1922 – 2019
Edward Samuel Krieger was born at home eight miles north of Dunn Center on October 6, 1922, the fifth son and last child of 10 to Ottilia (Sommer) and Frederick Krieger, immigrants from the Ukraine.
He attended Connolly School #2, District #3 until eighth grade.
He joined the Navy when he was 19 in 1942 after the recruiter fetched him out of the field where he was harvesting.
He spent his 20th birthday in boot camp in Chicago before being deployed to the South Pacific Theater where he called an aircraft carrier home and he worked as an aviation mechanic. Besides New Hebrides he was stationed at Fort Lauderdale and Seattle. When he was discharged, he went back to North Dakota and worked as a ranch hand with his brother-in-law in the Badlands.
Later he met his future wife, Lucille Schollmeyer, at a dance and would ride his horse through snowdrifts to court her at her farm about 15 miles away.
They both had World War II service in common as Lucille had been a welder on the ships being build in Portland, OR.
They married at Killdeer on June 9, 1949 and lived near Dunn Center until Bangs disease nearly wiped out their herd of cattle.
Searching for new land, Ed purchased the Hedger Ranch 15 miles south of White Earth in 1950 and moved his new family there.
After suffering severe burns after a propane explosion and surviving a flood when the ice went out on the White Earth River, he moved their house a mile north in 1952 where he lived for the next 66 years, finally retiring at age 81 from farming and ranching.
Ed filled a temporary position on the Sweetwater District school board and ended up serving on that board for 26 years. Chilcot Country School where all of his children attended was the last country school to close in Mountrail County.
He was a supervisor for the Mountrail County Soil Conservation District from 1966 to 1968 and also won their award in 1963.
As his farmer ancestors before him, Ed had an attachment and love of the land and even after retirement, he said he should’ve kept working.
One of his favorite things to do when he had company would be to take them on a pickup ride to look at crops and the White Earth Valley scenery. He and Lucille were parents to ten children, five daughters and five sons.
They were always proud of their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and their accomplishments. He attended St. Francis Catholic Mission Church, rural Ross and more recently Our Lady Queen of Peach Church, Stanley.
Ed loved a good practical joke and, even more, several rounds of pinochle. He enjoyed playing guitar all of his adult life and had fond memories of playing at the Old Time Fiddlers’ Contest at the Peace Garden with some of his favorite friends.
Going on the Roughrider Honor Flight with the World War II veterans to Washington, D.C. in 2009 was one of the most touching experiences he ever had.
He died on Saturday, Jan. 12th, 2019 at Marion Manor, Glen Ullin, where he had happily lived for the past two years. Funeral arrangements are pending.
He is survived by his children: Gary, White Earth, Sharon (Anthony Puchany), Tioga, Karen (Bob Landman), Northwood, Ron (Donna), Cartwright, Greg (Allison), Galesburg, Dan (Dawn), Bismarck and Debbie (Mike Wonser), Cleveland, TN. Also surviving him are 22 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents, Frederick and Ottilia and all his siblings, Frederick, Adolph, Helena Oster, Henry, Robert, Mary, Ella Dehlinger, Bertha Mead, Martha Sword, his wives, Lucille in 2002 and Lorraine in 2016, daughters Kathy Sorenson and Sheila Bullock in 1999, son Larry in 2007, grandson Robert Landman and granddaughter Elizabeth Krieger.