Curtis O. Kruse, 73, of Calmar, died Saturday, July 19, 2014, at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wis. Private services are Wednesday, July 23, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home in Garnavillo. Burial is in Garnavillo Community Cemetery in Garnavillo. Arrangements are being handled by Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Garnavillo. Condolences may be left at

Curtis Otto Kruse was born the son of Alfred and Anita (Hakert) Kruse March 2, 1941, near Garber. He was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Elkport in 1941, and was confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Preston in 1954. He graduated in 1958 from Garnavillo High School, attended college, and farmed with his family for many years. Curtis was united in marriage with Lucinda Kremenak at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Dubuque June 20, 1970. He enjoyed spending time with family, model trains, the great outdoors, playing guitar and watching his grandchildren play sports.

Survivors include his wife, Lucinda, of Calmar; a daughter, Becky (Jeremy) Walz of Calmar; a son, Kyle (fiancée Tennie Shover) Kruse of Waterloo; four grandchildren: Alex, Andre, Ashley and Allison Walz; a sister, Arlene Harbaugh of Garnavillo; three sisters-in-law, Janet Kruse, Charlotte Gockel and Colleen Terry; numerous nieces and nephews.

Curtis was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Clark and Clyde; and a brother-in-law, Carroll Harbaugh.