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Donald F. KRUSE

April 15, 1943 ~ June 8, 2021 (age 78)

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Donald F. Kruse, age 78 of Eagle, WI passed away Tuesday, June 8th, 2021 in the comfort of his home. Don was born April 15th, 1943 in Milwaukee, WI to Jean Box and Donald Kilbourn. He moved to Eagle, WI in 1948. He married his wife, Barbara Jean Bozych, July 15th, 1967 in Palmyra, WI.


Heaven gained the sweetest father, grandfather, great-grandfather, husband, brother and friend. 


Don was a very proud United States Army Veteran. He enlisted at the age of 19. He served during the Vietnam war while being stationed in Germany between the times of 1963-1966. He was a SP4. His job was as a mechanic and driver for all types of small trucks, carriers and gas tankers.  He enjoyed sightseeing throughout his time in Europe. After his time in the service he was a truck driver for 45 years until he retired. 


He enjoyed traveling, preferably to warmer climates in South Padre Island, Texas for the winter months with his wife and friends. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his sons and grandkids. He was a proud grandfather and great-grandfather. He loved nothing more than being a great-grandfather. They kept him busy. He enjoyed the simple things in life, sitting on the front porch watching the cars go by, sitting underneath the apple tree in the back yard watching the humming birds, mowing the lawn to perfection or cooking up a good steak on the grill.  He was well known in his community of Eagle as a kind and easy to talk to man. He was looked up to by many and will be missed so much. 


Survived by wife of 53 years, Barbara; his 3 children, David, Rachel, Todd; his 4 grandchildren, Ashley, Cody, Ian, Jacob; his 2 great-grandchildren Lillian and Josie; his 2 sisters Connie, Janet; and several nieces, nephews, other family and friends.


We love you so much dad & papa! You will always be close to our hearts.


this is a video clip from the Eagle Historical Society about the time Don spent in service:  


Private services for Don were held.


Memorial donations to be sent to VFW veterans of foreign wars @:



Thelen Funeral Services of North Prairie/Genesee is honored to be assisting the Kruse family.  262-392-4251








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