Ervin R. Kruse, 75

MT. OLIVE (Nov. 29, 2017) – Ervin Richard “Erv” Kruse, 75, of Mt. Olive passed away at 5:58 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, at St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield.

He was born Sept. 15 ,1942, in Sorento, a son of Bernhardt “Ben” and Bessie (Keeling) Long Kruse. He married Violet Jean Marburger on April 14, 1972, at Zion Lutheran Church in Mt. Olive; she survives.

Mr. Kruse attended grade school in New Douglas and Mt. Olive before graduating from Mt. Olive High School in 1962. He served as an SP-4 in the U.S. Army from Feb. 3, 1964, to Feb. 3, 1966; he was deployed for one year in the demilitarized zone in South Korea. He was a retired farmer who formerly worked at Phillip Hano in Mt. Olive and for the Edwardsville Intelligencer newspaper. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Mt. Olive and was baptized in Shoal Creek by the First Baptist Church in New Douglas. He was a charter member of the Midstate Motorcycle Club in White City; loved riding his motorcycle and recently his Honda trike; was an avid hunter and enjoyed fishing, especially when joined by his granddaughter, Payton; never missed early morning coffee with his buddies at Crossroads; played and watched football; and loved traveling with his wife.

In addition to his wife, surviving are a daughter, Shelly (Danny) Broughton of Gillespie; a step-daughter, Lisa (Tab) Bumgardner of Sherman; a granddaughter, Payton Broughton of Gillespie; two step-granddaughters, Sarah (Ryan) Lewis of Springfield and Jennifer (Oscar) O’Lvera of Sherman; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Lance England; three sisters, Pearl Walch, Nancy Stockamp and Nellie Stiehl; three brothers, Emil Kruse, George Kruse and Christy Kruse; a half-sister, Virginia Dubree; and a half-brother, Halbert Long.

Friends may call from 5-8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 29, at Becker and Son Funeral Home in Mt. Olive. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 30, at Zion Lutheran Church in Mt. Olive, with Rev. Ben Fiore officiating. Burial will be in Elm Lawn Cemetery, Litchfield, with graveside military rites conducted by the Mt. Olive Area Veterans. The Zion Ladies will serve lunch for family and friends at the Zion Fellowship Hall following the burial.

Memorials may be made to Mt. Olive football, Mt. Olive Academic Foundation or the Zion Church nativity scene.

Condolences may be left for the family at beckerandson.com.