Emerson L. Kruse, 77, of rural Botkins, died at 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, in St. Marys. He was born Dec. 29, 1936, in Shelby County, the son of Edison Henry Louis and Gladys Levada (McCullough) Kruse, who preceded him in death. On Aug. 14, 1955, he married Carol Jean Brautigam as teenagers and they would have celebrated their 59th anniversary this year. She survives at home.
Survivors include, children, Sharon (Pat) Baumer, of Minster, Christine (Bill) Fogt, of Anna, Susan (Dave) Griffith, of New Knoxville, and Chuck (Amy Clink) Kruse, of Wapakoneta; grandchildren, Ben (Lindsey) Baumer, Janel Baumer, Rob (Shantelle) Fogt, Steven (Sarah) Fogt, Trenton (Erin) Fogt, Melinda (Levi) Gehrlich, Michael (Jess) Griffith, Matthew Kruse, Brandon Kruse, Hayley Kruse, and Courtney Kruse; great-grandchildren, Cohen Baumer, Gavin, Ivy, Isabelle and Eleanor Fogt, Landynn and Logan Fogt, Brock, Keegan and Mallory Gehrlich, and Gabby and Kaden Griffith.
Emerson was a 1954 graduate of Anna High School where he was very active in FFA. A farmer, he worked at Roettger Hardwood, Inc. most of his life. He also worked part time at Kettlersville Grain Co., Stolles, C.J. Electric and drove a truck for Roediger’s in the past. He was a member of the New Knoxville United Methodist Church and a 34-year member of the Kettlersville Van Buren Township Volunteer Fire Dept. He was also a member of the Shelby County Republican Central Committee. Emerson was very proud of the restoration of a 1965 Ford Galaxie 500 convertible that he and Carol drove in many local parades. He also enjoyed his two cats, Smokey and Spooky.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 23, 2014, at the New Knoxville United Methodist Church, with Pastor Dennis Gaertner officiating. Burial of his cremated remains will be in the Greenlawn Cemetery in Wapakoneta. The family will receive friends from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, June 22, 2014, at the Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, state Route 501, Wapakoneta, and one hour prior to the service, Monday, at the church. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Kettlersville Van Buren Township Volunteer Fire Dept. Condolences may be expressed at bayliffnadeleyfh.com.