It is our sad duty to report the passing on Friday, November 25 of Walter "Butch" Krieger of Greenville, Indiana. Mr Krieger was an announcer for countless national events and the father of announcers Miles and Jeremy Krieger.
In the coming days, we will post more about Mr. Krieger, one of whose last received accolades was his 2022 induction into the National Tractor Pulling Championships' Hall of Fame alongside his late partner Harold Walliser and Ed Johnson. We will also relate funeral and visitation hours when known.
For the moment, at this time of sudden and painful loss for the pulling community, we invite you to seek solace in the remembrance offered on Miles' social media account Friday morning. We have reprinted it in its entirety below.
Our hearts are with Miles, Jeremy, their sister Jennifer, Mr. Krieger's companion Ruth, and the entire Krieger family. Though Butch's earthly voice has been silenced, the echoes of his energy, his showmanship, his humor, and his authenticity will reverberate across truck and tractor pulling for generations.
To some he was an idol, a destination for a crowning achievement, a voice, a salesman, a minister, and a coach.
To others he was colleague, a partner in a dynamic duo, the trusted man with a microphone, a racing buddy, a hot rodder, a cheerleader, and a friend.
Those in his inner circle called him Uncle, Cousin, Brother, Peter Pan, Wally, Bruce, and companion.
To Jennifer, Jeremy, and I he was Dad and to his eight grandchildren he carried his most important title of “Popo”.
Last night November 25th in his home in Greenville, Indiana, Walter “Butch” Krieger took his final breath in the home he built with our mother Donna more than four decades ago.
Much like our mothers passing, Dad went quickly and without suffering. While the sudden loss has us completely numb, we also realize that Dad is now living in a far better world now and he has been reacquainted with those he loved and admired in Heaven.
We have often joked that we couldn’t go anywhere with dad where he didn’t know someone; and at times it was often annoying but he loved it and ultimately should have run for office at some point in his life.
It is our hope that in the coming days, weeks, or months, when the spirit moves you to share a story, your favorite experience, or highlight with our father, that you will share it in this forum with us as a means of healing and therapy.
As the Holiday season arrives, we will covet your prayers as Christmas was Dad’s absolute favorite time of year and his inner Chris Kringle would often gleam for all to see.
Details of his visitation and funeral service will be posted in the coming days. In the mean time, we want to also request that you pray for dads companion Ruth and her family as this loss isn’t just limited to us.
If you are reading this, know that Dad loved you. Please hold on to those that you love and pronounce your love for them without fear or concern, pick up the phone and answer the call or better yet call them, and lastly don’t wait to have a health screening done as it simply isn’t worth the loss, people love you!