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Paul Walters KRUSE Jr.

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Paul Walters KRUSE Jr. Obituary
Age 84, of Edina, MN Died peacefully Oct. 22 At the St. Therese Southwest Memory Care facility in Hopkins, MN with Margaret Fitzpatrick Kruse, his wife of 58 years, at his side. Preceded in death by his father, Paul W. Kruse, and mother, Marie R. Kruse. Paul was born on Nov. 24th, 1927 in Hibbing, MN and grew up in Virginia, MN where his father was a mining superintendant for the Jones and Laughlin Steel Corp. Paul was drafted into the Army in 1945, serving at a Field Hospital unit in Taejun, Korea. He then attended the University of Notre Dame where he earned his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in Physics. Paul went on to an exceptionally productive career with the Honeywell Corp., becoming a published author and one of the world's foremost experts in optics and in semiconductor and infrared technology as well as a recipient of the inaugural H.W. Swett Award. Paul also served his country on the Army Scientific Advisory Panel and the President's Science Advisory Committee under President Nixon. He was a co-founder of Infrared Solutions, Inc. For all his accomplishments, though, Paul will be most fondly remembered for his faith, his humanity, and his devotion to his wife and family. He was the father to Paul II (Dianne), Bob (Cathy), John (Susie), Mary (Jon), Margaret, Charlie (Mary Jane), Tom (Kathy), Cate (Paul), and Bill (Tina). Paul also was a loving and devoted grandfather to 19 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. After his retirement from Honeywell in 1993, Paul loved spending many happy hours with his grandchildren at his home in Edina with Marge. He enjoyed golf and was an avid reader, particularly passionate about aviation, science, and technology. Paul was exceedingly devoted to his Catholic faith as well as to Catholic education, serving on the School Board of St. Richard's Church in Richfield, the Board of Directors at Benilde High School, and the Alumni Association Board of Directors of the University of Notre Dame. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 AM on Friday, Oct. 26, at the Church of Our Lady of Grace at 5051 Eden Ave. in Edina followed by private interment at Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation will be at the Church of Our Lady of Grace from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25, and one hour prior to Mass on Friday. Memorials may be made to Birthright Minneapolis or the Cathedral of St. Paul Heritage Fund. www.GILLBROTHERS.com MINNEAPOLIS, MN 612-861-6088


Published in Pioneer Press on Oct. 23, 2012
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