Gerald (Jerry) Anthony Kruse, 80, from Colorado Springs, CO passed away peacefully at home the evening of July 14, 2021. He was born on March 28, 1941 in Shenandoah, IA. Jerry was married for 57 years to his wife, Virginia (Ginna) Hartley Kruse and is also survived by 3 daughters: Karen Kruse (husband Adam Jack, daughter Eleyna Jack) from Coal Creek Canyon, CO; Kristin Kruse (husband Tom Meehan, daughters Jennifer and Samantha Meehan) from Pueblo, CO; and Kammie Kruse from Albuquerque, NM. He is also survived by his brother, Stan Kruse (Aurora, CO). He was preceded in death by his brother Dennis and his parents, Anthony and Ruby Kruse. He graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business. After graduating Jerry worked for Standard Oil of California and Coors Brewery, and was a Manager of Project Engineering for Colorado Interstate Gas Company, retiring after over 25 years. While raising his family Jerry took them camping all over the United States and Canada, and loved family and friend time at the cabin in Lake George, CO, particularly the laughs and memories around the fire pit while enjoying a beer. In retirement, Jerry and Ginna took their RV on trips from Alaska to Mexico including many wonderful outings with the Rampart Rangers RV group. They eventually explored the snowbird life, spending their winter months in Fort Myers Beach, FL where Jerry played tennis, spent time at the beach and hung out with wonderful friends by the lake. While in Colorado he also enjoyed tennis at the Colorado Springs Racquet Club, played guitar and sang with a local group, and was a member of the Holy Apostles Church. A private Service for family will be arranged at a future date. To remember Jerry, the family asks you to consider sending a prayer, making a toast or hugging the ones you love.
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