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Glenn Kruse

October 24, 1922 — April 22, 2013

Glenn Kruse, age 90 of Belle Fourche, died Monday April 22, 2013 at his home at Palm’s Country View, surrounded by his loving family. The funeral service will be held 10:30 am Monday, April 29th, 2013 at Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche, with Chaplain Randy Bradley officiating. Visitation will be held 3 to 6 pm Sunday at Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche, and there will be a public prayer service at 6pm. Interment will take place in Pine Slope Cemetery, in Belle Fourche. Glenn Arthur Kruse was born on the family farm at George, IA, October 24, 1922, to Etta Jurrens Kruse and Jacob H. Kruse. Glenn had an older brother Harold and a younger sister Ina Faye. He grew up near George on the farm and married Wanda Nagel from Doon, IA, on June 19, 1944, in Sioux Falls, SD. Glenn and Wanda had a son, Jerome, in 1945, who died shortly after birth. Dianna was born in 1947, and son Jerry was adopted from Sioux City, IA, in 1952. Debra and Dorene were adopted from Korea in 1958 and 1959, respectively, and Jay was born in 1960. In addition to adopting three children, Glenn and Wanda were responsible for the immigration of two Korean girls, Leah Gerard and Kim Bohnsack, and a boy from Eastern India, Raju Dahlstrom. They also supported two children, Sung Yul Song in Korea and Estela Antonia Tzaput Nimijay in Guatemala. Additionally Glenn and Wanda had two foster children, Doug and Nancy. Glenn and Wanda farmed for 50 years north of George, IA, and raised their family there. They also milked cows and raised hogs. Glenn operated Kruse Mfg., which made farrowing crates and metal livestock gates. They owned Green Acres Kennel, which had 16 different dog breeds and 200 female dogs. Glenn was very active in the community and Central Baptist Church, serving as treasurer and usher for many years. He was president of the elevator board for 10 years. Glenn and Wanda moved to the Spearfish, SD, area the in the early 1990’s. They then moved to Yankton, SD, for several years before moving back to the Hills to be near family. Survivors include Dianna Palm of Belle Fourche, and her daughters, Wendy (Keith) Neuharth, and April; Jerry Kruse of Denver, CO; Debra Kruse of Tucson, AZ; Dorene (Steve) Schimelfenig of Indianola, IA, and their children, Jaime (Greg) Applebee, Cole, and Taylor; and Jay (Laurie) Kruse of Whitewood and their family, Michael, Jacob, Tina (Neil) Carpenter, Katy, Tanna, and Elizabeth.; 7 great grandchildren; sister, Ina Faye Underwood of Spencer Iowa; and 5 foster children, Doug, Nancy, Kim, Leah, and Raju. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; son, Jerome; son-in-law, Gordon Palm; and brother, Harold Kruse.
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