William E. Kruse
William E. Kruse, 89, passed away peacefully at his home in Plainfield, NJ surrounded by his loving family on Friday, April 30, 2021.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, he lived in New York City before moving to Plainfield in 1958. Bill is predeceased by his parents Charles G. Kruse and Lavaune Hoffman Kruse.
He represented Brooklyn at the Boy Scout Jamboree in Belgium in 1947 and later became an Explorer Scout. Bill graduated from Stuyvesant High School in 1949 and received a BS in Civil Engineering from Cooper Union in 1954 before attending OCS at the Newport, Rhode Island Naval Station. After additional naval training at the Bayonne Salvage School, he was assigned to the USS Munsee ATF 107 stationed in San Diego and served as a U.S. Naval officer in Japan, the Philippines and the Pacific Northwest.
Bill was a professional civil engineer and international expert in the geotechnical pile foundation industry. He was also a founding member of the Deep Foundations Institute.
With his boundless energy and joyful optimism, Bill loved every adventure especially those at the beach with his family. He also enjoyed hiking, reading, travel and reunions with his dear Navy friends.
Surviving are his wife of 67 years Doreen Byrne Kruse: his children Linda Kruse, Brenda Factor (Jeff), Maura Noonan (Jerome) and William C. Kruse. His grandchildren are Rachael, Andrew, Laura, Bruno, Crystal and Fiona. He is also survived by five great grandchildren: Brody, Sophia, Reese, Riley and Aliza.
Interment at Hillside Cemetery will be private. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at Saint Bernard and Saint Stanislaus Church at a future date. Arrangements are being made by the Memorial Funeral Home in Fanwood, NJ (www.fanwoodmemorial.com
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