Northwest NEWS

January 1,2001


William 'Bill' H. Kruse

A funeral service for William "Bill" H. Kruse, 86, of Woodinville, was held Dec. 30, at Bethel Chapel in Mountlake Terrace. Burial followed at Cedar Lawns Memorial Park in Redmond.
   Mr. Kruse passed away at Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland on Monday, Dec. 25. He was born on June 7, 1914, in Selah, the son of William and Mary Kruse. He was the youngest of four children.
   Mr. Kruse was raised in Selah and Bellingham where he attended school. He met Alene Drake in 1936 at Bethel Temple church in Seattle where they were married in 1940. He worked in the Safeway warehouse and then in the Bremerton Shipyards during World War II. Following the war he returned to Safeway as a truck driver. He and his wife moved to Cottage Lake in 1967 and they retired in 1976. Alene preceded him in death in 1997. Mr. Kruse enjoyed spending time with his family, camping, traveling, and eating out. He was an accomplished harmonica player and was an avid reader.
   Mr. Kruse was remembered by the family as a person who could repair almost anything, reflecting back to the fact that at the age of 14 he built a car from scratch. In addition, he found pleasure in helping others, and often used his "Jack of all Trades" skills wherever he saw a need.
   Mr. Kruse is survived by two daughters, Myrna Toombs, of Woodinville, and Laneta Nauman, of Monroe; three granddaughters; and two great-granddaughters. In 1942 his son Robert Kruse preceded him in death. The family suggests remembrances to either Redmond Assembly of God Missionary Fund or Bethel Chapel Missionary Fund.
   Family and friends are invited to sign the family's on-line guest book at