Mr. Sheldon Kruger passed away in October 2015 at the age of 84.
Mr. Kruger taught Social Studies at Steinmetz starting in 1959 when Dwight Eisenhower was president. Mr. Kruger was the History Department Chairperson for many years. He could be found keeping statistics for the football team along the sidelines for decades and coaching the boy’s tennis team! Mr. Kruger was the faculty representative for the Alumni Association for years, and came to the annual Alumni Picnic every year. He said, “The best thing he remembers about teaching was the interaction with all of his students.” He seldom missed a chance to “talk about the good old days” with former students at the picnic or at class reunions. Mr. Kruger retired in 1992. He said, “The best thing about retirement is you have time to do the things you want to do.” He kept active at the park district and working on Genealogy.
He kept in touch with many of his former students.
Some of the condolences:
Brian Cooley, 6/63,” Please let his loved ones know that he was a fine teacher and a true guiding light for his students. He had a way of taming wild ones like myself, who thought high school was a waste of time. I had a great deal of respect for him then and in my later life.”
Patricia Podboy, 6/76, I also had Mr. Kruger for History class at Steinmetz High. Blessings and loving memories to the family of a fine teacher. He was one of the best!
He will be dearly missed by family, friends, staff, and students. We at the Steinmetz Alumni Association send our deepest condolences to the Kruger Family.