Louis ‘Louie’ Kruse, 91

Louis “Louie” Kruse, age 91, of Hutchinson, formerly of Winsted, passed away peacefully Friday, July 26, 2019 at Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson.

Funeral services will be Saturday, Aug. 3 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winsted, with Pastor Dave Hormann officiating. Interment will follow at Winsted Public Cemetery in Winsted. There will be visitation at the church Saturday morning from 9 to 11 a.m., prior to the service.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to www.chilsonfuneralhome.com.

Louis was born Oct. 16, 1927, in Willow Lake Township, Redwood County, MN, to the late George and Esther (Fennern) Kruse. He was baptized as an infant, and confirmed in his faith in 1941 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Willow Lake Township.

Louis worked throughout his youth on the family farm while receiving his education at the country school.

He was drafted into the United States Air Force near the end of World War II. Following his honorable discharge, he returned home and worked for two years as a farm hand for extended family, Irvan and Blanche Kruse.

He also worked for more than 12 years at the Wanda and Wabasso creameries. Upon their closures, Louis relocated to Minneapolis, where he worked for the YWCA in maintenance for a number of years. He was later hired as a custodian within the Richfield Public School District, where he retired after 23 years.

Louis was united in marriage to Janice Lynn Mattson June 18, 1966, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Willow Lake Township. This marriage was blessed with a daughter, Mary Jo. Louis and Janice lived in Richfield, until Louie’s retirement, and then relocated to Winsted, to be closer to their daughter and grandchildren.

Louis was a resident of Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson since 2015.

He was an active member of Berea Lutheran Church in Richfield, and St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winsted.

Louis enjoyed traveling, fishing, sports, playing cards, and spending quality time with his family. He always brought a smile and laughter to everyone he knew, and will always be remembered for his patience, kindness, and unconditional love.

Louis is survived by his daughter, Mary Jo (Kruse) Horstmann; grandchildren Kristin and Ryan Horstmann; brother Delbert Kruse; and many other friends and family.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Janice Kruse; parents, George and Esther Kruse; sister, Irma Bierman; and brothers, Alvin Kruse, Luvern Kruse, Herb Kruse, and a brother in infancy.

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