MOTLEY -- Charles Cruse, 75, Motley, died Tuesday, April 18, 2000, at St. Cloud Hospital.
He was born Sept. 7, 1924, in Motley to Charles and Nellie (Michael) Cruse. He served three years in the Army during World War II. Following his discharge he worked around the Motley area for three years. He then moved to the Oregon coast where he worked for 24 years in a plywood mill until its closure in 1974. He then worked for Tillamook County in Oregon as parks superintendent. Upon retirement in 1985, he and his wife moved back to Motley where they lived until 1990. They moved to Idaho for about 10 years before returning to Motley in May 1999. He was a member of the American Legion and VFW.
Survivors include his wife, Wilma; five sons, Ron Cruse, Hixon, British Columbia, Canada, Roger Cruse, Bay City, Ore., Randy Cruse, Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, Robert Cruse, Algonquin, Ill., and Richard Cruse, Monroe, Wash.; two daughters, Judy Bernards, Portland, Ore., and Jackie Averill, Bay City, Ore.; four sisters, Wilma Swecker, Motley, Margaret Erbe, Motley, Charlene Miller, Staples, and Betty Jo Rosvold, Brainerd; his former wife, Betty Cruse, Bay City; 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous stepchildren.
His parents, a son, Russell, and two sisters, Nadene Eckdahl and Wayva McNair, died earlier.
Services will be 3 p.m. Saturday at the Motley United Methodist Church with Pastor Larry Hager officiating.
Friends may call from 1-4 p.m. today at the Brenny Funeral Home in Staples.
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