Hope House is greatly saddened by Kevin Krueger’s murder of his estranged wife, Tracy Hill Krueger, in Portage on February 15. It is with heavy hearts that we once again turn on our lamppost in front of our shelter as a part of our Lantern Project. With this project, we turn on the lamppost every time we hear of a death related to domestic violence in Wisconsin. If you or someone you know is or has experienced abuse, please know that you are not alone and help is available. Our 24-hour helpline is 1-800-584-6790.
Lantern Project: Since October 2013, Hope House has joined with other domestic violence programs around the state by implementing the Lantern Project. For our part in this statewide project, we added to the lamppost in front of Hope House a purple wreath. We will turn on the light for a week every time there is a death related to domestic violence in Wisconsin. We will post information online about the person(s) that was killed. If you drive by our building and see our lamppost on, please reflect on the deadly impact that domestic violence has on our communities. We know the list of stories we post here is incomplete. We strive to learn about and share these stories but know that there are some that we and the media miss. If you see a news story of a death in WI related to domestic violence and don't see it posted here, please feel free to let us know about it here. Thank you.
Obituary: "Tracy L. Hill Krueger passed away Monday, February 15, 2016.
She was born on December 18, 1974 to Randolph and Roxanne Hill. Her hobbies included spending time with her girls, hiking in the mountains, fishing, swimming, riding Harleys and hanging out with friends and family to watch Packer games.
Tracy fell in love with waitressing at a very young age because of her love for people and her want to put a smile on everyone’s face. She was very good at her job and did it with her whole heart. She waitressed at Cimarollis supper club for several years, at the Golden Cup 2. Tracy then moved to Tennessee and worked at Aunt Bea's for a few years. When she moved backed to Portage, she returned to work at the Golden Cup 2.
She is survived by her 2 children Katelyn Krueger and Koryn Krueger, her parents Randolph and Roxanne Hill, Great Grandmother Mrs. Howard Gordon, sister Nicole (Terry)Miller, and her soulmate Hurley Leon, also survived by many nieces, nephews and dear friends.
She is proceeded in death by her son Nathan Karl Krueger, Joseph and Carol Schmitz, Trista Windorf- Schmitz, Sara Schmitz and many others.
Funeral services will be held Sunday Feb 28th at 4 PM at Grasse Funeral Home in Pardeeville. Interment will follow at Randolph Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 1 PM until the tie of services."
News Story: "Police have now identified the suspect and the victim in Monday's homicide. Portage Police Chief Ken Manthey says the suspect is 51-year-old Kevin Krueger. He is now in the Columbia County Jail on the tentative charges of first degree intentional homicide and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Manthey says the victim is 41-year-old Tracy Krueger. Manthey says the Kruegers were going through the process of a divorce. A court hearing had been scheduled for Thursday.
Manthey says Tracy Krueger was a guest at the Ridge Motor Inn, where the fatal shooting took place. He says there was a friend with her, but offered no comment on whether that person had been in danger.
Authorities say Kevin Krueger was arrested during a traffic stop on Highway-16 four miles from the shooting scene. Manthey says a gun was recovered.
Tracy Krueger's neighbor in Freisland, Alane Coleman, tells 27 News she would see Krueger with her teenage daughters. "She seemed like a very caring person, and cared about her kids," Coleman says. 'Very sad, very sad.'"...Read more