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Peter A. Krusch


1931 - 2018
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Peter A. Krusch

Cambridge - PETER A. KRUSCH passed away 19 May 2018 in his home in Cambridge, Vermont, at the age of 87. He was a master artist blacksmith who created unique works ranging from chandeliers to dragons, the father of three, an organic farmer, avid skier, life long traveler, political activist, and beloved husband.

His spirit for travel and adventure started early. In 1956 he and his first wife Anne drove to Alaska, where they lived for three years while he worked for the Bureau of Land Management, traveling throughout the territory,researching and processing homesteaders land claims before statehood. On their return in 1958 he purchased the farm in Cambridge where he lived the remainder of his life, raising his children in the old farmhouse, creating works of art, keeping an organic garden, living in as self-sufficient manner as possible, nurturing the land, and in 1988 building a new house with his own hands next to his waterfall.

A remarkable man, he lived a rich full life: operating a large poultry farm for ten years; as Peace Corps staff running the agricultural program in Sierra Leone, living with wife and family in West Africa 1968-1971; becoming a full-time artist blacksmith, combining the ancient methods of forge and anvil with modern welding techniques to produce unique, perfectly crafted, beautiful works in iron and copper. With his fertile imagination and skill, he created fire breathing dragons, weathervanes, chandeliers, traditional ironwork and much more. He was an acclaimed artist, in many juried shows, and a leader in the Vermont Crafts revival movement in the 1970s.

His love for travel was lifelong, from a low budget motor scooter trip through Europe in 1957, an around world backpacking trip with Sally in 1989, another circling the globe trip with son Gregory in the 1990s, which included crossing Russia, Siberia, and Mongolia on the Trans-Siberian Railroad. He loved traveling and camping in his 1980s vintage VW Vanagons,traveling to Alaska in 2010 and cross country to Colorado many times. He and Sally were just completing a three week trip through wild areas of New Mexico and Colorado when he was felled by a stroke. A MedFlight transportation from the Denver hospital back to Vermont made it possible for him to spend the last ten days of his life in the peaceful surroundings of his home, attended by his family and the Bayada Hospice nurses.

Peter is survived by his wife of 25 years, Sally Laughlin; his son Ernest Krusch and significant other Jane Tulloh of Cambridge; his son Gregory Krusch and significant other Cameron Riley of Fort Collins, CO; his daughter Nancy (Krusch) Spier of Jericho; and three grandchildren Elizabeth Spier, Ethan Spier, and Sean Krusch (and fiancée Jesse Hill); his cousin Dr. Professor Eckart Wernicke and family of Frankfurt, Germany; and dear friends foremost of which is Bob Brunette.

His intention was to make a portion of his land adjacent to the Cambridge Pines State Forest into a permanently protected natural area, working with the Town of Cambridge Conservation Commission. Donations in his memory should go the Vermont Land Trust specified for the Peter Krusch Memorial Fund (for the protection and stewardship of land in Cambridge) and sent to Vermont Land Trust, 8 Bailey Avenue, Montpelier, VT 05602.

A Celebration of Peter's life will be held on Sunday 15 July at 2 p.m. at his home, 140 Forge Drive, Cambridge, to which all friends are invited. The family invites you share your memories and condolences by visiting www.awrfh.com.
Published in The Burlington Free Press on May 25, 2018
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