Joe and Barb Krier Foundation

Joe and Barb Krier lived lives full of generosity, compassion, and kindness. They were known to welcome others with open arms and create a safe place for their family and friends. Joe and Barb both graduated from Bishop Chatard High School in Indianapolis, where they became high school sweethearts and developed friendships that would continue on for the next 30+ years.

Tragically, Joe and Barb were killed in a plane crash on New Years Day, 2006. After the accident, the Joe and Barb Krier Memorial Grant was established by their three children, Theresa, Drew, and Matt, along with some of their closest family friends, to honor Joe and Barb’s spirits and zest for life. During their lives together, Joe and Barb brought joy to those around them by serving their community in several facets. Barb regularly delivered communion to nursing home residents and others unable to attend services at St. Pius Catholic Church. Joe was a weekly cook at the Cathedral Soup Kitchen and a member of Angel Flight, a national organization of pilots who use their private planes to transport sick children for medical treatment. Together, they were pre-nuptial counselors at their church and volunteered regularly for events at the Knights of Columbus St. Pius Council 3433.

This grant awards $2,000 per year for four years to one or two incoming Bishop Chatard freshmen coming from a North Deanery parish. The awardees recognize the qualities of friendship, community service, citizenship, parish involvement, and work ethic, the qualities everyone loved about Joe and Barb. Since 2006, the grant has awarded 17 full scholarships to eighth grade students from eight different North Deanery schools. Currently, there are eight scholarship recipients attending Bishop Chatard.

CFBC is proud to honor Joe and Barb’s legacy and administer funds that will be used to support Bishop Chatard students for generations to come.

You can give online below. Thanks to Lilly Endowment Inc., your gift will be matched $0.50/$1.00.

On behalf of the Krier family and the students this will impact, thank you.


Click here to give to the Joe and Barb Krier Foundation Fund.