker; hunting trip to Wyoming/Colorado; hanging out barbequing; happy hours till 2AM at the Gambler, long afternoons watching football games on the tube, Holiday parties and so many other great memories. A great person and great friend that I will miss a great deal but all the great memories remain. To Debbie, Krissy, Mandy and family, I offer my deepest condolences. God give you peace and comfort.

Armando De Los Santos Jan 24 2020 12:00 AM

Danny was very much a second father to me. He was a wonderful father to Krissy and Mandy and so in love with Debbie. I will miss the way he mumbled when he talked and how he would grab me by the belt loop and swing me around the dance floor when I went country dancing with the fam. Their marriage was a true example of how you should love your partner and I am forever grateful for that example. There are no words for how devastated I am for Mandy Krissy and Debbie. I will miss him so much.

Staci Loalbo Jan 23 2020 12:00 AM

To Dan's Family: Dan was a mentor of mine here at SwRI and someone who watched over me in the my early years when I started asa student, her was the Mayor of Beeville and also referred to as 'Dan, The Man'. He was kindhearted and one of the hardest workers I know. He always was willing to lend a helping hand. I remember many times working with him when we were setting up projects for DARPA down in the Beeville area of SwRI. I will greatly miss seeing his smilingface around SwRI but I trust in the fact that God has another wonderful angel by his side. May this comfort your family in knowing he is seated with our Lord and watching over and protecting all of you. God Bless. Love, Spring

Spring Cabiness Jan 22 2020 12:00 AM

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