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Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Wehrenberg Theatre Owner died, remember Ronnie's?
Just a little snippet of Kirkwood area nostalgia. I just discovered an October, 2015 article from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Ronald P. Krueger died 10/21/15 at age 75 of congestive heart failure. He was the third-generation president and CEO of Wehrenberg Theatres. He was a generous man, dedicated supporter of the Salvation Army and active in other area charitable efforts. He was a Westminster College grad, a 33rd degree Scottish Rite Mason and a Past Potentate of Moolah Shrine Temple. He was born in St. Louis, his mother's maiden name was Wehrenberg, and Ronnie's Drive-In was named for him when it opened in 1948; he worked there from boyhood, leading pony rides or taking his place as a car-hop. The Drive-In was torn down in the 1980s and a six-plex and shopping center were built on the property. It's called Ronnie's Plaza so the memory of that hallmark of our era is still alive. He was married to his wife Midge Deppe Krueger for 38 years and they had two daughters and a son. I tried to access the article about him in the Post, but true to their normal lousy form, it's not available. Should anyone be interested, I have the full article.
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