October 8, 1935 - April 13, 2019
Harry Gene Krugh, 83, of Taft, California passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, April 13, 2019.
He was a beloved husband, wonderful father and a loving grandpa.
Harry was born October 8, 1935 in Mendon, Ohio to Joe Dick Krugh and Isabel Wanda Tomlinson. He worked and lived on their family farm until coming to Taft, California in 1946 at age 10. Harry went to Taft schools and graduated from Taft Union High School. He was active on Taft High’s basketball team.
He was drafted into the U.S. Army in November of 1958 just after turning 18 where he proudly served two years as a Dental Assistant stationed in Fort Benning, Georgia. After his service was complete he moved back to Taft, California and assisted in his family’s business, Joe Krugh’s Harley Davidson Motorcycle Shop “the shop”, until he was hired as a welder for Southern California Gas Company. He attended Taft College and then married the love of his life, Dianne Cheryl Smith, in September 1961.
Harry retired from Southern California Gas Company after 30 years of service.
Harry loved riding motorcycles and was a very talented racer for many years. Many say he was one of the best of his times. He and his family loved camping, fishing, water skiing and playing cards. Shortly after retiring, he and Dianne travelled in their motorhome serving as campground hosts at different lakes throughout California. Harry later returned to work as a Contract Pipeline Inspector for Southern
California Gas Company where he worked on various projects throughout the state and even a few projects out of state. While working, Dianne and their motorhome friends would go along for the trip and venture out during the day planning evening adventures and weekend excursions when Harry was able to join them.
Harry is preceded in death by his wife Dianne Cheryl Krugh, whom he has dearly missed; his parents Joe and Isabel Krugh; his sisters Dorothy Gray and JoAnn Bledsoe. He is survived by his two daughters: Kim Melton and her husband David and their children Austin, Bryson and Paige; Kathy Devine and her children Tom, Tim, Amanda, Delya and Matt; his sister Gwynn Martin and her family; brother-in-law Bill
Smith and his family; many friends, cousins, nieces, nephews, second cousins, grandnieces and grandnephews. He leaves many memories in those lives he has touched and will be deeply missed. A graveside service is scheduled for Friday, May 3 rd at 11:00 a.m. at West Side Cemetery in Taft, California with a Celebration of Life lunch being served immediately after at the Taft Moose Lodge.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Greenlawn Funeral Home Southwest. www.GreenlawnM-c.com