William Kruse, Jr., 84, of Morenci, Mich., died Dec. 6, 2019, at Fulton Manor Nursing Home in Wauseon, Ohio.
He was born Nov. 19, 1935, in Seneca Township, Mich., to William O. and Mamie A. (Powelke) Kruse. On Jan. 25, 1959, he married Barbara Jane Roth in Seneca Township and she survives.
He served in the United States Army from May 1956 until April 1958. William then worked for Keller Supply and Service in Morenci as a John Deere mechanic for 33 years, retiring in 1993. In his younger years, he loved to play poker. Riding motorcycles and tinkering in his garage were among his other hobbies.
In addition to his wife, William is survived by sons Jack (and Peggy) Kruse of Wauseon and Dale (and Dawne) Kruse of Richlands, N.C.; and two granddaughters, Taylor and Kailey.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Louise Kruse, Bessie Yenor, Emma Johnston, Ellen Wilson and Marie Plummer; and brothers John Kruse and Carl “Shady” Kruse.
Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, at Eagle Funeral Home in Morenci, with Rev. William VanValkenberg, officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Morenci American Legion or Hospice of Northwest Ohio.