David Lee Kruse was born on October 8, 1952 at the family home in Big Creek, Missouri, to David and Maxine (Surby) Kruse. Surrounded by loved ones he went to be with the Lord on February 20, 2013, at the age of 60 years, four months, and 12 days, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Dave accepted Christ as his personal Savior at a young age and was baptized at Big Creek. He graduated from Houston High School in 1970, and in 1985 he received his master’s degree in agriculture education from the University of Missouri.
In 1974 Dave was united in marriage to Carmen Truitt, and to this union two children were born. In 1995 Dave married Shelly Combs and became a father again.
Dave worked various jobs throughout his life including teaching agriculture at Cabool and Willow Springs schools, 18 years with the City of St. Louis Health Department as a Grade A dairy barn inspector, he was a real estate agent, and owner of D&D Diesel Repair Shop. After retiring in 1998 he worked on the family dairy farm outside of Willow Springs, Missouri.
Dave became a chaplain for Texas County Memorial Hospital, which allowed him to share his love for God with many people. Helping family, friends, and even strangers was what he did on a daily basis. Sharing Jesus with everyone he talked to and spending time with his family and friends were his greatest joys in life.
Dave now joins in Heaven his parents, David and Maxine Kruse; his father-in-law, Herman Aldridge; his grandparents, Clyde and Opal Hale; his uncle, Delmar Surby; his aunts, Edith Bowen and Gail Brown; and his best friend, Ted Wagner.
Those waiting to join him in Heaven are his loving wife, Shelly of the home; daughter Sheila Davis and granddaughter Brittany; son Adam Kruse and wife Aubree and children Avery, Arden and Anderson, all of Springfield, Missouri; daughter Andrea Kruse and granddaughter Lyndee of Cabool, Missouri; adopted son Mackenzie Wagner and wife Sara and children,William and Kyndall of Mtn. View, Missouri; brother Gary Kruse of Elk Creek, Missouri; sister Elaine Burns and husband John of Rogersville, Missouri; brother-in-law Bill Combs of Bonne Terre, Missouri; mother-in-law Carol Aldridge of Cabool; aunt Ruby Surby of Kansas City, Missouri; his Set Free Ministries church family and Pray-Go Bible study group and a host of other relatives and friends.
Services were at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 23, 2013, at the funeral chapel with Rex Self officiating. Pallbearers were Adam Kruse, Bill Combs, Mackenzie Wagner, John McLean, Ray Kelly and Mark Rhodes. Honorary pallbearers were Jake Tinsley, Charles Burks and Roy Kelly. Interment was in Cabool Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool. Online condolences may be made at www.egcfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested memorial contributions be given to the Gideons or to Set Free Ministries of Cabool.