John Edward Krueger
Dr. John Edward Krueger, 93, of Bloomington and formerly of
South Bend, died Monday, February 16, 2015 in Sterling House
He was born July 13, 1921 in Michigan City, Indiana to Carl H.
Krueger and Katherine Hartke Krueger.
He was an anesthesiologist, retired from a long career at St.
Joseph Medical Center in South Bend.
Survivors include three daughters: Katherine Ward of
Bloomington, Carol Williams and her husband Bob of Capt.
Cook, Hawaii and Julie Nelson and her husband Phillips of Belmont, Massachusetts; two step-
daughters: Sue Cooper of South Bend and Jean Verteramo and her husband Alberto of
Granger, Indiana; nine grandchildren: John Ward, Jonathan Holfinger, Ryan Hanson, Brandice
Cooper, Andrew Verteramo, Erica CR Williams, Brian Verteramo, Connor Verteramo, and
Sara Nelson; seven great-grandchildren: Max, Cameron, Natalie, Simone, Lukas, Jake and
Brandon; a brother, Thomas Krueger of Madison, Wisconsin, and several beloved nieces and
He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Ruth Taylor Krueger, his stepson Rick
Dickens, his second wife, Patricia Girard Krueger, and a sister, Jane DeGan.
John served as an Army Medical Officer in post-WWII occupied Germany. During his medical
practice he lectured at St. Mary’s Nursing School, served on the Medical Ethics Committee at
Notre Dame University, volunteered at the Chapin Street Free Clinic, and was active in many
other civic, church and professional organizations. A cofounder and medical director of
Hospice of South Bend, now Center for Hospice Care of North Central Indiana, he is
remembered there by a yearly service award given in his name. He was a devoted and
cherished member of the Cathedral of St. James, Episcopal in South Bend.
John was an avid golfer, loved to putter in his home workshop, swam three times a week for
many years, and was an enthusiastic student of Civil War history. He loved travel, good food
and Dixieland jazz; New Orleans was an annual springtime pilgrimage.
John Krueger was compassionate and conscientious, loving, generous and kind.