Dale Austin Kruger, 34, Silver Lake, died on Saturday, September 17, 2022, following a motor vehicle accident. Dale was born on October 9, 1987 in Topeka, the son of Michael and Shelley (Deiter) Kruger. He graduated from Silver Lake High School in 2006 and Kansas State University in 2011.

Dale met the love of his life, Laura Irwin, while attending Kansas State University. They later married on June 27, 2014. They have a one-year-old daughter, Opal Betty Kruger. Dale’s greatest joy was being a father. He loved reading to her, watching her grow and learn, and teaching her all the animal sounds. He was also an amazing dog dad to Lady and Murphy.

He was passionate about being THE BEST Uncle to McKinley (16), Camden (13), Kaeson (12), Kipton (12), Kenadi (11), Kelton (8), Kolter (4) and Briggs (1). Each niece and nephew had a special connection to Dale in their own way. One of their favorite traditions with him is the Kruger Family Fantasy Football League of which he was the creator, commissioner and three-time champion.

Dale loved being outdoors, helping others, completing projects, attending football games and K-State tailgates, and cheering on the Chiefs. He enjoyed spending time with his brothers, cousins, and close friends. Dale was known for keeping others on their toes with his witty sense of humor.

Dale was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Donald and Betty (Nixon) Kruger.

Dale is survived by his wife and daughter of the house, his parents, brothers Shannon (Kari) Kruger, Kyle (Aubrey) Kruger, six nephews and two nieces. They all reside in Silver Lake, KS. He is also survived by his maternal grandparents, Howard and Louise (Cowan) Deiter of Maple Hill, KS.

A celebration of life will be held Sunday, September 25 at 2:30 p.m. at the Townsite Avenue Ballroom, 534 South Kansas Avenue, Topeka, KS. Private family interment will be in Prairie Home Cemetery.

A scholarship for Silver Lake students is being established in Dale’s honor. Additionally, a fund is being established to help support Opal’s future.

Memorial contributions can be sent to PO Box 346, Silver Lake, KS 66539.

To leave a special message for the family online, visit www.ParkerPriceFH.com

Posted on September 21, 2022

Posted in Topeka Capital Journal