Alan Kruse

Alan P. Kruse, 80, born December 1, 1931 to Thelma Kruse and Arthur Kruse in Kauai, Hawaii, passed away at home on October 23, 2012, surrounded by his beloved wife and sons. He is survived by his wife of 41 years Linda Lacy Kruse, his sons Carleton Kruse (wife, Cheryl Cleland Kruse) and Cameron Kruse (wife, Jordin Nolan Kruse), granddaughters Katarina and Morgan Kruse, grandson Nicholas Kruse, and stepmother Maile Kruse.
Alan grew up on a sugar plantation in Kauai where his great grandparents from Hanover, Germany, settled in the 1800s. He graduated from Punahou School in Honolulu, earned his Bachelor's degree from Colgate University, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, earned an MBA from Stanford Business School, and went to Army Navy language training school in Carmel, California. He was a Korean War Army veteran.
He was in the savings and loan business in California and Hawaii, developed Waimea Falls as a tourist attraction, and the first high rise condominium in Hawaii. He continued real estate development after moving to the Clear Lake area in 1974.
Alan traveled extensively with his wife Linda and never met a stranger. He loved to surf and outrigger canoe and was a member of the Outrigger Canoe Club in Honolulu for 68 years. He loved to ballroom dance and he and his wife were members of several dance clubs in the Houston area, and the Petroleum Club of Houston where he served on the entertainment committee, and was very active in planning social events.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to: MD Anderson Cancer Center, MDS or Acute Leukemia Research, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, Texas 77210-4486 (www.mdanderson.org/gifts).


Published in Houston Chronicle on Oct. 28, 2012