Dr. James H. Kruse
1928 - 2021
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July 2, 1928
March 25, 2021
Dr. James Henry Kruse, 92, died in Colorado Springs, CO on March 25, 2021 with all of his loved ones by his side.
James ("Jim") was born in Vinton, Iowa on July 2, 1928 to Frank and Leota Malloy Kruse and he is the grandson of Henry G. Kruse, founder of the Cedar Valley Daily Times. His parents preceded him in death as did his sister, Francine Kruse (Terrell) Strausz of Friday Harbor, WA.
Jim is survived by his brother, Franklin Kruse of Vinton, IA, his former wife, Jeanne Mitchell Kruse, and four children: Coco (and her husband Frans) Klinkenberg of Santa Monica, CA, Elizabeth (and her husband Vincent) Niski of Colorado Springs, CO, Mitchell (and his wife Elizabeth) of Bellevue, WA and Matthew (and his wife Brittany) of Austin, TX; also, seven grandchildren: Jessica, Joseph (and his wife Joscelyn) and Joshua Niski, Devon and Brandon Kruse, and Lauren and John Kruse; and one great-grandson, Jase Niski.
Jim is also survived by his present wife of 35 years, Dorothy ("Dottie") Rand Kruse, and her family of four children: Gary (and his wife Brenda) Crane, Sally (and her husband James) Simmons, Tracy McLaughlin and Wendy (and her husband Randy) Orr; also seven grandchildren: Jace (and his wife Erica) Crane, Erin Laxson, Sean and Melissa Whitaker, Molly (and her husband Chris) Purnell, Ashley (and her husband Phil) Rathbun and Logan Orr; and six great-grandchildren: Taylor and Dylan Crane and Gabriel, Kinzie, Alia and Teagan Rathbun. Dottie lovingly remembers how Jim truly enjoyed making people laugh.
Jim graduated from Kemper Military Academy in 1948 and then attended the University of Iowa where he received his B.S. and D.D.S. degrees in 1950 and 1954, respectively. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving on active duty as a dental officer in San Diego, CA during the Korean conflict. He retired from the Navy in 1976, after 21 years of service (including time with the Ready Reserves) with the rank of Commander in the USNR.
Dr. Kruse was a local, practicing dentist for 40 years and served as president of the Colorado Springs Dental Society as well as president of the Colorado State Dental Association. He was also a life member of the ADA and International College of Dentists.
Jim was also a long time Kiwanis member, served several years as chairman of the City Planning Commission and was a regular volunteer at Divine Redeemer Catholic Church and the First United Methodist Church.
Memorial services will be held this summer. You are welcome to leave memories and sentiments on the website: https://www.shrineofremembrance.com under Obituaries. In lieu of flowers, Jim requested that donations be made to the Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N Hancock Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80903.

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Published in The Gazette on Apr. 4, 2021.
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April 8, 2021
Dr. Kruse was our family dentist for decades. He was warm, funny and so great with his patients. Our condolences. The Whigham family.
Shar Jordan
April 5, 2021
Dr Kruse started his dental practice in a building that was my family's grocery store. We started going to him for dental work. He was so kind and gentle. Jim and Dottie always treat us as family and a true friend. We will miss him.
Kathy & Ray DeMasi
April 4, 2021
The Buckley AFB military Retiree Activities Office (RAO) would like to offer our sincere condolences and our gratitude for CDR Kruse's 21 years of distinguished service to our country in the Navy. If you would like help with any matters related to casualty assistance, Defense Finance & Accounting Service, Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP), Veterans Affairs (VA), etc. you can contact our office on Buckley AFB at 720-847-6693. The RAO is staffed by volunteers, all military retirees themselves, and our sole purpose is to provide assistance to any military retirees and surviving spouses/family members with anything related to their military service and/or benefits, in particular during difficult times such as this. We are deeply sorry for your loss.

Steve Young
Lt Col, USAF, Ret
Director, Buckley AFB RAO
Steve Young
April 4, 2021
Dr. Kruse gave me my first part-time dental assisting job - 17 yesterday old, and my first dental hygiene job right out of college in 1978. He was the kindest boss I had throughout my 38 year career. I am so thankful I knew him, he truly was a very important part of my life. Thank you Dr. Kruse. My prayers are with the family.
Vickie Olson
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