Verda Krug-Underwood Passes Away

Verda Krug-Underwood

Verda D. Krug-Underwood of Hermiston, former longtime Albany resident, died on Sept. 26, 2021 in Hermiston at the age of 98.

She was born on Dec. 22, 1922 in Bogue, Kan. to Harry and Mae Clampett Dunning.

The family moved to Oregon from Morland, Kan. in 1941. She graduated from Albany High School in 1941.

She attended Oregon State University for continuing education for her position at the Bureau of Mines in Albany as a spectrographic aide. She held the employment there from 1952 until retiring in 1982. Prior to employment at Bureau of Mines, she worked at Calvin’s Drug, JC Penney, Mountain State Power (Pacific Power) and briefly at Oremet before returning to Bureau of Mines, where she met Marion Krug, a beloved husband for 40 years from 1958 to 1998, when Marion passed.

They purchased a home in Mennonite Village in 1993 and wintered in Yuma, Ariz., and she maintained the property in Yuma until 2002. She married her neighbor, Proise Underwood, at Mennonite Village and they enjoyed life together from 1999 to 2007, taking many trips together and enjoying the wonderful companionship that they shared. They shared the love of the Lord and attended South Albany Community Church. After all of the lockdowns and some medical issues, Verda decided to move to Hermiston to be closer to her niece in 2020.

Verda didn’t know a stranger. She truly loved people and sharing her faith with them. Verda will be missed by many faithful friends and is now reunited with friends and loved ones that were waiting for her on the other side.

She is survived by many nieces and a nephew, as well as all of her great nieces and nephews that admired her so much.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Leo Dunning; sisters, Myrtle Waggle, Harriet Smith (Peters) and Clista Bunch; her husbands, first love Lloyd Phelps married 1944-1957, Marion Krug 1958-1998 and Proise Underwood 1999-2007.

At Verda’s request, there will be no service. Her final wishes are that all should seek and know the Lord in a personal relationship.

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Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in care of arrangements.


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