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Kruse, Daniel Francis 1948-2009


Posted By: Mary Durr (email)
Date: 2/17/2009 at 18:28:30

Daniel Francis Kruse

Daniel F. Kruse, 60, of Harpers Ferry died Friday, January 2, 2009 at Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital in Prairie du Chien, WI, following a lengthy battle with cancer. Funeral services were held Monday, January 5 at Living Faith United Methodist Parish in Monona, with Rev. Dennis Gilbert officiating. Burial was at Sixteen Cemetery, rural Monona.

Daniel Francis Kruse was born October 6, 1948 in Postville. His parents were Rueben and Frances (Frye) Kruse. Daniel grew up on his parents' Monona area farm. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Monona and graduated from MFL High School in 1966.

October 28, 1967 he married Mary Kelly at St. Pius at Cherry Mound Catholic Church in rural Harpers Ferry. From when he was still in high school and continuing for 27 years, Dan worked for William and Martina Schlein on their farm. He went farming on his own in the late 1980s and moved to his current rural Harpers Ferry farm in 1991. Farming, especially raising his beef cattle, was Dan's passion.

Dan was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating and camping. He loved to spend time at the river cabin in Waukon Junction where he did lots of cooking and grilling. Dan also enjoyed playing cards and spending time with his friends and family, especially his nieces and nephews.

Survivors include his wife Mary of Harpers Ferry; a daughter, Gwyne Kruse and her special friend Mike Jones of Harpers Ferry; six siblings, Sheron (Robert) Trappe and Nile (Joyce) Kruse, both of Monona, Steve (Sheryl) Kruse of Hiawatha, Debbie (Don) Ferguson of Marion, NC, Randy Kruse of McGregor, and Sue (Dan) Bland of La Porte City; two sisters-in-law, Mary Kruse of Texas and Sondra Kruse of St. Olaf; as well as many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by parents and a brother, Gary Kruse.

Honorary casketbearers were Jim Moose, Tim, Jake, and Zack Sostak, Jessica and Jon Kruse, Ashley, Danny, Rochelle, Kaley, and Christa Heffern, Paul Melsha, and Larry Johnson. Casketbearers were Jeff Kruse, Bill Moody, Jack Heffern, Don McCormick, Roy Shurtleff, Marv and Josh Roe, and Dave Meyer.

The Waukon Standard, January 7, 2009


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