March 25, 2014


Dean Robert Kruse, 50, of Lidderdale, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, March 22, 2014, unexpectedly in Carroll, Iowa.

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 28, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lidderdale with Pastor William Weiss officiating. Organist for the service will be Rebecca Dose, and soloist will be Karl Kruse. Casket bearers will be Dean's nieces and nephews. Honorary casket bearers will be Dean's co-workers and staff at Haley's Equipment. Burial will be at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery near Lidderdale. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in Dean's name, and memorials may be left at the funeral home or church.

Friends may call after 5 p.m. Thursday, March 27, at Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Carroll, where there will be a prayer service at 7 p.m. The casket will be moved to the church at 8:30 a.m. Friday when visitation will resume.

Online condolences may be left for Dean's family at

Born May 20, 1963, in Lake City, Iowa, he was a son of Elmer and Kathryn (Whinery) Kruse. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lidderdale. Dean grew up on his family's farm 3 miles south of Lidderdale and attended Carroll Community Schools graduating from Carroll High School in 1981. He then attended Iowa Lakes Community College in Emmetsburg and graduated with a degree in diesel mechanics. After college he worked for Rueter and Zenor in Grand Junction and later Irlbeck Repair in Dedham as a mechanic. Dean had worked for Haley's Equipment in Carroll for the past 20 years. He started in 1994 as a mechanic and became service manager in 2004. Dean was very knowledgeable about farming, farm equipment and farm technology. He had a kind, warm heart and was always willing to help customers, family and friends in any way he could.

He had served on the Lidderdale Fire Department and the Lidderdale First Responders. He enjoyed fixing old tractors, reading, music, movies and being up to date on the latest technology regarding cars, motors and computers. Dean enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

Dean is survived by three brothers: Larry Kruse of Elkhorn, Neb., Duane Kruse and his wife Deb of rural Glidden, and Ron Kruse and his wife Yanna of Yuma, Ariz.; two nieces: Keri Garrison and her husband Dan of Knoxville, Iowa, and Nicole Kruse of Tyngsboro, Mass.; seven nephews: Kim Kruse of Knoxville, Iowa, Marc Kruse and his wife Ashley of Reedsburg, Wis., Brad Kruse of Burnsville, Minn., Brian Kruse and his wife Lisa of St. Louis, Mo., Karl Kruse and his wife Stacy of Falls Church, Va., Noah Kruse of Yuma, Ariz., and Luke Kruse of Yuma, Ariz.; one great-niece: Maggy; four great-nephews: Austin, Caden, Ashton and Owen; and his aunts, uncles and cousins.

Dean was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Kenneth and a sister-in-law Dahna Kruse.