Lyle Kruse, 95, of Spring Valley

Lyle Kruse, 95, of Spring Valley, died Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, 2019, at Spring Valley Care Center. 

Lyle was born Aug. 16, 1924, in Riceville, Iowa, to Emil and Mabel (Kleckner) Kruse. He attended schools in Riceville and Cresco, where he graduated in 1942.

On Jan. 15, 1943, Lyle was inducted into the Army, where he served as a WWII tech 4 high speed radio operator with the 216th Armored Med. Battalion.  Lyle served in Europe for 21 months; the first six were in England. Thirty days after D-Day he crossed into France, he also was in Germany and a few other countries. In the Army he served as a radio operator and was fluent using Morse Code; he was able to use Morse Code up until recently. He received numerous decorations and battle stars for Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe.

After being discharged from the Army, Lyle farmed for a few years with his brother, Dale, in the Lime Springs/Cresco area. In 1955 Lyle moved to Charles City, Iowa, where he worked at Oliver Tractor plant/White Farm and retired after 27 years in 1982. In 2008, due to health reasons he moved to Preston and later to Spring Valley Care Center until his death.

Lyle was a member of the American Legion in Charles City, Iowa, he had an interest in cars, followed the Iowa Hawkeyes, the Green Bay Packers and the St. Louis Cardinals.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Dale (Lucille) and Paul (Betty).

Lyle is survived by many nieces and nephews, Gerald Kruse of Yuma, Ariz., Ronald Kruse of Lime Springs, Iowa, Shirley McCarville of LeRoy, Mary (Peter) Peterson of Preston, Maxine (Marc) Stockman of Lime Springs, Dale (Cathy) Kruse of Decorah, Iowa, Gary (Ann) Kruse of Hayfield, Sharon (Terry) Larson of Lime Springs, Lynn (Karen) Kruse of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Gail (Jim) Luden of St. Charles, Roxanne Stunes, Lori (Phillip) Williams, James Olson and Gorden Harrell, all of Mitchell S.D., Susan Kruse, Tustin, Mich., and Paul Kruse of Phoenix, Ariz.

Funeral services were Monday, Dec 2, at Lindstrom Funeral Home in Cresco followed by burial with Military Rites in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Cresco.