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John Emil Kruse, 95, of New Ulm

John Kruse
John Emil Kruse, 95, of New Ulm, died peacefully with his family at his side on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, at the Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Aug. 19, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in New Ulm with the Rev. Grant Bode officiating. Full military honors were provided by the New Ulm Area Comrades of Valor Honor Guard following the service. Burial was Thursday, Aug. 20, at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.
John Emil Kruse was born Aug.. 22, 1919, in New Avon Township, Redwood County, to Edward and Metha (Koch) Kruse. He was confirmed in faith in 1933 at the Willow Lake Lutheran Church. He served in th U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946. He attended the rank of staff sergeant while serving during the time of World War II in the South Pacific.
Mr. Kruse was united in marriage to Myrtle Moore on Dec. 2, 1946. The couple lived in Willow Lake and Glencoe for many years before making New Ulm their home.
Mr. Kruse was a past member of the Willow Lake Lutheran Church, where he was active as an usher and trustee, and most recently a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in New Ulm.
He is survived by his wife, Myrtle Kruse of New Ulm; daughters, Gloria (Steve) Embree of New Ulm and Elthia Ohland of Plymouth; grandchildren, Kimberly (David) Schmitzer of White Bear Lake, Nicole Wenisch of Stillwater, Jessica (Nathan) Burhans of Chandler, Arizona, Danielle (Darin) Holmes of Brooklyn Park and April Embree of Faribault; great-grandchildren, Alana and Luke Schmitzer, Connor, Hunter and Allison Burhans, Dylan Holmes, Austen and Colsten Almendinger and Zaylee Quay; and sisters, Elsie Kruse and Leona Raddatz, both of Redwood Falls.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Emma Timm and baby Helen Kruse; and brothers, Edwin and Walter Kruse.
Arrangements were with the Minnesota Valley Lutheran Home in New Ulm. An online guest book is available at www.mvfh.org.