BOTKINS — Emerson L. Kruse, 77, of rural Botkins, Ohio, died 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys, Ohio.
He was born Dec. 29, 1936, in Shelby County, Ohio, the son of Edison Henry Louis and Gladys Levada (McCullough) Kruse, who preceded him in death. On Aug. 14, 1955, he married Carol Jean Brautigam as teenagers and they would have celebrated their 59th anniversary this year. His wife survives in Botkins.
Survivors include his children, Sharon (Pat) Baumer, Minster, Ohio, Christine (Bill) Fogt, Anna, Ohio, Susan (Dave) Griffith, New Knoxville, Ohio, and Chuck (Amy Clink) Kruse, Wapakoneta, Ohio; grandchildren, Ben (Lindsey) Baumer, Janel Baumer, Rob (Shantelle) Fogt, Steven (Sarah) Fogt, Trenton (Erin) Fogt, Melinda (Levi) Gehrlich, Michael (Jess) Griffith, Matthew Kruse, Brandon Kruse, Hayley Kruse and Courtney Kruse; great-grandchildren, Cohen Baumer, Gavin, Ivy, Isabelle and Eleanor Fogt, Landynn and Logan Fogt, Brock, Keegan and Mallory Gehrlich, and Gabby and Kaden Griffith.
Emerson was a 1954 graduate of Anna High School where he was very active in FFA.
A farmer, he worked at Roettger Hardwood Inc. most of his life. He also worked part time at Kettlersville Grain Co., Stolles, C.J. Electric, and drove truck for Roediger's in the past. He was a member of the New Knoxville United Methodist Church, and a 34-year member of the Kettlersville Van Buren Township Volunteer Fire Department. He was also a member of the Shelby County Republican Central Committee. Emerson was very proud of the restoration of a 1965 Ford Galaxie 500 convertible that he and Carol drove in many local parades. He also enjoyed his two cats, Smokey and Spooky.
Funeral services will be Monday, June 23, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at the New Knoxville United Methodist Church, Pastor Dennis Gaertner officiating. Burial of his cremated remains will be in the Greenlawn Cemetery, Wapakoneta.
The family will receive friends 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 22, 2014, at the Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, Ohio 501, Wapakoneta, Ohio, and one hour prior to the service Monday at the church.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Kettlersville Van Buren Township Volunteer Fire Department.
Condolences may be expressed at www.bayliffnadeleyfh.com.