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Vernon Kruse

May 2, 1919 — September 29, 2017




May 2, 1919

Near Calumet, Iowa


September 29, 2017

Sanborn, Iowa


11:00 A.M. Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Bethel Lutheran Church; Sutherland, Iowa

Rev. Leroy Riemer Officiating


With the family will be one hour prior to the service

Tuesday at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Sutherland, Iowa


How Great Thou Art

Amazing Grace

On Eagles Wings

Organist: Jan Ebel


Jason Meyer Rob Anderson

Doug Jorgensen Tony Onesti

Kent Jurgensen Neil Jurgensen


Liberty Township Cemetery

Calumet, Iowa

Military flag presentation by

Sutherland Post of the American Legion

After the graveside service relatives and friends are invited

to join the family in the fellowship hall of the church.

Arrangements under the care of the

Eldridge Family Funeral Home Paullina, Iowa


Vernon Kruse, the son of Henry and Frieda Kruse, was born May 2, 1919 at a farm home near Calumet, Iowa. He was raised on the family farm and attended country school between Calumet and Sutherland. He graduated from Calumet High School in 1936 and later attended Buena Vista College in Storm Lake for a year and a half. He enlisted during World War II serving in the Air Force for three years. He was stationed in Texas, Mississippi and California working as a co-pilot on B-24s. He was discharged with a rank of 2nd Lieutenant in November of 1945. On February 17, 1943, he was united in marriage to Evelyn Steinbeck in Hartley, Iowa. After his return from the service, the couple farmed for forty years until his retirement in 1986. The couple continued to live on the family farm. Evelyn preceded him in death on August 8, 2014. Vernon remained on the farm until moving to the Prairie View Retirement home in Sanborn October of 2015. Vernon passed away at Prairie View on Friday, September 29, 2017 reaching the age of 98 years, 4 months and 27 days.

He was baptized on June 4, 1922 and later confirmed on April 14, 1946. Vernon was a long-time member of Bethel Lutheran Church where he served as Elder and President of Concordia League. He was also a member of the Sutherland American Legion. He enjoyed spending time with his family, traveling, fishing, bowling and golf.

Vernon is survived by a son, Ron (JoAnn) Kruse of Omaha, Nebraska and a daughter, JoAnn (Vaughn) Meyer of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; five grandchildren, Dena, Jason, Sara, Jill and Meredith; seven great grandchildren Anna, Avery, Sophia, Joslyn, Leo, Rocco and Henry; a brother-in-law, Leonard Wallin of Paullina and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by wife, Evelyn, his parents, brother, Lester and sister, Evelyn Wallin.

Final Harvest

He was bound to the land from the day of his birth

His roots anchored deep in the fertile earth

Nurtured, sustained, by the soil he grew

And his life, like his furrows, ran straight and true.

In faith, each spring, he planted the seeds

In hope, to reap his familys needs

With patience, he waited for the harvest to come

To gather the fruits of his labor home.

Ever turning seasons, the years sped past

Till the final harvest came at last

Then claimed anew by beloved sod

He was gathered home to be with God.

-Barbara W. Weber
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