Frank Krus Jr.

February 5, 1935March 29, 2018

SMSgt. Frank Krus Jr. USAF (Ret.), 83, passed away on March 29, 2018. Frank married Kathy Kilian in 1968 and was a dear father to Jennifer (Jason) Rosegay and Neil (Brenda). He was a loving and proud grandfather of Madalyn. He was the father of Karen (and grandfather/great-grandfather) and Barbara from a previous marriage. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank Sr. and Anna (Tracz) and his sister Evelyn Peterson. Frank spent his career in communications, both as a civilian and in the military. He worked for Illinois Bell Telephone Co. for 12 years and Centel/Sprint for 29 years. He enlisted in the Army after graduating from Tuley High School in Chicago. He served in the Army for 14 years and earned the rank of Master Sergeant as part of the 12th Special Forces Group (Airborne). He then served with the Illinois Air National Guard (ILANG), 217th Engineering Installation Squadron at O’Hare where he earned the rank of Senior Master Sergeant prior to his retirement in 1995. During his military career, he traveled throughout the U.S. and around the world, participating in parachute drops and receiving parachutist badges from Canada, the Republic of China (Taiwan) and Israel. Frank also traveled several times with WWII veterans of the First Special Service Force (the “Devil’s Brigade”) to Montana, Washington D.C., Canada and Italy, and with the United States Forces Austria Veterans Association to Austria. After retiring, Frank volunteered at the local Satellite Retiree Assistance Office in Arlington Heights and served as its director for over 15 years. Frank was a member of Special Forces Association – Chapter 37, First Special Service Force Association, ILANG Silver Circle, The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA), American Legion Post 36. Visitation Sunday April 8 from 3- 8 pm at Oehler Funeral Home, 2099 Miner St (corner of Northwest Hwy/ Rt14 and Rand Rd), Des Plaines. For info please call 847-824-5155 or visit Please omit flowers.


  • Visitation Sunday, April 8, 2018

Frank Krus Jr.

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Don Starzyk

April 2, 2018

I volunteered with Frank at the military retiree office in Arlington Heights, IL for several years.
I enjoyed hearing Franks stories and remember he shot a mean game of pool!
He will be missed.
My thoughts and prayers to his family.

Gary Hagen

April 1, 2018

I didn't know Frank very well. I remember him being a pleasant individual to work with at Centel. Rest in Peace Frank.