Reverend Richard A. Krugler
September 15, 1925 – September 2, 2019
Reverend Richard A. Krugler of Rochester Hills, MI, entered eternal life surrounded by family on September 2, 2019 at the age of 93. A faithful servant of God, he was born in Chicago, IL to William and Florence (Erber) Krugler where he pursued a faith-based education from an early age starting at Tabor Lutheran School in Chicago, IL and continuing on to Concordia College in Milwaukee, WI. He completed his first vicarage at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Huntington Station, NY and a second at Immanuel Lutheran School in Wakefield, Nebraska. In 1949 he graduated from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO as an ordained minister in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Inspired by a slide presentation at his church by a missionary in Nigeria, he achieved a life-long dream by accepting a call as a missionary and traveled to Nigeria with his wife, the former Edith Kleim in 1949, where he served for 10 years. After Edith was called home to heaven in 1958, he answered a call to Trinity Lutheran Church in Reed City, MI.
In 1960, he married the former Mildred (Worner) Hilst and served the church, school and community for 31 years. During that time he established Grace Lutheran Church in Baldwin MI, helped launch and serve on the board of directors for LBT (Lutheran Bible Translators), and held various offices in the LCMS Michigan District and other community organizations.
After the Lord called Mildred home in 1985, he married the former Ruth (Schroeder) Lail in 1990 and moved to Vancouver, WA, to enjoy a life of retirement and continue his service on a part-time basis with several LCMS churches including Memorial Lutheran Church. He and Ruth also worked with Laborers for Christ and Habitat for Humanity and enjoyed traveling across the world to visit family. Following Ruth’s passing in 2000, Richard relocated to Rochester Hills, MI in 2008 and remained active with the LCMS and LBT organizations.
Rev. Krugler is preceded in death by his parents, his beloved three wives, his sister Leona (Jack) Davis, brothers Bill (Ethel) Krugler, Emil (Lilly) Krugler, and Arnold (Marge) Krugler, and step son Chistopher Lail. He is survived by his sister Ruth (Roy) Brockopp, his nine children, Jean Vahey, John (Sandy) Krugler, Steven Krugler, Ronald (Ruth) Krugler, Barbara (Hugh) Muellenhagen, Shari Krugler, Theodore (Robin) Krugler, Charles Krugler, and Thomas (Lisa) Krugler, step-children; Cheryl Lail, Terry (Cyndy) Lail, Cindy (Paul) Linnemann, Becky (Steve) Eaton, and Ted (Sarah) Lail. He is also survived by 23 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held at Pixley Funeral Home in Rochester, MI on Friday September 6, 2019 from 2-8pm. Funeral Services will be held at St. John Lutheran Church in Rochester, MI on Saturday September 7 at 11am.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Trinity Lutheran School Building Fund located at 19778 U.S. Highway 10 Reed City, MI 49677.
- William and Florence (Erber) Krugler, Parents (deceased)
- Edith Kleim, Wife (deceased)
- Mildred (Worner) Hilst, Wife (deceased)
- Ruth (Schroeder) Lail, Wife (deceased)
- Leona (Jack) Davis, Sister (deceased)
- Bill (Ethel) Krugler, Brother (deceased)
- Emil (Lilly) Krugler, Brother (deceased)
- Arnold (Marge) Krugler, Brother (deceased)
- Chistopher Lail, Step-Son (deceased)
- Ruth (Roy) Brockopp, Sister
- Jean Vahey, Daughter
- John (Sandy) Krugler, Son
- Steven Krugler, Son
- Ronald (Ruth) Krugler, Son
- Barbara (Hugh) Muellenhagen, Daughter
- Shari Krugler, Daughter
- Theodore (Robin) Krugler, Son
- Charles Krugler, Son
- Thomas (Lisa) Krugler, Son
- Cheryl Lail, Step-Daughter
- Terry (Cyndy) Lail, Step-Son
- Cindy (Paul) Linnemann, Step-Daughter
- Becky (Steve) Eaton, Step-Daughter
- Ted (Sarah) Lail, Step-Son
- 23 Grandchildren, Unspecified
- 24 Great-Grandchildren, Unspecified
Trinity Lutheran School Building Fund
19778 U.S. Highway 10, Reed City, MI 49677
- Visitation Friday, September 6, 2019
- Memorial Service Saturday, September 7, 2019
Reverend Richard A. Krugler
September 6, 2019
We got to know Dick when we worked together on the Greater Detroit Emeriti Pastors and Wives organization. Both of us tried to resign at a meeting; he succeeded and I then became the Treasurer as well. Many laughs were shared in phone messages and at gatherings. His meticulous record-keeping kept the focus on doing things honorably as servants of the Lord. I will always remember him as a gentle, loving, kind and dedicated servant of the Lord. May God's peace be with the many families he touched.
September 5, 2019
When growing up in Reed City I spent lots of time either play basketball in the gym or with his son. I always looked up to pastor Krugler. Prayers to the family.
September 5, 2019
The one word that comes to my mind for Uncle Dick is “inspirational.”
The roots of that feeling undoubtedly go all the way back to my childhood years knowing that he and his family were living in Africa as missionaries. Even as a youngster I realized how special a person a foreign missionary had to be.
My first recollection of meeting him was in the early 60’s after the family had returned to the States. They visited, and I remember my brothers and I sleeping in our Cicero parsonage basement with our newly met boy cousins! A special time, thinking back.
Uncle Dick was always big about family and maintaining family ties. He visited us again, we were living in Giddings, Texas at the time, in the late 60’s. I fondly remember my brothers and I taking our “cute cousins,” Barbara and Shari, to play miniature golf.
As the years have gone by, and Uncle Dick and I have had opportunities here and there to spend some time together, I found that he was one of the more unchanging people I knew. His love for our Lord was evident in how he spoke to people as well as how he treated people throughout his life. The other remarkable thing was his commitment to being the best father, grandfather, great grandfather, that he could possibly be. And did he ever have a huge family to practice that on!
Uncle Dick has left a legacy for all of us privileged to be related to him, and also for everyone else who knew him, to try and emulate in our lives and with our families. Through this legacy, in a way, he will live on, even though he is so sorely missed. But we WILL see him again! Praise the Lord!
September 5, 2019
I remember growing up in my Grandmas Home and learning that Uncle Dick and Edith were overseas as Missionaries In Africa. Spreading and teaching the word of God to the Towns People and beyond.
They lived there several years supporting the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. Aunt Edith was my Moms little Sister I.E. the Kleim Family and she ultimately married Uncle Dick.
When they came home they settled in Reid City and we as a family visited often driving up from Chicago.
One thing I will miss is receiving Uncle Dicks Annual Christmas Message describing what the Family was doing and where they were living.
I know that Uncle Dick is in Heaven he surely was a Good and Faithful Servant of our Lord!
Celebrate his Life and what he taught in the name of Jesus!!
Rest In Peace Uncle Dick.
September 5, 2019
Pastor was the person who officiated at our wedding in 1960. He was a wise and caring man. Condolences to his remaining family and to members of Trinity , Reed City..
Kathy Johnson Gehner
September 4, 2019
It was an awesome lifetime experience and pleasure to have Richard (father-in-law) in my life for the past 44 years. It started in 1975 with him walking Barbara down the aisle and then turning around and marrying us. For the last 11 years he has lived with Barbara and me. His love and wisdom always shone through. Although not a son of his by birth he always treated me as one. He will be missed deeply but I know he has gone home to our Lord and I'll be with him again one day/