Krueger pushed for Maris statue: Classmate, crusader dies at 76A man who worked to get a statue of his childhood friend and baseball legend Roger Maris placed in Fargo has died.
By: Heidi Shaffer, INFORUM
A man who worked to get a statue of his childhood friend and baseball legend Roger Maris placed in Fargo has died.
Frederick Krueger, 76, formerly of Fargo, died Wednesday in McIntosh (Minn.) Senior Living.
Krueger was born in Minot, N.D., and moved to Fargo as a child, said George Korsmo of Moorhead’s Korsmo Funeral home.
One of the first people Krueger met in Fargo when he was a student at Roosevelt Elementary was fellow student Roger Maris, according to Forum archives.
In 2001, Krueger formed a committee to raise $100,000 to get a bronze statue of Maris placed on the grounds of the Roger Maris Cancer Center.
The effort eventually failed, but not without a great deal of effort on Krueger’s behalf.
Sharon Fletcher, a retired Fargo City Commission assistant, remembers Krueger from his numerous stops at city offices during the statue campaign.
“He was a very nice man,” Fletcher said. “That (the Maris statue) was kind of a passion of his.”
Krueger spent most of his adult life living and working in Chicago, first as a financial reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times and later in public relations, according to archives.
He eventually joined the community relations department at Encyclopedia Britannica in Chicago.
After retiring, Krueger returned to Fargo. In 2001, he lost a bid for the Fargo School Board.
As a teenager, Krueger’s hobby of installing tropical fish aquariums again had him rubbing shoulders with another famous North Dakotan, archives show.
One of Krueger’s first tropical fish customers was Harold Schafer and his young son Eddie.
Ed Schafer went on to become governor of North Dakota.
Krueger has no immediate survivors, and a memorial service will be held in May, Korsmo said.
See Obituaries, Page A10.
Readers can reach Forum reporter Heidi Shaffer at (701) 241-5511