Funeral Details

James H. Kruger

October 22, 1935 - September 3, 2023


Date and Time

Wednesday, September 6, 2023 at 3:00 PM


Chicago Jewish Funerals
Skokie Chapel
8851 Skokie Boulevard
Skokie, Illinois 60077
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Rabbi David Oler

Interment - Private


The Weiner Residence
807 Balmoral Lane
Northbrook, Illinois 60062
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Following the service from 5PM to 9PM

Shiva Coordinator:
Randi Berger

Memorial Contributions

Charity of choice


James H. Kruger, age 87

Beloved husband of Debra nee Waggoner. Dear father of Jeffrey Kruger (Barbara Byster), Karen Kruger (Steven) Weiner, Jordan (Sarah) Kruger, and Jeremy (Danielle) Kruger. Proud grandfather of Kylie Kruger, Amelia Kruger, Judah Kruger, and the late Jack Kruger. Cherished brother of the late Charlotte (the late Robert) Freeman. Service Wednesday 3 PM at Chicago Jewish Funerals, 8851 Skokie Blvd (at Niles Center Road), Skokie. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of choice. To attend the funeral live stream, please visit our website. Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals - Skokie Chapel, 847.229.8822,


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May I send my condolences to my uncle Jim's entire family. I can only recall positive memories from every time I was in Jim's presence. Along with me, he was the last person besides me to see his sister, and my mother, alive. I will never forget the support he gave me and my sister on that day in the hospice. RIP.

Keith Freeman
September 4, 2023
Sending our deepest condolences to all of the Family. Keeping Aunt Debbie and the kids/grandkids in our thoughts and prayers during this time of sorrow. We will remember Uncle Jim for his kindness, generosity, and sense of humor. He was such a sweet man to us kids growing up. We loved our train trips to Chicago over the years and fun holidays in Glencoe. Rest in Peace Uncle Jim. We love you and miss you.

Melanie Woodbury
September 6, 2023
Dear cousin Debbie and family,
We were so sorry to hear of the passing of your husband Jim. As we watched the service online, it was very evident of the love that is in your family. We pray that you can keep Jim's memory and love alive through the years to follow.

Vicki and Dave Barna
Platteville, WI

Dave and Vicki Barna
September 6, 2023
My husband, Bruce, and I are heartbroken for ourselves but, most importantly, for Debra, his children, and his grandchildren. He was exceedingly kind, quietly generous, very intelligent, and very modest about his many accomplishments. He sent me the sweetest emails and texts over the years and I still remember his delight when I showed him how to make "Happy Birthday" balloons dance across the screen on a recipients' texted birthday greeting. He was also very good looking and I was nervous around him and his beautiful wife--my sister in law--for the longest time until I realized both were inwardly beautiful people, too.
Jim Kruger was a true mensch and will be terribly missed by all who had the good fortune to know and love him.

Mary Waggoner
September 8, 2023
To my dear friend Karen, her husband Steve, and her daughter, Kylie - sending much love to all of you at this difficult time. I know how much you loved your father and how he will be so greatly missed. May his memory be a blessing.

Barbara Berman
September 18, 2023