July 16, 1934 - December 30, 2008
Clifton Bryan Kruse, Jr., 74, passed away surrounded by his family on December 30, 2008, from complications of Alzheimer's disease. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas in 1956, and his graduate degree in theology from Boston University in 1959, Mr. Kruse was awarded a Juris Doctorate Degree from Washburn University School of Law in 1963. He was an ordained Methodist Minister and prison chaplain. A nationally acclaimed elder law attorney, in 1956 Mr. Kruse was given the Colorado Bar Association's Award of Merit, the highest honor given by the CBA for outstanding contributions to the legal profession and the bar association. He was a member of the American Bar Association, Colorado Bar Association (Vice President), El Paso County Bar Association Past President), National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Past President and Fellow), and the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. He taught Business Law at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs for 27 years and taught at the University of Denver School of Law. Mr. Kruse lectured at seminars, symposiums and workshops throughout the country and authored many books and articles. Mr. Kruse was the founding member of Kruse and Lynch, P.C. and specialized in the preparation of wills, trusts, estate administration and elder law. He had a passion for helping others, especially the elderly. His book, "Selma's Cat and Other Things That Matter," is a collection of essays pertaining to the concerns and experiences of senior citizens. Mr. Kruse was a member of the Broadmoor Cooking Club, the Broadmoor Golf Club, Cheyenne Mountain Country Club, the Broadmoor Figure Skating Club, the Broadmoor Speed Skating Club (Past President), Broadmoor Community Church, and the Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin. Clif will be dearly missed by his wife of 52 years, Carolyn; his children, Angela Kruse and Stephen Kruse (Suzanne); his two grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters, Thelma Kruse (Lanson Carney), and Linda Lynch (Frank), nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, the Reverend and Mrs. Clifton B. Kruse, Sr., and his sister, Edith Lake. The family is very appreciative of the many months of loving care given to Clif by the nurses and staff of the Memory Care Unit at the Village at Skyline and also thanks Pikes Peak Hospice nurses for their support in his last days. A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 3, 2009, 1:00 P.M. at the Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Avenue, Colorado Springs. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to Pikes Peak Hospice, 825 E. Pikes Peak Avenue, Suite 600, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903, or the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, 610 Abbott Lane, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80905.
Published in The Gazette on Jan. 2, 2009.