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John L. Krukowski

John L. Krukowski

August 31, 2018

On Friday August 31, 2018, John Lee Krukowski, 51, was called from his Earthly home to take his place among the sky warriors. John lay down his sword after a 5 ½ yearlong battle with an evil curse called Brain Cancer. 

John was born to Frank and Betty (Tunison) Krukowski on December 7,1966. He grew up in Chetek, WI with two older and one younger sister and had an identical twin brother whom passed away when they were children. John and his siblings enjoyed a carefree childhood of getting into mischief, often pulling pranks on the neighbors for their own amusement. John suffered several concussions, cuts, and contusions from his escapades and his mom reported that it was with regularity that a neighborhood kid would run into her house blurting, “Come quick! Johnny’s hurt real bad!”

John graduated from the Chetek High School in 1985, and later graduated from CVTC with an Associate’s Degree in Police Science and from Mount Senario College with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. He was accepted into law school at the University of Tulsa, but postponed his attendance in order to marry the love of his life.

He and Trista Jane Hoff were united in marriage on May 23, 1992 in Ladysmith, WI. Their son Logan Lee Krukowski was born to them on January 31, 1993. Trista and Logan were the light in John’s life, and he in theirs. He worked hard to provide for his family, trading the chance at a law degree for working at several jobs in the Chetek, Rice Lake, and Ladysmith areas until he found his calling at Cityforest paper mill in Ladysmith.

He, Trista, and Logan called themselves “The Three Musketeers” as they did most things as a family, including dining out for Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve, as well as reading the entire Harry Potter series together. The family enjoyed traveling and it was their last family vacation to Hawaii where John fulfilled one of his greatest dreams – to jump out of an airplane and free fall above the clouds.

John cherished the time that he spent with his friends Scott Thomas and Mike Dennis, adventuring together often in the younger years and at least annually in their later years.

John is survived by his wife Trista and his son Logan (Shann) of Eau Claire, his sisters Debra Krukowski and Betsy French of Chetek, and Kris (Jodi) Krukowski of Neillsville, his parents-in-law Rick and Colleen Hoff of Ladysmith, sister-in-law Nisse (Brett) Graham of Bloomer, nieces Jessie (Brad) Uchytil, Christy (Jacob) Nelson, and Amelia Graham, nephews James (Mikale) French and Kye Graham, great-nieces Sylvana Uchytil, and Olivia Nelson, and great-nephews Manly and Emmett Nelson, as well as many other family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Jimmy and brother-in-law Monte French.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the L.E. Phillips Auditorium at the Chippewa Valley Museum in Carson Park, Eau Claire, WI on Saturday, September 15, 2018, with family receiving guests from 1-2 p.m., service at 2:00 p.m., and refreshments to follow.

John’s family would like to thank Dr. Dean Delmastro of Marshfield Clinic for the wonderful care that he provided to John over the years, the wonderful caregivers at Dove Healthcare in Osseo, and the amazing team at St. Joseph’s Hospice for their care and support.

For further details, search for John’s Celebration of Life on Facebook.

Chippewa Valley Cremation Services in Altoona is serving the family. 


1-2 p.m. Saturday, September 15, 2018, at Chippewa Valley Museum in Carson Park, Eau Claire, WI.


2 p.m. Saturday, September 15, 2018, at Chippewa Valley Museum in Carson Park, Eau Claire, WI.

Florist Information

All flowers should be delivered to the Chippewa Valley Museum at Carson Park by 12:30 p.m. September 15.


  • Joseph Baye Trista and Logan,
    I was so sad to read about John's passing in the Eau Claire paper.When I go to scouts, I think of the three of you in the corner house. Logan, I still think of you and young Ewer as two of our fun loving scouts. May God bless John and you two.
    Joe Baye

    September 11 at 6:34pm

  • Dean V Peggar Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

    September 1 at 3:30pm

  • Rick Hollander With great sympathy and prayers to John's family. I will truly miss him.

    God Bless

    September 1 at 12:03pm

  • Cindy Melander I am incredibly sorry for your significant loss and far too early/soon to leave this earth. May your memories sustain you and bring you peace

    September 1 at 10:30AM

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