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In his earlier years he was a commercial graphic artist for the John Wanamaker Stores, doing advertising layouts. He also did pen and ink and watercolors of Fishtown locations. A number of his works were displayed in local establishments. He also used to conduct art classes at the Lutheran Settlement House.
Dick worked for Rumsey Electric of Conshohocken for 40 years, as a truck driver. He retired in 2006. He was a member of Teamsters Local 107.
He was the husband of the late Claire Moraski Kruse, who passed away in 2014. Father of Richard F. Kruse, Jr. ( Erica ), Catherine Downes ( Edward ) and Judith Cohen. Pop Pop of Vincent Markert, Richard Kruse III and Madison Kruse, Liz and Lauren Downes. Brother of Robert Kruse ( Cheryl) and Francis Kruse ( Patricia ). Also survived by his nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 between 7 and 9 PM, and again on Wednesday between 10 and 11 AM in the McELVARR FUNERAL HOME, 1415-17 East Susquehanna Avenue, Fishtown . Burial will follow at Most Holy Redeemer Cem, Bridesburg.