The family of William Ross Kruse sadly announce his passing into eternal life on August 16, 2013. Ross was a good, kind and cheerful man who loved nothing more than to be with his beloved wide, Dorothea, in the presence of family and friends.
Born August 24, 1917, Ross grew up in East Baltimore, teasing and playing with Dorothea, who was the daughter of his parents' friends. He graduated from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and joined the U.S. Navy, serving his country for 9 years before and during World War II. He received a Purple Heart for injuries sustained while rescuing a fellow shipmate during a torpedo attack.
On June 27, 1942, Ross and Dot were married in Baltimore while he was on shore leave. The only time they were separated in their 71 years of marriage was during their first 3 years. In 1945, Ross was Honorably Discharged from the navy, and returned at last to his sweetheart.
Ross was hired with the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company, working as an electrical engineer. While working full time, Ross persevered through night school for 16 years, finally being awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 1961. He continued to work for BG&E faithfully until he retired in 1981. Though retired, Ross then worked part time at Newman Book Store in Baltimore, doing bookkeeping and managing inventory.
In 1992, Ross finally retired full time, but never stopped being active. He Served as president of the church council for St. Mark's Lutheran Church, sang in the church choir with Dorothea, served as president of the BG&E "Hard Hatters" retirees' association, and led tours at Peachbottom Power Plant, drawing upon the vast knowledge he acquired while working at BG&E.
In his spare time, Ross enjoyed duckpin bowling, golfing, and playing pinochle and bridge. He loved a good Manhattan too!
Ross is survived by his darling wife, Dot; two children David and Kathy; grandchildren, Sarah and Matthew, and David's wife Terri. His dry wit and easygoing attitude will be missed by many friends.
A memorial service for Ross will be held at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1900 St. Paul St., in Baltimore, 21218 at 2:00PM, on September 14th. A second service will also be held on September 15th at 2:30PM in Krug Chapel, Carroll Lutheran Village, 300 St. Luke Circle, in Westminister, 21158.
Ross was a kind and gentle man, who believed in the importance of his family and who loved his counrtry. His Twinkling eyes, positive approach to life, and warm hugs will be missed more than words can say.