Written by Gregg Brekke
The Rev. Stephen Gray, UCC Indiana-Kentucky Conference Minister, notified UCC staff Nov. 11, 2009, that one of the victims of the Fort Hood (Texas) killings, Staff Sergeant Amy S. Krueger, was an active member of St. Peter's UCC in Kiel, Wis.
Krueger was preparing for her second deployment to Afghanistan when Major Nidal Malik Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, opened fire at the military installation. Twelve military personnel and one civilian were killed, and at least 29 injured, before Hasan was subdued by police gunfire.
Additionally, the Rev. John F. Gundlach, UCC Minister for Government Chaplaincies, reports that two UCC Chaplains are stationed at Fort Hood.
Chaplain Jon Bailey is currently deployed to Iraq. His wife was on-base Nov. 5 when the shootings occurred and was delayed in reaching their son off-base due to a security lockdown of the Fort.
Chaplain Anthony Taylor was on-base during the killing spree and has since assisted with a candlelight vigil and is helping with the counseling center that has been set up to work with persons emotionally affected by the event.
The following is Krueger's obituary and a message from Gray:
Staff Sergeant Amy S. Krueger died on November 5, 2009, at Ft. Hood, Texas, at the age of 29 doing what she loved, proudly serving her country. SSG Krueger gave us her all. She made the ultimate sacrifice.
Amy was a great niece of Rev. John and Ms. Pat Krueger. John is a retired UCC clergy living in Greenfield, Ind., who served as the pastor at Grace UCC in Culver, Ind., the new church start pastor of Peace UCC in Fort Wayne, Ind., the Conference Minister of the Kansas-Oklahoma Conference, and in retirement, as interim pastor of First United Church in Bloomington, Ind., and St. John’s (Southport) UCC in Indianapolis.
Amy was an active member of St. Peter’s UCC in Kiel, Wis.
Amy was a 1998 graduate of Kiel High School. After High School, she attended the University of Wisconsin Sheboygan. Immediately after the events of September 11, 2001, she put her schooling on hold to enlist in the U.S. Army in support on the war on terrorism. After basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., she was stationed in San Antonio, Texas, where she graduated as a Mental Health Specialist. In 2003, she was deployed to Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, in support of "Operation Enduring Freedom." She returned home in the summer of 2003 and then continued her schooling at UW-Sheboygan, receiving an Associates Degree in Arts & Science. During that same period of time, she also graduated from LTC's EMT program and with honors from the CNA program at LTC. In 2008, while pursuing her Bachelors Degree in Psychology at UW-Whitewater, Amy volunteered for another mission to Afghanistan. On October 11, 2009, she left for that tour of duty and was currently at Ft. Hood, Texas, preparing for deployment in mid-December.
Amy is survived by her parents, Jeri Krueger and David Diem, both of Kiel; her adoptive father, Mark (Denise) Krueger of Springfield, Mo.; her sister, Jessica; her brother, Casey, both of Kiel; a step brother, Ryan Turba; step sisters, Heather Turba, Michelle May, Adrianne and Stacy Jackson. She is further survived by her grandparents, Jack (Sharon) Rief, Ray and Carolyn Diem, all of Kiel; her aunts and uncles; her special niece, Alicia; several cousins; and by many close family and friends, her extended military family, and all those she touched throughout the years.
Funeral Services for Amy will be held at 1:00 P.M., Saturday, November 14, 2009, at Kiel High School with Rev. David Mercer officiating. Burial will take place in Schleswig Cemetery, Town of Schleswig (Rockville). Family and friends may call at Kiel High School on Friday, November 13th from 2:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. and on Saturday at the High School from 10:00 A.M. until the time of service.
A Memorial has been established in SSG Amy Krueger’s name at Citizens Bank, 514 Fremont St., Kiel, WI, 53042.
Our sincere condolences go out to the Krueger family. Please keep them in your prayers.
Rev. Stephen Gray
United Church of Christ
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