Donald D. Kroening

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Donald D. Kroening, 84, of Gillett, passed away on Saturday, June 2, 2018. Donald was born on Nov. 17, 1933, to the late Hilbert and Ellsie Kraning. Donald married Barbara Krause on June 3, 1960. He served his country honorably in the United States Army. Donald worked on his parents’ farm for a few years before working at Seneca Foods in Gillett and the Gillett Feed Mill for many years. He was a member of Whitetails Unlimited, the Northern Gardener’s Club and Faith United Lutheran Church in Gillett. Donald greatly enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening, and was also an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs.

Donald is survived by his wife, Barb; son, Scott (Stephanie) Kroening; daughter, Debbie (Chris) Powley; two grandchildren, Taeler (Zach) Klitzka, Morgan (Max) Loberger and their children Evangeline Lu and Easton; a sister, Ardella; two half-sisters; sister-in-law, Ann Kroening; five very special friends, Donnie (Becky) Pockat, Glenn Rosenlund and Brett (Debra) Zahn. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hilbert and Ellsie Kraning; his brother, Robert Kroening.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, June 9, 2018, at Faith United Lutheran Church in Gillett from 9 a.m. until the funeral service at 11 a.m. with Pastor John Laatsch officiating. Gruetzmacher Funeral Home in Suring is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be expressed at

The family would like to thank Dr. Genadi Maltinski for the many years of care offered to Donald, and also thank you to Atrium Post Acute Care of Oconto Falls and Heartland Hospice for the compassion offered to Donald and his family.