Kenneth Steven Krug, 63, left this life on April 16, 2018 in Odessa, TX.
Ken was born in Staten Island, NY to Andrew and Charlotte Krug. He moved to Jacksonville, FL with his parents in 1971, relocating with them again in 1974 to Gretna, LA, a suburb of New Orleans. Ken thought he was destined to live his life by himself until he met the love of his life, Elwin Gere. They were married in 2003 and moved to Odessa, TX in 2008 where they shared their happy lives together until his passing.
Ken attended Monsignor Farrell High School in Staten Island and graduated from Bishop Kenny High School in Jacksonville. He also attended Jacksonville University, University of North Florida and University of New Orleans, majoring in political science which was his passion throughout his life. While attending college in Jacksonville, Ken worked at Towers Hardware and was able to use his experience there when he moved to the New Orleans area at Temento’s Hardware and as sporting goods manager for Barkers Department Store. He started his career in computer programming, developing programming to convert computer systems for oil field service company H.B.”Buster” Hughes Inc. in Belle Chasse, LA. Ken attended IBM’s guided learning center, becoming a self-taught computer programmer, and was hired by liquor distributor Magnolia Marketing (later Republic Beverage) as assistant information technology manager, later becoming I.T. manager and working for them for 26 years. With his move to Odessa in 2008, Ken worked as programmer for Budweiser distributor Standard Sales Company.
Ken loved following politics and loved all things involving space technology. Ken enjoyed attending RockHounds and Jackalopes games, Midland Community Theater, going to the movies, eating out, road trips and the Black Hills in South Dakota where Ken and Elwin had planned to retire.
Ken is preceded in death by his parents. Those left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife, Elwin; his sister Andrea Krug and her daughter Kimberly (Steven) Fluharty and their sons Nicholas (fiancée Macy Mouton) and Joshua all of New Orleans; sister Pamela (Rodney) Birdwell and son Rodney Keith Jr. (Ashley) Birdwell, their daughters Izzy and Morrigan; son Richard (fiancée Maggie Flores) , their daughter Zooey and son Lucas; and daughter Karen (Leif) Olsen and their son Connor all of Jacksonville, FL and numerous other members of the Birdwell family, special to Ken; stepson Matthew Snethen of Lamoni, IA; sisters-in-law Shelda Hill and Avis (Elmer) Miler of Leon, IA, Velma (John) Wengryn of Pleasanton, IA and brother-in-law Darwin Gere of VanWert, IA and a host of nieces and nephews in Elwin’s family who loved Ken dearly; and many other friends special to Ken.
Due to family and friends in multiple states, private memorial gatherings will be held at later dates in Texas, Louisiana, Florida and Iowa.
Arrangements are entrusted to Sunset Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home of Odessa. To send family condolences please sign his guestbook at www.sunsetodessa.com.
Elwin, know that I am thinking of you and my heart hurts for you during this time of sorrow and pain. I know you had big plans for the future with Ken. Many of us were praying for Ken and you during his hospitalization . I am so very sorry he had to go home so soon. You are in my thoughts and prayers and you have my deepest heartfelt sympathy. God Bless.
Gloria HamiltonDes Moines, IA
Ken was a great man and I'm greatful to have worked with him and known him for over 20 years. We used to go to lunch together and I will miss him very much as we were very good friends. He was a great conversationalist and I always looked forward to our talks on politics and current events. Ken was genuinely fun to be around and had a larger than life personality. I will greatly miss him.
Jamie PonderKenner, LA
Ken, you were a very special man. A man I looked up to and admired. You brought joy into everyone's life. You will be missed. God Bless.
Steven FluhartyMarrero, LA
I am so sorry for your loss. Cherish all of the wonderful memories that you and Ken shared over the years.
Rhonda McPhersonSturgis, SD
I'll miss Ken's friendship, always, and our days together at working for Standard Sales. Ken, Gary and I would sit around for the first couple of minutes before starting work to discuss politics, world events and family stuff. We'd have spirited discussions (especially politics) and lots of laughs. Ken was a great guy who enjoyed celebrating life and always had a great attitude. I'm sure that he'd agree that one of the highlights of our friendship (and lives) was watching the Saints win the Superbowl and then Second-Lining with umbrellas in front of our house here in Odessa after their victory! It was a miracle that I didn't think either one of us would live to see. It was great to have the Popeye's fried chicken and the company of two other "New Orleanians" for that special and unforgettable moment . Rest in peace, Ken. See you down the line again, one day.
Howard ZissmanOdessa, TX
Even though I never met you or Elwin I feel like I know you both well through Elwin’s & my conversations on Facebook. I’m sorry you weren’t able to stay on this earth a little longer. My condolences to my cousin Elwin & all of your family.
Kathy Gere McKaySnoqualmie, WA