Kenneth Cruse

Kenneth Boland Cruse

CONCORD - Kenneth Boland Cruse, 84, of Concord, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, at Carolinas Medical Center-Northeast in Concord.

He was born Feb. 22, 1929, in Michigan to Bernard William Cruse Sr. and Juanita Boland Cruse, who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by one brother, Bernard William Cruse Jr.

Kenneth graduated from law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Between the years 1951 and 1953, he served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War as a second lieutenant. Upon returning from service he began over 40 years of practicing law in Concord and was a member of the NC Bar Association.

He was a past Master of the Cabarrus Lodge 720, where he was a member for 51 years. He also was a Worthy Patron of Eastern Star. He was responsible for starting Rainbow Girls of Cabarrus County. He was also a longtime member of Amvets Post 845 of Rockwell, where he started the Sons of Amvets in 2004 who awarded him the commander award. He was also a former member of the America Legion, the White Shrine and the Cabarrus County DAV. Kenneth was a past member of the NC Academy of Trial Lawyers. He was also a former member of the Loyal order of Moose and Yorke Rite Bodies. Mr. Cruse served in the Army Reserve and helped establish the first reserve unit in Cabarrus County with Charles Wrenn and James Babb.

Survivors include son Kenneth Boland (Mary Kiker) Cruse Jr. of Concord and son David (Cindy) Cruse of Concord; daughter Portia Mayfield of Waco, Ga.; four grandchildren, Jonathan "Jay" Cruse of Concord, Amber Cruse of Salisbury, Tiffany Webber of Charlotte and Kristi Glover of Concord.

Services for Mr. Cruse were held Monday, Nov. 11 at Calvary Lutheran in Concord officiated by Pastor Carroll Robinson. Burial followed at Carolina Memorial Park in Kannapolis.

Memorials: May be made to Amvets, Post 845, 427 Link St, Rockwell, NC, 28138.

Hartsell Funeral Home of Concord is serving the Cruse family. Online condolences may be made at

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Hartsell Funeral Home - Concord
460 Branchview Dr, NE  Concord, NC 28025
(704) 786-1161

Published in Salisbury Post from Nov. 8 to Nov. 12, 2013