Funeral services for Kenneth Cruze, Sr. of Sauk Rapids, formerly of Morris will be held Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010 at 10:30 AM at Assumption Catholic Church in Morris. Father Tim Baltes will be officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Morris.
Kenn was born on December 27, 1919, to Ruth (Draper) and George Cruze in Morris, Minnesota. He graduated from Morris High School in 1938 and Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis in 1940. He was employed with the US Navy building US destroyers until July of 1942, and then transferred to Pearl Harbor until 1945. He was awarded an Honorable Certificate of Service from the US Government for service during WW II.
He and his brother Verne started Cruze Electric and Sporting Goods Store in Morris in 1946. Kenn bought Verne's share of the business in 1958. He sold the business in 1972 and worked in auto parts for Oman Supply and Bernie's Motors until he retired in 1986.
He was married to Jeanne Lauer on November 5, 1946, by Father John A. Fearon. Three children were born of this marriage; Rebecca (Becky) Duffy, Patricia Cruze, and Kenneth Jr. He was a member of the Assumption Catholic Church, President of the Jr. Chamber of Commerce in 1949, and a lifetime member of the 9F Sportsman Club. Kenn enjoyed hunting and fishing but most of all, spending time with his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Vern and Carl, two sisters Josephine and Clytheria, and one granddaughter Kaitlyn Rose.
Kenn died on Friday, January 15, 2010 at St. Benedict Center in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota, having lived to reach the age of 90 years.
Kenn is survived by his wife Jeanne, Becky (and husband Don) Duffy of St. Cloud, FL, Patty Cruze of Napa, CA, Ken Jr. (and wife Londa) of Sartell, MN; grandchildren Paul (and wife Cathy) Hesse, Beth (and husband Joshua) Siegel, Laural, Jeremy, Michelle Schweiger, Hannah, Elle, Lauren and Ken III Cruze; and great-grandchildren Ken and Matthew Hesse, Amber and Aeryn Siegel; a brother Harold (and wife Lyla) Cruze of Houston, MN., a sister-in-law Leona Cruze of Paynesville, and many nieces and nephews.
Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris is in charge of the arrangements.
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