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Archie Kruger

June 22, 1930 - April 22, 2017

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Archie passed away on April 22, 2017 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Born in June 1930 in Gordon Township on the Manitoulin Island, he was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Jean (nee Jewell); his youngest son Robert Paul; his brother Armand and sister’s Edith and Misa.  He will be lovingly remembered by his daughter Catherine (Tim), his sons Jorgen (Brenda) and Michael (Florence), his daughter-in-law Debbie, his brothers August (Gus) and Arthur (Joe), his sisters, Ev and Molly, seven grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and his beloved Flo.

Archie joined the Canadian Army in 1950 and was a veteran of the Korean War, having fought with the Royal Canadian Regiment in South Korea from 1951 to 1952. It was an experience he always remembered because of the close friends he made and most notably lost in combat. Upon returning to Canada in 1952, he transferred to the Canadian Provost Corps, with whom he served until retirement from the Canadian Forces as a Sergeant in 1967.  During his career in the Provost Corps, he served for a year in the Belgian Congo in 1960 and in Egypt in 1966 as part of United Nations operations.

Archie settled in Oliver in 1994 and led an active life in the community, particularly enjoying volunteering with Royal Canadian Legion Branch 97 and the Elks Lodge. For Archie there was good, better, best and ‘more better’, a term he applied to his many friends, extended family and activities.

His final days were spent in the Palliative Care Unit in the Acute Care Ward of the South Okanagan General Hospital. The family would like to extend a very special thank you to the extraordinary staff at the hospital for their care and kindness, it meant a lot to Archie.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the South Okanagan Hospital or the Canadian Cancer Society.

Archie will be cremated and there will be a celebration of his life service on Sunday, 30 April, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. in the Oliver Air Cadet Hall, 5856 Cessna Street, Oliver.

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From: Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium

Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Mel Pittman
Relation: A Provost colleague

On behalf of all members of the Canadian Provost Corps Association I send our sincere sympathies to the loved ones of our former Provost colleague, Sgt Archie Kruger. May he rest in peace!

From: Dave and Linda Grant
Relation: Family friends and employees

Not all of the information you find on the internet is Good news, but can be bittersweet. After years of wondering about Archie, Jean, Cathy and the boys, this has settled some emotions for us.

I first met Archie in the fall of 1971 when at Catherine’s insistence I applied for a job working for Arch at the Macs store he was managing. There I had the pleasure of working with the entire Kruger Family. In the spring of 1973
Archie and Jean moved to managing the new Shell Self Serve stores on Heritage Drive in Calgary. I was asked to go with them as an Asst. Manager, and I have been thankful since, that I said yes, for it was there that Archie hired, and introduced to me, my wife of 41 years, Linda.
Archie was in my life for only 5 years, but had a profound influence on my work ethic, respect for authority, and the need for responsibility. It is with profound regret that there is a need for it, but we send out our heartfelt condolences to the Kruger family, and only wish we could have been in touch under better circumstances.

Service Schedule

  Memorial Service

Date & Time:
April 30, 2017
Beginning at 2:00pm

Location:
Oliver Air Cadet Hangar
5856 Cessna Street
Oliver, BC Canada

5856 Cessna Street
Oliver, BC Canada

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In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the South Okanagan Hospital or the Canadian Cancer Society.

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