Stephen Krug

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Stephen G. Krug, 68, of Belleville, IL, born July 24, 1953, in East St. Louis, IL, died suddenly Thursday, May 19, 2022, at his residence.

Steve was a man of many talents. He worked as the lead painter at the former St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville before his retirement. At the young age of seven years old, he taught himself to play the piano. Early in his high school years, Steve learned how to play a Hammond B3 organ, and played with local bands in the area. Later, around the age of 20, he became an accomplished guitar player who played with local bands and also as a soloist in the metro-east area. Music was his greatest joy.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Warren and Thelma, nee Layman, Krug; and a cousin, Don Krug.

Surviving are his former wife, Julie Krug; cousins, Terri (Patrick) Sternberg and Kathy Krug; his furry companion, Penny; and nieces, nephews, in-laws, and many close friends.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

According to Steve’s wishes, cremation services were held.

Funeral: A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Private graveside services will be held at Walnut Hill Cemetery, Belleville, IL, at a later date.


12 Comments on Stephen Krug

Jay Young said : Guest Report Jul 17, 2022 at 9:22 AM

Prayers for Steve’s friends and family. 🙏✝️🙏 I played in a band with Steve in the Belleville area in 1977-78. It was a fun band and he added so much to the band’s harmonies. We also played a couple of songs that he wrote. I still listen to one occasionally, “Little Rae Jean”. Hauntingly beautiful song. When I returned to Oklahoma in late 1978, I lost contact with Steve, literally for decades. One of the joys of Facebook was being able to digitally reconnect with him. We occasionally kept in touch and I am so that glad we did. May Steve be Resting in Heavenly Peace.

  • Woodward
  • Ok
Jim Raab said : Guest Report Jun 12, 2022 at 9:24 PM

I worked in EVS at St. Elizabeth's. Steve was always smiling. We hung out at lunch and swap jokes. My condolences to the family.

  • Washington
  • Missouri
Jeff koehler said : Guest Report Jun 06, 2022 at 7:41 PM

Steve and Julie lived next to me for alot of years. He was a great guy who loved his music. And a good friend. I will miss him dearly!!

  • IL
Sandra Krug said : Guest Report May 29, 2022 at 12:41 PM

Steve was a very friendly and helpful gentleman.whom I knew from St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. Steve and my husband, the other Steve Krug, were distant cousins. We laughed about several instances of mixed up identity. My sincere sympathy to his family..

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Kenneth Rank said : Guest Report May 27, 2022 at 11:42 AM

I happended to work in the laundry as a washer operator with the nick name Captain Hook , remembering Steve as a real partner keeping St.E's workings ..

  • Belleville
  • Ilinois said : Guest Report May 27, 2022 at 8:53 AM

I didn’t know him but I was a good friend of his sister, Kathy. My heart and prays go out to him and the entire family.

  • Madison
  • WI
Rhonda Miller said : Guest Report May 25, 2022 at 8:09 PM

My condolences to Steve’s family. Knew Steve for many years @ St.E’s. He was always soft spoken & kind. R.I.P.

  • Collinsville
  • Illinois
June Benedick said : Guest Report May 25, 2022 at 1:55 PM

I remember Steve from all the painting he did at STE in Belleville. Another former STE employee gone too soon. My sympathy to his family and friends.

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
Marc Haggard said : Guest Report May 25, 2022 at 11:06 AM

I'll miss my cousin Steve. I spoke with him several months ago and he mentioned working on wiring the garage at his house with some friends. I have many fond memories of my family visiting with Steve and his mother in Belleville when I was a child. I also have good memories of the last time I visited with his parents many years ago. For all of us, I am deeply saddened by the news of his passing away unexpectedly. Love to all, Marc

  • Greenville
  • North Carolina
Dana Carroll said : Guest Report May 25, 2022 at 10:47 AM

I am so very sorry! Steve was always very nice to talk with in the halls of SEB. My condolences to his family

  • Belleville
  • IL
Dan Witt said : Guest Report May 25, 2022 at 7:42 AM

I'm so sorry for your loss. I worked at St. Elizabeth's at the same time Steve did. He was a great guy and I enjoyed his friendship. Rest in peace Steve.

  • O Fallon
  • IL
Lynn Schloemann said : Guest Report May 24, 2022 at 10:10 AM

So sorry to hear about Steve and his passing. He was such a sweet guy. Such a shock. My thoughts are with you and of course Steve.

  • Sydney
  • NSW

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