August Russell Kruenegel
May 1933 – March 2020
August Russell Kruenegel, 86, of Manteca, CA passed away on March 18, 2020 at Kaiser Hospital in Manteca, CA. Born in Vandalia, IL on May 12, 1933. He graduated from Hayward High School. He served in the US Coast Guard aboard the Taney in the late 1950’s.
Married to Willa June (Royston) Kruenegel on July 7, 1960; they were married for 59 years.
Russ worked as a Printing Pressroom Research and Development Supervisor for Crown Zellerbach. He was with this company for over 40 years and earned a very distinguished reputation in the field. Russ and his colleagues were instrumental in the development of the Flexographic printing technique.
Russ loved spending time at the family cabin in Clearlake with everyone. He truly treasured the moments he was able to share fishing with his son and grandsons. He was a man who had many hobbies and with gifted hands that could fix anything.
Russ is survived by his beloved wife June; two children Charlie Kruenegel (Shirley) of Manteca, CA and Melissa Kruenegel of Fremont, CA; four grandchildren Chase Toy of Rougemont, NC, Tyler Kruenegel (Emily) of Elk Grove, CA, Kyle Kruenegel (Chelsey) of Ripon, CA, and Brianne Capps (Tony) of Rougemont, NC; and four great grandchildren. In addition, he had one sister Viola May Hill, and two brothers Robert Kruenegel and Roy Kruenegel.
He was preceded in death by his mother Delsie Kruenegel, uncle Lehman Meseke, and brother Roy Kruenegel.
He was a man very much admired, respected, and loved by everyone.