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Article Title: Hannibal Courier-Post
Article Date: December 15 2007
Article Description: Obit of Kruse, Robert E.
Web Posted Saturday, December 15, 2007
Robert E. Kruse
West Ely Oct. 15, 1943 - Dec. 13, 2007
PALMYRA - Robert E. Kruse, 64, of West Ely died at 8 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007, at his
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in
West Ely. The Rev. Kenneth Schamber will officiate. Interment will be at the Immanuel
Lutheran Church Cemetery in West Ely.
Visitation will be from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, Dec. 15, at the Lewis Brothers Funeral
Chapel in Palmyra.
Robert was born Oct. 15, 1943, in West Ely to Raymond E. H. and Dorothy Emma Rothfuss
Robert was married to Cynthia Hanlin on Aug. 30, 1964, in West Ely.
He was survived by his wife, Cynthia; one son, John (Darlene) Kruse of Columbia; one
daughter, Heidi (Denny) Darling of Marceline; one brother, Carl (Jean) Kruse of Hannibal;
one sister, Mary (Bryan) Hanlin of West Ely; his grandchildren, Luke, Morgan and Ella
Kruse of Columbia, and Heather and John Darling of Marceline.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Barbara Gottman.
Robert was a self-employed carpenter and worked with John Pflantz and Charles Webster. He
was an insurance agent for Farmers Mutual Insurance Company of Marion County since 1996.
His previous employment included working for Bryan Hanlin as a carpenter, L.W. Riney
Company as a batch mixer and Bleigh Ready Mix as a truck driver.
He was a graduate of Immanuel Lutheran School in West Ely, a 1961 graduate of Palmyra High
School and a 1962 graduate of Kansas City Trade School.
He was a lifelong member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in West Ely, where he was serving as
congregational president and formerly in the positions of elder, trustee and school board
member. He and Cynthia were church youth directors and Lamplighters with AAL. He was also
a 4-H leader for many years.
Memorial contributions may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church Building Fund.
Online condolences may be made at www.lewisbrothersfuneralchapel.com
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