Karen Sue (Keller) Krug, 74, of Russell, Kansas, passed away Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at the Willow House in Hays, Kansas with her family by her side.

Karen was born March 24, 1942 in Waldo, Kansas, the daughter of Everett and Edith (Tabler) Keller.  She grew up on the family farm near Waldo and graduated from Waldo High School.  She then attended Ft. Hays State College where she received a Bachelorís Degree in Education.  Karen grew up attending the Waldo United Methodist Church.

Karen was united in marriage to Donald F. Krug on June 9, 1963 at St. John Lutheran Church of Russell.
They made their home in the Russell area.

Karen was an Educator for U.S.D. 407 for many years.  She started out working as a first grade teacher in 1964.  When she retired in 2004, she had been a third grade teacher for many years.  Karen was also active in helping Don on the farm and dairy.  Karen was a member of the Waldo United Methodist Church growing up, and then after marriage, became an active member of the St. John Lutheran Church, as a member of the Altar Guild, Ladiesí Circle and the Bell Choir.  She also was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma.  She enjoyed reading, tending her flower garden, and researching tips and hints on Pinterest.  She loved attending her children and grandchildrenís activities.

Surviving family include her husband of 53 years, Donald F. of the home; son, Justin Krug of Waldo, Kansas; daughter, Sheryl Krug of Russell, Kansas; sister, Barbara Jeroue (Ken) of Russell, Kansas; sister-in-law, Frances Wilhelm of Augusta, Kansas; three grandchildren, Zackery Krug, Shae-Lyn Krug and Keller Krug; and many nieces, nephews, and close friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents, infant daughter Michelle Lyn Krug, and sister-in-law Eileen Vladar.

Celebration of Karenís Life will be held at 11:00 A.M., Monday, July 25, 2016 at St. John Lutheran Church of Russell.  Cremation will follow the services.  Visitation will be from 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM Sunday, July 24, 2016 at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary with the family present to greet friends from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM.  Memorials have been established with the St. John Lutheran Church Secret Garden or Caring Hands Humane Society in Newton.  Contributions and condolences may be sent to Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary, who is in charge of these arrangements.


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