Gary L. Kruger | obituary

September 11, 1938
September 6, 2021

Gary Lynn Kruger, 81, of Effingham, IL, died peacefully at his home in rural Effingham on September 6, 2021. Gary was born on September 11, 1939 in Altamont, IL to Henry Kruger and Ila Kelly Kruger. On September 14, 1968, he married the love of his life, Marcie Ruholl. She survived. Gary also leaves his children Kevin (Michelle) Kruger of Effingham, Michael (Lauretté) Kruger of Eureka, IL, and Amy (Marc) Sands of Colorado Springs, CO; Grandsons Ryan and Derek Kruger from Effingham, Ben, Sam and Hope Kruger from Eureka and Katie (Sam) Metcalfe from Morton, IL; Brother Lyle (Rhea) Kruger of Effingham; and Sister Shirley (the late Ken) McKee of Varna, IL. In death he was preceded by his parents and young son David.
Gary was a civil engineer and worked for the Illinois State Highway Department, Mautz and Oren Construction, and Cumberland County for over 40 years. As a Cumberland County Engineer, he was instrumental in financing and building the covered bridge over the Embarras River on the National Road west of Greenup, IL. He had an inventive mind and seemed able to plan and build just about anything for his family, from an elaborate two-story playhouse and homemade go-kart for his kids to handcrafted toys and furniture for his kids and Grandson. Gary was a lifelong self-proclaimed auto maniac with more projects than time who instilled the same love in his sons and helped them restore their own classic cars. Most importantly, he was a devoted husband, proud father, and loving grandfather who quietly demonstrated his love for his family, large and small, every day, even as he battled Alzheimer’s disease in his later years.
The tour will take place on Friday, September 10, 2021, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home, 1110 N. Fourth Street, Effingham. A Christian funeral mass will be held on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 10:30 am in the Catholic Church of St. Anthony of Padua in Effingham, where Gary was a long-time member. The burial takes place in the Catholic cemetery of St. Anthony. Please wear a mask at all church services.
Commemorative donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Online condolences can be found at

Published on September 7, 2021

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