Rev. Harry Victor Krug, 95, Lutheran pastor

April 09, 2001|By Tanika White | Tanika White,SUN STAFF

The Rev. Harry Victor Krug, pastor emeritus of Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Baltimore, died Friday of heart failure at Carroll County General Hospital. The Westminster resident was 95.

Born in Glenville, Pa., Mr. Krug spent much of his life serving his church.

"His last official act was baptizing his great-grandson, who was born on Christmas Day," said a daughter, Martha K. Nelson of West Chester, Pa.

Mr. Krug graduated from Gettysburg College in 1931 and Gettysburg Lutheran Theological Seminary in 1934, where he earned master of divinity and master of sacred theology degrees.

Gettysburg College subsequently awarded him an honorary doctor of divinity degree.

On April 7, 1935, Mr. Krug was ordained and installed by the Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Maryland in Baltimore's Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church. He served as pastor there for 37 years, retiring April 7, 1972.

He was elected pastor emeritus upon his retirement.

During much of his ministry, he was deeply involved in synodical and other church-related activities.

He held numerous offices and committee memberships. He served on the executive board of the Maryland Synod, the board of trustees of the National Lutheran Home for the Aged, and the boards of Lutheran Social Services, Salem Hebrew Mission and the Church Extension Society of Baltimore.

Mr. Krug also was past chairman of the Jolly Acres development, president of the Baltimore Lutheran Ministers' Association and the Baltimore Lutheran Ministers Conference, and visiting chaplain of South Baltimore Hospital.

As chairman of the Camp and Conference Centers Committee of the Synod, he exercised major responsibility for the planning and development of the Mar-Lu-Ridge Conference and Educational Center, a church camp for children.

During his retirement, he became one of the founders of the Carroll Lutheran Village retirement community in Westminster.

"It was nothing but a farm field when he got his hands on it," said a daughter, Harriet Miner of Falls Church, Va.

Mr. Krug also served on the retirement community's board of directors and most of the original committees.

He started the Village News and initiated the Macedonian Fellowship, which encourages and recognizes the generosity of people who donate money to the retirement village.

Mr. Krug was married to Helen Amelia Spicer for 60 years. She died in 1990.

In addition to his two daughters, he is also survived by another daughter, Mary Beth Nelson of Chicago Heights, Ill.; five grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Krug Chapel at Carroll Lutheran Village, 205 St. Mark Way, Westminster.

In addition to flowers, donations may be made to the Chapel Fund at Carroll Lutheran Village, 300 St. Luke's Circle, Westminster 21158.

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