Since 1858, six generations of Kruegers have provided
personalized, sensitive and caring funeral services to our
community and the surrounding areas. We are proud to continue the
family business which we began 150 years ago.
Christian Krueger Jr and his family arrived in Blue Island in 1851
and shortly thereafter opened a carpenter and cabinetry shop in
town. The Krueger family became involved in funeral service when
Christian was soon called upon to make plain, simple wood coffins
for his fellow townspeople and local farmers.
Christian Jr also served Blue Island as Village Trustee, Chairman
of the Village Board from 1880-1883, School Director for 15 years,
Township Supervisor and Road Commissioner.
Christian's son, Robert, learned the art of embalming in the
1880's and opened a storefront "undertaking" business on Western
Avenue between New and Vermont Streets. In those days, wakes took
place at the family's home and Robert, along with his son, Robert
Jr, engaged in the service at this location until the funeral home
was built in 1927.
Robert Jr. moved into the newly built funeral home when it was
completed. The funeral home was designed by Blue Island's own
Robert Seyfarth, with living quarters on the second floor for the
funeral director and his family. An accomplished regional
architect, Robert Seyfarth also designed 6 other prominent homes in
town. Actually Robert became a 'shirt tail' relative of the Krueger
family when his brother William married Edna Krueger in 1906. In
1993 Krueger Funeral Home was designated as a historical landmark
by the Blue Island Historical Preservation Committee.
T. Christian Krueger Sr, the son of Robert Jr, joined the Krueger
Funeral Home in 1950, shortly after the sudden death of his father.
In 1976 Christian Sr built an attached addition to the Krueger
Funeral Home that included a second chapel and family lounge.
Kelle and Clay, the daughter and son of Christian Sr and the fifth
generation in the family business, procured their funeral director
and embalming licenses in 1977 and 1981, respectively, and now
jointly operate the Krueger Funeral Home. In 2006, Kanon Krueger
Kysiak obtained his funeral director and embalming license and
became the sixth generation in the family business.
Krueger Funeral Home, the oldest business in Blue Island run
continuously by the same family, celebrated their 150th year
anniversary in 2008