Claire E. Krukenberg, 71
Charleston, Ill. — Claire E. Krukenberg, age 71, of Charleston, Ill., passed away on Monday, June 20, 2011, at his home.
Memorial Services honoring and celebrating his life were held on June 24, 2011, at Adams Funeral Chapel in Charleston. The Rev. Ken Hoover officiated. Services will also be held at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Emerald Township, rural Blue Earth, today, Monday, June 27, 2011, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Wes Hafner officiating. Inurnment will follow in the church cemetery. It is requested that memorial gifts in his honor be made to the E.I.U. Department of Mathematics Scholarship Fund, Immanuel Lutheran Church in Charleston or the National Wildlife Foundation. Gifts may be left on the memorial table at the visitation or services or mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL 61920.
Claire was born on Sept. 16,1939, in Blue Earth, the son of the late Emil and Laura (Weiss) Krukenberg. He is survived by his children, a daughter, Kristin Krukenberg, of Boston, Mass., and a son, Kurt (Charu Ramaprasad) Krukenberg, of San Jose, Calif.; and a sister, Elaine (Harold) Schroeder, of Blue Earth, and their family.
From 1968 until his retirement in 2006, Dr. Krukenberg served as a Professor in the Math Department at Eastern Illinois University and also served as its Chair. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Charleston and served on the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM).
Claire was an avid bridge player and played with several clubs. For many years he was a familiar face on the soccer field as he was a referee for the youth soccer program in Charleston. He also enjoyed fishing and looked forward to his annual fishing trips to Canada with friends. He dearly loved Kristin, Kurt and Charu and always remained one they could go to for devoted encouragement and support.
Claire’s memorial website is available at www.adamsfuneralchapel.com where condolences may be sent to family by clicking on obituaries.