March 8, 1933 - Oct. 15, 2012
A chapel Masonic memorial service to celebrate the life of John Willis Kruse, 79, of Allegany, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at Coos Bay Chapel, 685 Anderson Ave., with Jim Larkin, past master of Blanco Masonic Lodge, officiating. Burial will be held in the family plot at Sunset Memorial Park, 63060 Millington Frontage Road, Coos Bay.
John was born March 8, 1933 to George and Emily (Blake) Kruse in Marshfield. He passed away Oct. 15, 2012, at his home in Allegany, surrounded by his family after a short illness.
John grew up in Marshfield, spending his youth delivering papers for the Coos Bay Times. He saved his earnings to buy a Cushman scooter. As a teenager, John also worked part time as a school bus driver and hauled logs all over Coos County for his father . During the summer months, while John wasn't in school or working, he spent his spare time building a log cabin in Allegany. Although the logs are all gone, John and wife, Delores, lived in that house for their entire married life. Over the years, John added on and remodeled to better suit their needs. John graduated from Marshfield High School in 1952. He enrolled at what was then called OTI in Klamath Falls, studying diesel mechanics and machine shop; all the while dating his high school sweetheart. He enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in the Korean War as a medic. During that time, he married Delores McFarlane Aug. 7, 1954 in Coos Bay. They traveled to various bases during his time in the service. After an honorable discharge, they returned home to Coos Bay to begin their life together. John was hired on as a diesel mechanic for Weyerhaeuser Timber Company in Allegany. He soon transferred over to driving log trucks, a local job that would support his family for nearly 35 years.
John was active in local Masonic bodies, including life member of Blanco Masonic Lodge No. 48 A.F. & A.M., of which he served as the 100th master of the lodge in 1970, nearly 100 years after his grandfather, master shipbuilder John Kruse, held the position; Occidental Council No.12; Knights Templar of Oregon Pacific Commandery No. 10; Royal Arch Mason's Arago Chapter No. 22; Knights of the York Cross of Honour; Order of Amaranth; Hillah Temple Coos County Shrine Club; and the Oriental Band. John also belonged to the Cushman Motor Scooter Club. He enjoyed ranching, logging, building and operating heavy equipment. In addition to their two sons, John and Kevin, John and Delores had more than 50 foster children during their life together.
John is survived by his wife of 58 years, Delores; sons, John and wife, Annie, and Kevin and wife, Amy, all of Allegany; daughters, Cheryl Grigsby and Tamra Music of Coos Bay and Cindy Rockwood of Allegany; six grandchildren, Fredrick, Benjamin, Caleb, Emily and Haley Kruse, and Lance Grigsby; and two sisters, Dorothy Irvin of Coos Bay and Marian Gazeley of Corvallis, and their families. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Arrangements are under the direction of Coos Bay Chapel, 541-267-3131.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Shriner's Hospital for Children-Portland, 3101 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, OR 97239.