Irvin Kruse

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Irvin LaVern Kruse, 77, of rural St. Olaf, died Saturday, October 31, 2015, at the Guttenberg Hospital. He was born in Elkport, on the home farm, on May 12, 1938, to William and Mildred (Hammond) Kruse. He was baptized at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Elkport on August 21, 1938, and later, was confirmed there. 

He attended country school; then went to Garnavillo, graduating with the class of 1958.  Irvin served in the United States Army from 1961 to 1963, when he was honorably discharged. On October 14, 1964, he was united in marriage to Carol Wilke at Zion Lutheran Church, Clayton Center. Four children were born to this union.

Over the years, Irvin worked at several places, Hilton Homes, Trademark, Garnavillo Mill and Monona Wire. He enjoyed hobby farming, gardening, fencing, and tractors, and especially enjoyed spending time with family and grand kids.

Survivors include his wife Carol, of Clayton Center; children, Laura (Kevin) Morarend of Guttenberg, Nancy (Greg) McEowen of Dubuque and Troy Kruse of Clayton Center; grandchildren, Tim (Ashley Morarend), Hilliary Morarend, Dustin McEowen, Hailey McEowen; siblings, Dorothy Hansel of Garber, Maxine (Clair) Kruger of Littleport, Kay Bolsinger of Greeley, Bill (Janet) Kruse of Guttenberg, numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

Irvin was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Melissa; mother and father-in-law, two brothers-in-law Loen Hansel and Jim Bolsinger.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 4, 2015, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Garnavillo. Interment with military honors was Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Clayton Center. Visitation was from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, November 3, 2015, at Leonard Funeral Home in Elkader and after 9:30 am on Wednesday at the church in Garnavillo.

Leonard Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Elkader was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left with www.leonardfuneralhomes.com

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