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Lavern W. Cruise
January 25, 1938–December 20, 2013
Lavern W. Cruise, 75, of Olin passed away Friday, December 20, 2013 at his home.
Funeral services celebrating his life were held on Friday, December 28, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in Olin, Iowa. Family and friends called on Thursday from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Lahey Funeral Home in Olin. Burial was at the Olin Cemetery.
Lavern W. Cruise was born January 25, 1938 at home in Hale Township to Wallace and Josephine (Poppe) Cruise. In 1958 he graduated from Olin High School. He was enlisted in the United States Army from 1957 - 1959. On June 24, 1961 he was united in marriage to Dorothy Krutzfield at St. John's Lutheran Church in Olin.
He farmed in earlier years until 1985 when he went into trucking, hauling cattle and hogs for area farmers. He worked in maintenance at the Anamosa Care Center until 1999, also at the Olin School as a janitor and a bus driver. Seasonally he worked with Crop Production Services in Wyoming.
Lavern was a lifetime member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Olin and a member of the Olin Jaycees. He liked to fish, camp and deer hunt in his earlier years. He was an avid Chicago Cubs and Iowa Hawkeye fan. Lavern especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and loved them all dearly.
Lavern is survived by his wife Dorothy of Olin; two children Dean Cruise and fiance Denise Pearson of Olin, and Penny (Todd) Schmidt of Monticello; eight grandchildren; Jon and fiance Sarah, Matt and fiance Lorena, Katlyn, Shelby and finace Cody, Brandon and fiance Tyanh, Douglas, Emma, Mary; and one great-grandson Easton; one sister Karen (Mark) Intlekofer of Maquoketa, and two brothers Marion (Rena) Cruise of Central City, and Joe (Mary) Cruise of Scotch Grove.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother.

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Source: Midland Times, Wyoming, Iowa, 17 January 2014

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