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John “Jack” Kruse

Feb 1, 2008

ESTHERVILLE — Mass of Christian Burial for John “Jack” Kruse, 80, of Estherville will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 4, 2008, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Estherville with Father Brian Hughes as Celebrant. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Sunday at Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville with Vigil Service at 7:30 p.m. Interment will be at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in Estherville with military graveside rites by VFW Post 3388 and American Legion Post 91 of Estherville.

He died Wednesday, Jan., 30, 2008, at his home in Estherville..

John “Jack” G. Kruse, the son of John P. and LaRaine (Toohey) Kruse, was born Sept. 23, 1927, near Peterson.

He received his education in Arnolds Park and graduated from high school in 1946. Following high school, he served in the United States Army as a train guard in Korea until 1948.

On April 18, 1953, he was united in marriage to Donna Rehborg at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Milford. Following their marriage the couple made their home in Arnolds Park. In 1956, the couple moved to Estherville and Jack worked for NW Bell Telephone Company until his retirement in 1983. For hobbies, he enjoyed golfing, fishing, and most important was spending time with family and friends.

He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, lifetime member of the V.F.W., and served on the Estherville Fire Department.

Left to cherish Jack's memory is his wife, Donna, of Estherville. Also surviving are his children, Janine Tate and her husband, Alex, and their children, A.J. and Zachary of Overland Park, Kan.; Kathy Parker and her children, Adjoni and Justin, of San Jose, Calif.; Mike Kruse of Estherville; Connie Tryon and her husband, Dan, and their children, Aaron of Kansas City and Katie of Spirit Lake; Mark Kruse and his wife, Cathy, and their children, Carson and Carly, of Williston, N.D.; and Karla McCarty and her husband, Mike, of Estherville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, LaVonne Scarcello and Shirley Enderson; and one granddaughter, Abra Parker.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Avera Holy Family Hospice, 826 N. 8th St., Estherville, IA 51334.

On-line condolences may be sent to: www.henryolsonfuneral.com