Cletus H. Kruse, 98, of West Point, Iowa, passed away at 4:25 p.m., Saturday, August 9,
2014 at the Fort Madison Community Hospital in Fort Madison, Iowa
Born June 11, 1916 in Salem, Iowa the son of Conrad and Elizabeth (Rotter) Kruse. On
September 28, 1944 he married Bernice Moeller in West Point, Iowa. She preceded him in
death on July 2, 2011.
Survivors include his two sons Dave (Nancy) Kruse of West Point, Iowa, Carl (Diane) Kruse
of Salem, Iowa, three daughters Joyce (Fred) Boeding of West Point, Iowa, Eileen (Ed)
Medland of West Point, Iowa, Mary Lynn Stogner of Katy, Texas, one daughter-in-law
Angie Kruse of Burlington, Iowa, fifteen grandchildren, twenty five great grandchildren,
three sisters Darlene Hellweg of Donnellson, Iowa, Florence Menke of St. Paul, Iowa,
Glorine Hellweg of Fairfield, Iowa and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Bernice, two sons Bob and Don, three
brothers Ernie Kruse, Richard Kruse and Adrian Kruse and three sisters Marie Meierotto,
Kathryn Meierotto and Bertha Fedler.
Cletus was a member of St. Mary’s of the Assumption Catholic Church in West Point, the
Houghton Knights of Columbus Council #3905, the Holtz-Geers American Legion Post
#668 and was a WWII Army Veteran. He was a retired farmer and enjoyed woodworking,
walking, traveling, gardening, his Holy Trinity Elementary family and being with his family
especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Friends may call after 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at the Schmitz-Lynk Funeral
Home in West Point, Iowa. Where the family will meet with friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00
p.m. that evening. There will be a Knights of Columbus Rosary at 3:00 p.m. and a
Christian Wake Service at 7:00 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at St.
Mary’s of the Assumption Catholic Church in West Point, Iowa with Father Dennis
Hoffman as Celebrant. Burial will be at the Calvary Cemetery in West Point, Iowa. Full
military rites presented by the Holtz Geer American Legion Post #668.
Memorials may be made in his memory to the Holy Trinity Elementary School.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.schmitzlynkfuneralhomes.com.