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March 30, 2010 3:25 am

Steven Keith Kruger

Written by Tribune Staff

(May 15, 1951 - March 27, 2010)

Steven Keith Kruger died March 27, 2010, at his home in Meeteetse, with his family by his side.

Steve was born May 15, 1951, in Thermopolis, to Bud and Bea Kruger. He spent many happy young years living in Grass Creek in the oil camp with his parents and his older brother, Randy. He attended elementary school there.

While in Grass Creek, his family built a cabin on the upper Wood River. Later, the family cut and moved the logs from the forest to build their home on the Greybull River, where they moved when Steve was 12.

Steve spent his teen years in Meeteetse, graduating from Meeteetse High School in 1970. One of his favorite past-times while in school was building hand-guns in his future father-in-law's ag. shop. While in high school, Steve was reprimanded more than once for landing his Piper Cub airplane on the football field.

After graduation, he took on life with enthusiasm. He had many adventures — breaking horses throughout the West, installing sprinkler systems in Libya for Moammar Gadhafi and traveling the world being young and adventurous.

He moved back to the United States in 1980, and in 1982, he married hometown girl Nancy Cottrell.

Steve still wasn't finished with his adventures, so he started his own seismograph company, which he named PDR. Steve and Nancy, and their infant son, Sam, traveled around the Rocky Mountain area with the crew, all the while living in a small camper trailer. He holds several patents for drilling equipment still used in seismic exploration.

Steve and Nancy respected the values of a small town and family and chose to move back home to raise their children. Life had come full circle for them, and Steve was back, once again, in the oil fields around Meeteetse.

Steve was a wonderful husband and father, and his proudest accomplishment in life was his three children: Sam, Lee and Stephanie.

They all spent hours working together in Steve's shop, inventing and learning. Steve taught them everything from math to technical machining, from skiing to building their home. He always had time for his kids.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy, of Meeteetse; sons Sam (Laura) of Laramie and Lee of Cheyenne; daughter Stephanie Allred (Eric) of Rapid City; brother Randy (Sharen); and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be Friday, April 2, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Meeteetse. Interment will follow in Meeteetse Cemetery.