Obit: Donald Kruse


Donald “Jim” Kruse, 95, of Bettendorf, Iowa, died on Monday, Aug. 26, 2019 at Genesis Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf. Cremation Rites have been accorded. A memorial graveside with military rites will take place at a later date in the Durant Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to Genesis Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, D.A.V., or the Wounded Warrior Project in Jim’s memory. Online condolences may be left for the family at

Jim was born on May 1, 1924, the son of Bernhardt and Martha (Lange) Kruse in Durant. He attended Durant High School and graduated in 1942. After graduation, Jim enlisted in the United States Army Air Corp. During his enlistment, Jim was stationed in the Philippines and served his country during World War II.

Jim married Betty M. Sohsen on June 1, 1946 in Davenport. Betty died on Feb. 28, 2014.

Jim worked at the Rock Island Arsenal for 30 years, before retiring in 1982. Betty and Jim enjoyed dancing, music, playing golf and taking vacations. Most of all, Jim cherished spending time with his family and friends.

Jim is survived by his two daughters, Sandy (Merle) Christians of Davenport and Brenda (Gary) Stoefen of Scottsdale, Arizona; one son, Scott (Jody) Kruse of Davenport; 12 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. Jim was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Betty; and one brother, Lane.