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Roger Henry Kruse

August 11, 1932 - August 9, 2019
From: Peterson, IA
Roger Henry Kruse

Roger Henry Kruse

Born: August 11, 1932
Died: August 9, 2019
Age: 86

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     Roger Henry Kruse, the son of Alvin and Clara (Berg) Kruse was born August 11, 1932, in rural Peterson, Iowa. His childhood years were spent in the Royal area where he attended school and graduated from Royal High School in 1951.  He attended Dana College in Blair, NE for two years.  In 1953, he entered the military and served with the U.S. Army from July 1953 until his Honorable Discharge in June of 1955.

     Roger married Betty Petersen on November 29, 1953, at the Lutheran Church in Underwood, Iowa.  Roger was born, raised and lived his entire life at the home farm near Royal except for his years in college and the military.  The home place that he farmed his whole adult life has been in the family for 157 years.  Roger was an active member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Royal, Iowa, where he was a Sunday school teacher and served on the church council.  He served on the Clay County Food for Life board and was an active member of the Royal community serving on the Willow Creek Cemetery Board, Royal Telephone Board for 18 years, Clay Township Clerk since 1987, was an active member of the American Legion, treasurer for the Royal/Clay/Lincoln Fire Dept., and member of Northwest Iowa Classic Tractors and Gideons International.

     Roger passed away at the Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on Friday, August 9, 2019, at the age of 86.  Roger was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Joyce Ann Sabel and his sister, Janice Mussack.

     Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Betty of Peterson, IA; one son, Keith and Joyce Kruse of Everly, IA; one daughter, Brenda and Steve Golay of Perry, IA; son-in-law, Tom Sabel of DesMoines, IA; three grandchildren: Javan and Danielle Kruse and their children, Ali, Nate and Ryan of Hartley, IA; Alecia and Casey Tolzin and son, Luke of Alta, IA; Eric and Carol Golay of Tucson, AZ.; step-grandson, Brian and Jaime Sabel of Memphis, TN; step-granddaughter, Jennifer Burkett and her son, Jon of Dallas Center, IA;  sister, MaryAnn (John) Munson of Elkton, MN; brother-in-law, Art Mussack of Decatur, NE.; other relatives and many friends.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Roger's name.
Funeral services will take place 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, August 13, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Royal, Iowa.
Pastor Mark Wilms
Javan and  Danielle Kruse
Casey and Alecia Tolzin
Eric and Carol Golay
Larry Mussack
Visitation will take place Monday, August 12, at the Warner Funeral Home in Spencer, Iowa,, starting at 5:00 P.M., with family present 5-7:00 P.M.
"Our Father Has Light In His Window"
"Old Rugged Cross"
"Jesus Loves Me"
"Lift High The Cross"

Organist:  Lynn Wilms
Soloist:  Mark Joenks
Willow Creek Cemetery
Rural Royal, Iowa


Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 12:21 PM
“Keith & Families Sorry to hear about Roger. Nice guy to talk to. May God be with you ”
- Steve & Barb Meyer
Monday, August 12, 2019 at 3:40 PM
“Betty and family, my sympathies are with you.”
- Judy Langholz
Monday, August 12, 2019 at 3:40 PM
“Dear Betty and family: Condolances and Remembrance of a very special Cousin. My Dad, his Uncle Walt Berg, always loved his sister Claras son so much.
He enjoyed visiting with him as did Mike and I. He was a blessed man to have such a lovely family and lived his life for them and the Lord. cyber hugs to you all as you celebrate the life of a truly good man and awesome Cousin-Roxanne Berg Grona”
- Roxanne Grona
Monday, August 12, 2019 at 3:40 PM
“Betty and family,

Jim and I send your condolences to all of you. We are saddened to learn of Roger's death. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jim & Marge Iversen”
- Jim & Marge Iversen
Monday, August 12, 2019 at 3:40 PM
“Dear Keith and the entire Kruse family. I was saddened to hear of your father's passing. Since we talked about our parents health concerns at the class reunion, I was hoping your dad was pulling through. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God hold you up during this difficult time.”
- Ruben & Donnis (Eninger) Stugart
Monday, August 12, 2019 at 9:13 AM
“I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Roger was such a kind man and will be missed by many. God Bless you all!”
- Barb Woodall
Monday, August 12, 2019 at 9:13 AM
“Aunt Betty, Keith, Brenda and families, We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Uncle Roger. He truly was one of the good guys! Our thoughts and prayers to you all! Love Jamie, Barbara and Logan ”
- Barbara Rodberg
Monday, August 12, 2019 at 9:12 AM
“A neighboring farmer 60 years ago. Always a smile and friendly. Glad to were able to have breakfast together 2 months ago at the Royal Cafe and rehash a few of the old times. My sympathy to his entire family,”
- Alan Bailey
Monday, August 12, 2019 at 9:12 AM
“Keith and Brenda,
I am so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. I pray that God will send PEACE your way and strength to make the days ahead easier.
Praying for all of you.”
- Audrey Schmidt (teacher)
Monday, August 12, 2019 at 9:12 AM
“Dear Betty, Keith, and Brenda, so saddened to hear of Roger's passing. We had a nice visit at the family reunion in Slayton earlier this summer, we will miss him dearly. Our heartfelt prayers go to you and your families.”
- Dale & Rhonda Streufert
Monday, August 12, 2019 at 9:12 AM
“Betty and Family, May God's comfort and peace keep you, along with precious memories. Roger was such a nice man.”
- Steve and Debbie Zitterich
Sunday, August 11, 2019 at 1:24 PM
“Sending my deepest sympathies and prayers Roger will be missed #godspeed #godbless”
- Sue Higgins
Sunday, August 11, 2019 at 1:24 PM
“We are so sorry to hear about Roger. Prayers are going out to the whole family and friends.
From Gayle, Laura, Emily and Trey Stoneking
- Laura Stoneking
Sunday, August 11, 2019 at 1:24 PM
“Betty and Family. It was such a shock when we got Keith's message last night.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you today. We will be with you Monday and Tuesday.”
- Bruce & Donna Berg
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