Irvin LaVern Kruse, 77, of rural St. Olaf, died Saturday, October 31, 2015, at the Guttenberg Hospital. He was born in Elkport, on the home farm, on May 12, 1938, to William and Mildred (Hammond) Kruse. He was baptized at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Elkport on August 21, 1938, and later, was confirmed there.
He attended country school; then went to Garnavillo, graduating with the class of 1958. Irvin served in the United States Army from 1961 to 1963, when he was honorably discharged. On October 14, 1964, he was united in marriage to Carol Wilke at Zion Lutheran Church, Clayton Center. Four children were born to this union.