Brandon Lee Krueger

July 14, 1981July 8, 2018
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Brandon Lee Krueger, age 37. CPD Narcotics Unit #189 and United States Marine Corp Veteran. Loving husband of Andrea (nee Doule); beloved father of Aiden, Keira and Kendall Krueger; devoted stepfather of Tyler and Evan Upp; cherished son of Roger (Trina) Krueger and Diane (Dr. Greg) Milani (nee Unger); dearest brother of Lisa Lindaur; fond uncle of Kailey, Taylor, Connor, Logan and Olivia.

Visitation Thursday 3-9 p.m. at St. Rita Shrine Chapel 7740 S. Western Avenue. Funeral Mass Friday at 10:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers donations to The Brandon Krueger Children Fund c/o Chase Bank, 12657 S. Ridgeland Avenue Palos Heights, IL 60463 would be appreciated.


  • Brandon Krueger Children Fund


  • Visitation Thursday, July 12, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Friday, July 13, 2018

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Diane Milani

August 24, 2018

I was looking through old photos of you and your sister today. Being Mom to you both is the greatest gift. I thank God for you both and I’m so grateful for the almost 37 years he gave you to me. I miss you so much. I miss your laugh, your funny texts, your calm logic when something upset me. I will miss you every single day and always feel this aching heartbreak. I remember the day you were born and how happy I was to have such a perfect, beautiful healthy son. I remember giving you the nickname: Pepe’ in 8th grade when you always spoke Spanish to me and you calling me Deon. I will love you forever, Pepe’ and miss you, my beautiful blue eyed boy until we are together again someday. I’m sure you will play pranks and make angels laugh in Heaven.

Michelle Roberts

July 13, 2018

I have known Brandon for years since our time in the Marines. We kept in touch for years. One day while at target in Yorkville my kids and I ran in to him and Andrea and kids. I'm not from IL but moved here for my husbands work. Such a small world!! To see him after all those years.

One of my most favorite memories with Brandon was the first time he finally let me drive his beloved Mustang. He loved that car so much. He and I drove for hours on PCH listening to great music on his sound system he was also very proud of. Leaving the service today I noticed the road out front of the church was "Honorary Mustang Road." It was perfect for him. He will be miss dearly by many. Below is one of my most favorite pictures I took of him, he had a flag hanging on his wall in his room in 22 area when he lived in the barracks and his favorite blue sweatshirt he always wore.

My heart goes out to all of his family during this very hard time.

Rosco Smitty

July 13, 2018

I was at ELMACO in the radio sections with ol' Bkruegs, truly glorious times! I've only met a few individuals in all my travels with gifts as powerful as Brandon's. His carefree attitude and ability to laugh at life, no matter what the circumstances were are just one of the things I'll remember him by. It's impossible to forget his laughs, giggles and the faces he'd make when doing so. They were infectious regardless of the situation or chaos that they might even cause. At ELMACO I believe a rule was even put into place stating we couldn't laugh while working... Of course due to ol' BKruegs, always making a group viciously laugh to a point that it halted production. Even the superiors would laugh, making it inevitable that if you walked by, you heard laughter and wanted to stay and be part of his energy.
A little over a year ago I arrived in Chicago for an art event, and met up with Brandon. He hadn't lost his touch at all! We laughed for hours during my short visit and I'll always remember that trip! We reminisced and shared the truly different paths that life had put in front of us: me as a bohemian and him as part of the CPD. During which he shared with me a love story about his wife and kids that still to this day I value. I know he wasn't as emotionally open as some, even though he laughed more than most, but during that time he was, and I was lucky enough to hear him tell me one of the greatest tales of love I've ever heard one say about their family.
I'll always remember you for your Laughter, Uplifting Spirit, Love for Family and your Love for Country.... Go Easy Bro, Heaven's streets are now guarded with one more Bad Ass Marine!

Sharon Baffa

July 13, 2018

I am so sorry; my thoughts and prayers are with the the Krueger family.

Lisa Lewandowski

July 12, 2018

Diane and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I’ll be praying for your family in this impossibly difficult time.

Nick Walker

July 12, 2018

Bkruegs -
Brandon and I were in the Marines together. We were roommates in 29 Palms, CA, and we also went through MCT together way back in 1999. He was a great friend, fiercely loyal and always laughing and clowning around about something. There wasn't much that he didn't find funny! We played football together in Pendleton, while we were stationed at ELMACO. Man, we had a good time. Krueger, Upp, Smitty, Big A, Pauly, D-Dub, Keen-o..........time of our lives man! I first met Krueger one night during MCT, when he was going out to answer a challenge by Littlejohn, another Marine who wanted to fight him. I went with Krueger, because it was just him and there were 5 guys with Littlejohn. Of course, Krueger won the fight, because he never had an ounce of "back down" in him when the time came. That's how I'll remember you, always happy, always laughing, always ready.............Good bye Brother. Be easy man!

Timothy Walker

July 11, 2018

He was a good friend of my Son Nicholas,
As a young Marine he was at my house
Three times , my wife and I liked him very much , this is very sad news , my sympathy and condolences to the family . May he Rest In Peace and God Bless him ,
All the best for his family

Elizabeth Black-German

July 11, 2018

The news of Brandon’s death this morning absolutely rocked me to my core, and I’m still in denial this is real. I met Brandon in 2006 shortly after moving to Colorado and formed a friendship that stood the test of time and miles. Brandon was a sweetheart; always helping where he could and always looking out for another service transition to living in CO wouldn’t have been as easy without him. This world lost a beautiful light and I pray that his children always get the chance to hear about the good their father did and how much he loved them. I pray his wife and his parents find peace and much needed comfort in the days and journey to come, that he no doubt will be there with them as they mourn him. May you forever feel his presence and see his light. Know he was loved and made a real difference in so many lives. Brandon always inspired me, we could always share stories and achievements with one another. I’m going to miss those, but I’ll share them with the skies above now and my work will be done in his honor, for him. May God hold you closer than ever.

Sending love to all from Colorado.

Bob Thunberg

July 11, 2018

While I never met Brandon I have known Roger for many years. I am so sorry to hear this news and wish Brandon 's family peace and comfort during these days ahead. Roger shared his love for his son telling me a few great stories, again so sorry . Bob

Myrtia Rodriguez

July 11, 2018

My deepest condolences to the Krueger family, during this difficult loss. I hope and pray that time will allow you to remember all the beautiful memories you created together. My heart goes out to all of you. Rest In Paradise Brandon, we'll meet you at the crossroads!!