William E. Kruse
1932 - 2021
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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.) In lieu of flowers, you may support the Covenant House Youth Shelter at 550 10th Avenue, New York, NY or ny.covenanthouse.org.

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Published in The Star-Ledger on May 2, 2021.
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May 8, 2021
I am sorry for your loss. My memories of Plainfield come back. Your dads smile and laugh was the best. You were always made to feel welcomed!
Marie Schlosser Reardon
May 7, 2021
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May 4, 2021
It is a sad day in Plainfield. I always looked forward to speaking with Bill on any subject. He was such a wordsmith, and I always left our meeting feeling smarter and happy that we had met. We have lost a wonderful man, but heaven has gained an angel.
May 3, 2021
Dear Aunt Doreen & the Kruse family My deepest sympathy to one of the greatest men who ever lived Will miss him deeply Love Joann Byrne
Joann Byrne
May 3, 2021
My condolences to All Aunt Doreen and young Bill & all the family, he was a great man and helped us out our short spell stateside but I remember you all from childhood with our Mum and Dad and Rockys old house in Eire , found memories , love to all
James Horan
May 3, 2021
I am so sorry to hear of Bills passing. We spend many a good time in Arklow and some hiking in Wicklow. Condolences to Doreen and the family. Been sometime since we met but I've lots of memories of Bill and Doreen with my mum and dad in Eire. RIP Bill
Edward Horan
May 3, 2021
So sorry to hear the sad news of Bills passing.
I will miss his regular emails of keeping in touch and connected. It meant so much.
Have a heavy heart today, but I’ll cherish all those emails you have sent and all the good memories too.
Lots of Love to Doreen and all the family, Linda, Brenda, Maura and Bill. Thinking of you all x
Kathryn O Reilly
Kathryn O Reilly
May 3, 2021
Sad news of Bill’s passing. Bill was a wonderful human being and great fun to be with. Fond memories of happy holidays in Arklow filled with adventure, discovery, curiosity and sharing.
With Love to Doreen and all the family Linda, Brenda, Maura and Bill.
Mary Teresa Horan O Reilly
Mary Teresa O Reilly
May 1, 2021
Dear Grandpa,
You gave me my first solid food as a baby. You took me for long walks around the neighborhood. You built the best sandcastles with me in L.B.I. You took me to the small amusement park Bowcraft on 22 on Friday’s after school. The list of wonderful memories we had together goes on and on.... I will never forget those wonderful memories. You will always hold a special place in my heart. I love you dearly Grandpa!
Crystal C Kruse (William’s Granddaughter)
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