Mr. Richard Clarence Kruger

November 11, 1927April 2, 2020

Born November 11, 1927, in Portage, Wisconsin; died peacefully April 2, 2020, in Toronto, Ontario in his 93rd year. Richard spent two years in a general arts program at Emmanuel Missionary College (now Andrews University), then acquired a variety of practical skills in farming, construction, house painting, and radio and television repair before being drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean War. As a non-combatant medic, his natural leadership abilities soon led to the rank of sergeant in charge of surgery. These skills were later put to good use when he became an x-ray technician in 1955. This led him and his growing family from Illinois to the recently opened North York Branson Hospital in 1958. Again, his integrity, logical, intelligent mind, and natural aptitude for servant leadership earned the respect of his colleagues and led to his promotion to management in 1960. He enjoyed a 36-year career as technical director of medical imaging at Branson Hospital. Always up for a challenge, he enjoyed brain-twisting puzzles and games, fixing things, family road trips covering most of Canada and the USA, and golf. He was a loving and generous man who was devoted to God, to his family, and to his church. He is survived and deeply missed by his wife of 69 years, Iris Kruger; daughters Debra (Lawrence) Milne, Vicki (Charles) Mellish, and Lori (Cliff) Barnhart; grandchildren Ryan Kruger, Delaina (Jonathan) Jewkes, Tara (Brian) Jendzio, Crystal Milne, Troy (McKenzie) Wallace, Andrew Milne, Keleisha Wallace, Bradley (Christina) Milne, and great-grandchildren Jonah, Joshua, Sophie; Lana and James. He was preceded in death by his siblings Christine Schultz, Florence Kruger, and Irwin Kruger. A virtual memorial service will be held on April 12th at 3:30 PM EDT. If you wish to participate, please send your request to Memorial donations may be made to ADRA at or to the Willowdale Seventh-day Adventist Church Tuition Assistance Fund at


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Jim & Valda Russell

April 22, 2020

Valda and I were saddened to hear of the loss of our good friend, Dick. Since 1961, Dick has been a friend who could be counted upon to lend a hand or to share a good word. He was Christianity in action and we will miss him deeply. We'll be praying for Iris and the family in the days ahead.

Astley Thompson

April 17, 2020

I will never forget Brother Kruger’s big smile and warm handshake as he welcomed me as a new face to the Willowdale Church community. He told me a bit about his career at Branson Hospital and his many years as a member of the Willowdale Church.
I look forward to seeing him again in our heavenly home.

Heart-felt condolences to the Kruger Family.
1 Thess. 4:13-18
Astley & Rose Thompson

Loselie Weber

April 15, 2020

I encountered many firsts with Mr. Kruger. He was the first dad I witnessed to cook breakfast. He made pancakes. They were also the first pancakes I had that had cheese inside of them. Yummy! My hair is naturally curly so I didn't know about humidity and its ability to take out the curl in your hair. Lori, the youngest of the Kruger girls, and I were walking outside during Sabbath School on a foggy morning. He subtlety reminded us to go back to SS if Lori didn't want her curls to fall. I remember his big huge yellow car. I can't remember the make or model of the car. What I recall is the power windows and the first car I ever rode in with A/C. Mr. Kruger also indulged us with donut rides in the empty parking lot of the skating rink in the winter. I had never heard of donuts in the snow before and he indulged Lori and me with my first. Thank you, Mr. Kruger, for the happy memories! You didn't know it but your life was a quiet example of Christian love to me.

Fern Davis

April 12, 2020

I have been going to Willowdale Church for all of my life. Mr. Kruger was always there with a warm smile. He would always participate in our Sabbath School with Ryan. Every word he said was always uttered in respect and gentleness. He never sounded judgmental or crass. He was always genuine and kind. I will truly miss Mr. Kruger and am grateful for the beautiful example of gentleness and kindness that he showed.

Cathy Domke

April 12, 2020

My heart goes out to the family as we remember the amazing man "Dad" was. He was so kind and gentle, yet firm in his believes and values. His love and caring heart will be so greatly missed. I loved just being in his presence. It was calming and comforting. He gave all he had to his family, every day. His incredible bond with Ryan Michael was inspiring. And yes, I will never understand his taste in grape juice with cereal. Richard Kruger will always have a special place in my heart and memories. He was like a father to me.
Love always, Cathy

John & Jacqui Alleyne

April 11, 2020

Brother Kruger, is one whom we cherish as an adopted family member. His sharp mind, generous level of caring, ready laugh, and demonstrated patience are among the many admired traits that he lived; he was one who never had a negative thing to say about others. He will definitely be incredibly missed. To the family, we extend our deepest condolences and love and join you in awaiting our Saviour’s soon return. It is our prayer to spend eternity with him and our loved ones who are asleep and waiting for the trumpet to sound on that “great” day. ❤️❤️❤️

Peter Thorne

April 11, 2020

I grew up in the Willowdale SDA Church - from its inception, until I was about 18 when I went off to university. My memories go way back to the Kruger family sitting together in church on the right hand side midway to the front. Beautiful family - and Mr. Kruger was, indeed ever-cheerful. For me he set the bar for positive Christianity.
My parents, John and Helen Thorne, were of a similar era and if they were still living they would have loved to have shared in this tribute. I speak especially on their behalf in wishing the Kruger's deepest condolences with the happy thought that soon and very soon we shall reunite and share those smiles. God bless the girls!

Anita Greer

April 11, 2020

We never got to see Uncle Dick much because his family lived so far away. But I remember when the whole family would get together to celebrate Thanksgiving. Uncle Dick always had a smile on his face. I also remember him as being the most devoted family man; going above and beyond what could be reasonably expected with no hesitation. Giving freely of himself for his family because he loved them all so much. He was a wonderful example of what it means to be family and he will be deeply missed by us all.

June Felix

April 11, 2020

It was always a joy to have Br. Kruger in Sabbath School class. When visiting him at his home, one of his request was, let us sing. He will be missed.

Ariana Stenfors

April 11, 2020

I did not know Mr. Kruger at all, but I have seen him before. My thoughts and prayers go to those who mourn him. He will be comforted in the arms of the Lord.


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