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Ronald Lynn Cruse


01/01/1944 - 03/13/2015 Obituary
Ronald Lynn Cruse Obituary
Ronald Lynn Cruse, 71, passed away at home on March 13, 2015. Ron was born in Oakland, California to Joe Taylor Cruse and Clara "Becky" Cruse. Ron graduated from BHS and joined the US Army in 1962. He was stationed in Washington and South Korea and he was honorably discharged in 1965. Ron had a real gift of mechanical aptitude and helped in the rebuilding of a 1932 Ford roadster with his father during his teenage years. Ron learned to love boating and water skiing as a young boy and later took on speed boat racing. He liked to hunt and took several hunting trips, even making his own shotgun shells. He also knew how to weld and built horse pastures with little help. He bought and rebuilt a 1972 Chevy truck that all his children enjoyed as their first car. He spent time working on his daughter's 1973 VW convertible bug, as well as his own VW Bug. In his last years, Ron had been working on restoring 1932 Ford Coupe.
Ron was a good husband and devoted father taking his children to their various activities, including 4-H, baseball, soccer, cub scouts, ballet, and ushering his daughter to various horse shows around California.
Ron had a lifelong passion for motorcycles and owned several throughout the years. He was particularly proud of the 1975 Honda Goldwing he received from his dad. He enjoyed meeting his motorcycle buddies and he would ride his motorcycle, equipped with an extra gas tank and trailer, (of course), all over the United States on a quest for the best chiliburger. (You just had to know him!) His travels even took him to Alaska on his motorcycle.
Ron had an excellent work ethic, rarely missing a day of work. He worked at Controlco, Wm. K. Lyons Insurance, and Dick Simon, finally retiring from the County of Kern. He would often gloat about not having to wear a watch during his retirement. Ron was interested in, and some may argue immersed in, politics toward the end of his life. His retirement gave him plenty of time to come up with several solutions to the world's problems that he loved to share with anyone who would listen. Although Ron surfed the internet frequently and finally upgraded to a smart phone, he surprised his family with his recent purchase of a Sony Walkman. We thought they were extinct 20 years ago. Ron's sense of humor is the trait most likely to be remembered by those who knew and loved him. His many sayings came to be known as "Ronnie-isms" and are currently being passed on to his grandchildren. Ron was really proud to be a grandpa and loved his grandchildren dearly.
Ron is survived by his wife, Marie, son Scott Nall & his children Maddie & Jack, daughter Julie Cruse Woessner & husband Seann, their children Kaylee, Taylor, Beau, Ben, Seanne and Cruse, son Kevin, sister Linda Knight, and Aunt Jane Harville. If you liked Ron, and he liked you, we invite you to celebrate his life on April 11, 2015 at the Crest Bakersfield RV Resort at 11:00 a.m. located at 5025 Wible Road, Bakersfield, 93313.
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Apr. 5, 2015
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