KRUSE, John A. 1845-1927
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Date: 4/15/2015 at 19:00:53
Another Old Settler Passes
John Aike Kruse was born in Germany July 17th, 1845. After completing his education, he with his parents came to this country in 1865 and first settled in Forreston, Ill. In 1869 he was joined in marriage with Miss Gretje Buskohl. This union was blessed with 12 children, four of whom preceded him in death.
In 1883 he brought his family to Iowa and settled on a farm in Colfax township, where they remained until 1910 when they retired from active farm work and settled in Grundy Center. About 10 years ago he suffered a slight stroke from which he never fully recovered, however bearing his cross with wonderful patience. Nine months ago he was bereaved through the death of his wife.
Mr. Kruse was a member of the Presbyterian church in Colfax township, and held the office of eldership continuously for a period of 42 years and although not an active member of the session of late years, he was retained as an honorary member. He was a staunch defender of the positive faith and he lived it in walk and conversation.
On Saturday, Oct. 22, he passed out of this life to enter the eternal. The funeral took place Tuesday of this week, Rev. J. E. Drake officiating, assisted by Rev. H. F. Sinning. The later spoke in the home from II Tim. 4:6, and the former preached in the church, taking for his text ps. 16,6, "The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage."
The interment took place on the family lot.
There remain to mourn his departure his four sons. Harm, Aike, John, Conrad; and four daughters, Jennie, Mrs. J. C. Abels, Mrs. Dick Harberts, Mrs. Geo. Graves, all of whom are living in Grundy county.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 27 October 1927, pg 7
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