TRAVERSE CITY — Edward Kruse, 88, a lifelong resident of Traverse City, passed away on Saturday, March 2, 2013, at Munson Medical Center. Ed was born on July 26, 1924, in Traverse City, at his family home. He was the son of the late Peter and Mary (Novak) Kruse.
On July 3, 1948, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Traverse City, he married Dolores (Yanski) Kruse, who survives. On July 3 of this year, Ed and Dee would have celebrated 65 years of marriage.
He graduated from Traverse City Central High School in 1942.
After graduation he joined the U.S. Navy and proudly served his country from 1943 to 1946 during World War II; he was stationed in the Caribbean and San Francisco.
After returning from the Navy Ed was employed by Parts Manufacturing, Parsons and Red Mill Lumber Company, from which he retired after 39 years of service.
As a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, he not only served as an altar boy but as an usher for 40 years, and was a member of numerous church building committees with the Rev. Msgr. Russell Passeno.
Ed was known for his story telling with facts, faces and history of years past, many times retelling the same story over and over again at family gatherings. The kids would say “Didn’t we hear this story before,” with a laugh. Along with story telling, Ed enjoyed fishing on Drummond Island and Canada, his bowling league, golf outings and mushroom hunting. He loved backyard barbecues with his family on weekends.
In recent years mowing his yard on his riding mower, which he named “Big Red,” gave him much pleasure. But most of all, his wife and kids meant everything to him. He was proud of each and everyone of them.
Ed is survived by his wife, Dolores; four children, AnnMarie (Dr. Thomas) Plamondon, James (Cindy) Kruse, Nancy Kruse and Shari Kruse; three grandchildren, Alisha (D.J.) Gauthier, Adam Kruse and Lane Plamondon; and one great-grandchild, Madisyn Gauthier. His sisters, Rosie Derrick, of Charlotte, N. C., and Jeannie Solomonson, of Traverse City and Florida, also survive. Ed is also survived by many other loving family and friends.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Mary.
The family would like to thank his physicians and medical staff at Munson Medical Center for all of the care and kindness given to Ed and his family during his past and recent stays.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial Mass celebrating Ed’s life will be held this spring in Traverse City at Immaculate Conception Church. An announcement with details will be published in the future.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider Immaculate Conception Church, 720 Second St., Traverse City, MI 49684; or the American Cancer Society, 129 S. Jefferson SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.
Kindly share your memories with the family on their online guestbook at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
Arrangement are by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.