Richard C. Krug of Ambler, PA, died peacefully on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at Jeanes Hospital in Philadelphia. He was 82 years old.
Born and raised in the Olney section of Philadelphia, Rich was the son of the late Charles and Virginia (Ecker) Krug.
Rich was a graduate of Murrell Dobbins High School and Temple University where he also received his master's degree.
Mr. Krug was the Print Shop Teacher and Shop Coordinator at the Murrell Dobbins Career and Technical Education High School for 34 years until his retirement in 2001.
However, he mentored his students not only in the classroom but on the basketball court, baseball diamond, and football field. He coached both girls and boys teams and ran a morning intramural boys basketball program for years. Dobbins was like a second home to Rich, and he loved his students, many of whom he helped to find jobs in the various vocations offered at the school. He cherished his memories as a teacher and coach. He made lasting friendships with his colleagues at Dobbins.
Not only did Rich love teaching and coaching, but he also loved his church family. He was a dedicated and involved member of Cedar Grove Church on Rising Sun and Tabor Road for almost 60 years. He was an active teen in Christian Endeavor and attended all the activities with his younger brother, Joe. He made countless loyal friends at these church events and at the age of eighteen met his wife, Jane Phillips. The couple celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in February 2020. Rich held many positions in the church: elder, deacon, treasurer, Sunday school teacher and director of the church's annual Labor Day retreat at Camp Saginaw. He was also on the school board of Cedar Grove Christian Academy and faithfully served alongside the other board members for years.
After moving to Ambler, Rich joined the Church of the Open Door where he made many new and godly friends.
Rich had many side jobs. As a boy, he had a paper route and sold groceries from his uncle's truck. When he was older, depending on the season, he umpired or refereed at least 4 to 8 games a week. Then in the wee hours of the night, he worked on a Linotype machine for the Philadelphia Bulletin or the Philadelphia Inquirer or at Lee's, a friend's print shop. In the summer, he spent over a month delivering telephone books door to door, employing his daughters and nephews.
In his spare time, Rich watched sports. He loved the Phillies and had season tickets for years. Every summer, Rich worked at the FAN FEST and traveled all over the United States visiting all the major baseball stadiums. While watching baseball, he sorted his baseball cards. Collecting baseball memorabilia and cards was a life-long hobby. He was very proud of his collection and loved showing it off.
Rich was also known for his sense of humor. He loved to play practical jokes on his wife, daughters, students, co-workers and friends. April Fool's Day was one of his favorite days as a trickster.
Rich was friendly. He had countless friends and acquaintances from all circles of his life. Once a friend, he was a friend for life and tried to stay in touch with his friends with visits and phone calls.
However, what Rich was proudest of was his family. He loved to spend time with his wife, Jane, and their three daughters: Jane, Ellen and Mary, and two sons in law, Steve and John. He had a special and unique relationship with his three granddaughters and three grandsons and constantly bragged of their accomplishments. Three years ago, he became a great grandfather. His second great grandson was born in 2020.
Rich was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle and friend. He, along with the sparkle in his blue eyes, his sunburnt face, his infamous whistle, his stacks of baseball hats, and lunches at Cracker Barrel, and daily phone calls will be greatly missed. His legacy of putting God first, his family second and his friends a close third is a practice his family hopes to continue.
Rich is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Jane (nee Phillips) Krug. He is the loving father of Jane M. Quigley and her husband Steven, of Philadelphia; Ellen K. Benbow and her husband John of Ambler, and Mary E. Krug of Ambler. He is the dear grandfather of Steven Robert Quigley, Rachel Semekor (Vincent), Laura Quigley, John Andrew Benbow (Abigail), Ellen Claire Benbow, Evan Robert Benbow, and great grandfather of Jace and Jayden Semekor.
Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, September 19, 2020 from 9:30 to 11:00 AM at the Church of the Open Door, 1260 Fort Washington Ave. Fort Washington, PA 19034. Rich's Memorial Service will follow at 11:00 AM.
Remembrances in his name to
Cedar Grove Christian Academy
6445 Bingham Street
Philadelphia, PA 19111
Word of Life Fellowship
PO BOX 600,
Schroon Lake NY 12870
would be appreciated by the family.
Please note that Face Masks and Social Distancing is required at Church by COVID protocols.
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