August 23, 2004 by

Verlen Kruger

1 comment

Categories: Military, Sports

vkruger.jpgIn the world of canoeing, Verlen Kruger was legendary. Although he was 41 years old when he took his first canoeing trip, Kruger eventually paddled over 100,000 miles across two continents — more miles than anyone else in the history of the sport.
Born in Pulaski County, Ind., Kruger dropped out of school when he was 14 to help earn money for his family. After being drafted into the U.S. Army, Kruger convinced his superiors to let him take the pilot exams. Despite his lack of formal education, Krueger graduated at the top of his class at the Army Air Force Flight Training School and went on to become a flight instructor. He served a tour of duty flying P-51s over Japan and Korea during World War II, then returned to the states to launch a successful plumbing business in Lansing, Mich.
Kruger first chanced upon the sport of canoeing in 1963 while fishing in the backwoods of Ontario. Over the next four decades, he earned 11 Guinness World Records for long-distance canoe travel. From 1980 to 1983, Kruger and his friend Steve Landick spent three years paddling around and through North America; the 28,043-mile excursion was the longest journey ever made by canoe. He opened Kruger’s Canoes, a company that designs, builds and sells homemade canoes, in the early 1990s and ran it until his retirement last year. In 1997, he was inducted into the American Canoe Association Hall of Fame.
Kruger died in his sleep on Aug. 2 from prostate cancer. He was 82. To honor his memory, a canoeing event is scheduled to take place over the Labor Day weekend under the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan.

One Response to Verlen Kruger

  1. CONNIE S, KRUGER

    WOW VERLEN WAS A AWESOME MAN…HE HAS DONE SO MUCH IN HIS LIFE TIME BUT THE MOST GREATEST THING WAS HIS PASSION FOR THE LORD. IF YOU KNEW VERLEN HE LOVED THE LORD SO MUCH AND HIS FAMILY AND MOST OF ALL HE LOVED HIS WIFE JENNY..THERE WAS SO MUCH LOVE IN THERE EYES FOR EACH OTHER…I WANT TO THANK VERLEN AND HIS WIFE JENNY WHICH ARE MY INLAWS AS I AM MARRIED TO THEIR SON JON. I WANT TO THANK THEM MOST OF ALL YOUR RAISEING SUCH A GREAT JON, AND SHOWING AND RAISEING THERE FAMILY AS CHRISTIANS. IF YOU READ THIS VERLEN WOULD WANT TO KNOW DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING WHEN YOU DIE..KNOWING JESUS DIED ON THE CROSS FOR YOU TO FORGIVE ALL ARE SINS..JOHN 3,16 FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTEN SON TO DIE FOR YOU..IF YOU ASK JESUS TO FORGIVE YOUR SIN AND ACCEPT JESUS IN TO YOUR HEART,ITS SO EASY TO DO….YOU WILL JOIN VERLEN IN HEAVEN SOMEDAY…GOD IS A AWESOME GOD ..HE WILL WALK WITH YOU AND GUIDE YOU DAY BY DAY…VERLEN WOULD WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT.
    THANKS
    CONNIE S KRUGER

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.