Fred Krug was born in Norfolk, Virginia in 1950 because his father was stationed there with the United States Navy.
“Our family also lived at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba until I turned seven,” he explained.
After that, the family moved to Memphis, Tennessee where Krug spent his teenage years with his six sisters and brothers.
He attended and graduated from the Memphis Catholic School for Boys in 1968 before joining the Air Force.
“I spent my ‘college’ years at ‘Saigon U’ in Vietnam,” Krug stated. “I served there with the Air Force Security Force guarding Tan Son Nhut Air Base before I was honorably discharged in 1972.”
Krug spent a few years “trying to find my calling” before landing a job with Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company as a sales representative and later as a retail store manager.
“After a stint in Osceola, Arkansas, I eagerly accepted a transfer to the Batesville store,” Krug stated. “My family and I fell in love with this area from day one and stayed here for the next 40 years. It was the perfect place for me and my wife Carole to raise our two kids, Brian and Angie.”
Sadly, Krug’s first wife Carole passed away in 2015, but the family bond is still thriving with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchild.
“My daughter, Angie Krug Gay is a kindergarten teacher at Southside School and is married to Chris,” Krug stated. “My son Brian Krug, is a teacher at Batesville High School and is married to Jessica Barnett Krug. I have two granddaughters, Sophie and Mattie Krug and one grandson, Tyler Gay and a great-grandson, Keaton Gay.”
Krug has always had an interest in city government because of his love for the city, and served on the Batesville City Council from 2004-2014 because he felt that he could offer his time and interest in order to serve the city.
“I resigned to move to Greers Ferry,” he stated. “After the death of my wife, I decided to move back to Batesville in 2015.”
By 2017, Krug got the city government bug again, and also found love again with his second wife, Josephine Jones Cargill.
“I re-developed an interest in serving in city government,” Krug said. “It must have been destiny that directed me this way because in 2018, Ward 2 Alderman David Shetron decided not to run for reelection. I took my cue and ran for the position unopposed.”
Today, Krug enjoys leisure time on Greers Ferry Lake where he has several cousins and a son who has lake cabins and boats.
“After years of owning those things, I discovered it’s much better to have kin folks with boats and cabins,” he laughed.
Krug is also a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church where he serves on the vestry.
Navigating through Covid 19 has not been fun for Krug and knows it has really been tough on a lot of people.
“As a councilman, I felt that stepping up with the mask resolution was the right thing to do even though some people don’t like it,” he said. “We had consider what would be in the best interest of the city as a whole.”
Krug doesn’t want to be any other place on earth than Batesville.
“My wife and I wouldn’t want to live any where else,” Krug said. “Batesville is a beautiful little town, a little off the beaten path, but it’s where our family and friends are. Nothing else matters.”