John William Kruse
March 4, 1929 - January 27, 2021 John William Kruse passed away peacefully in his home at the age of 91, surrounded by his loving family. He had been battling Parkinson's disease for several years. John was born March 4, 1929 to John William Kruse Sr. and Irene Miller Kruse in Pasadena, CA. He attended UCLA, graduating in 1951 with a degree in Engineering. He was a member of Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity and the Naval ROTC. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War for three years, then attended USC, where he received his MBA. He worked as a Civil-Structural Engineer, where a notable project was working as a Project Manager on the Saturn missile test stand in Huntsville, Alabama in the 1960s. He retired from Fluor Corporation in 1992. While in the Navy, he met Paula Bush on Balboa Island in 1952, and they married in 1956. In 1958, they spent five months exploring Europe in a VW Bug they had purchased. This was the start of a life of travel, visiting all the continents and over 100 countries. They designed a house and had it built in La Cañada, CA where their three children were born. In 1975, they moved to Newport Beach where they have lived ever since. John became a member of the Newport Harbor Exchange Club, where he served as President 2002-2003. They joined a group of friends for weekly beach walks at Crystal Cove and holiday celebrations for over 30 years. John is survived by his loving wife, Paula, and his children Dana Kruse Uzzo, Lauren Kruse Moore and David Evan Kruse, and five grandchildren: Alicia & Andrea Jones, Rachel Moore, and Benjamin & Daniel Kruse. He was predeceased by his sister, Marilyn Buckler. Once COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted, a celebration of life will be held.
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