Ger was born in the town of Eindhoven in the Netherlands. He grew up during WWII and later served in the military as an airplane mechanic. He met his beautiful wife Johanna “Annie”, also from the Netherlands, and they married in 1962. The couple later moved to the US to pursue the American dream and they were thrilled to become US citizens in 1972. Ger eventually started his own machine shop and was a proud business owner for years to come. He loved old cars and airplanes and even earned his pilot’s license.
Ger and Annie had 2 children. They lived on a quiet little street in Eugene and later built a home outside of Eugene on some acreage where they enjoyed working in their yard and hosting gettogethers. They eventually down-sized and moved to Keizer where they remained until their deaths. Ger lost his beloved wife, Annie, in 2012. He continued to stay active as a consultant and enjoyed working in his yard, playing piano, listening to music, cooking and having friends over.
After surviving lymphoma last year, Ger succumbed to the disease after it returned while he was visiting family in the Netherlands. He was able to make it back home to be with his kids before he passed. Ger is survived by his two children, Michael (Barbara Boster) Kreutzelman, Joanie (Jim) Abreu and his 5 grandchildren Gabbi, Max and Tate Kreutzelman and Luke and Asher Abreu.
Ger was a faith-filled man who loved life and thanked God every day for his many blessings. He never complained and always focused on the positive. He adored his family, especially his grandchildren, and was so grateful for the beautiful relationships he had with all of them. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends but his light will always shine on.
Ger will be laid to rest at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Lake Oswego next to his beloved wife. There will be a Celebration of Life honoring Ger, date still to be determined.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Ger’s favorite organizations, Willamette Valley Hospice (who cared for Annie in her final days) and Wounded Warrior Project.
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