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Betty Jean Kruse

May 22, 1934 — February 25, 2024

Spencer

Betty Jean Kruse, daughter of Chris and Bertha Jorgensen Petersen, was born May 22, 1934, in Underwood, Iowa. She began working at a restaurant in junior high and later in a local grocery store as no sports were offered for girls. She graduated from Underwood High School in 1952 and attended Dana College pursuing a degree in Business. It is there that she met her future husband, Roger Kruse, and they were married November 29, 1953 at the Underwood Lutheran Church when Roger was home on furlough from serving in the U.S. Army. Betty moved to Omaha and worked for the Union Pacific Railroad as a keypunch operator until Roger’s Honorable Discharge in 1955 when they moved to the family farm west of Royal, Iowa. The farm has been designated as a Century Farm and their granddaughter, Alecia Tolzin currently lives there with her family. Betty remained on the farm after Roger’s death in 2019 and moved to Riverview Terrace in Spencer, Iowa in 2021 where she made many new friends and enjoyed old acquaintances.

After their marriage Betty’s main priority was caring for their three children; Keith, Joyce and Brenda and raising them to make “faith uppermost in their lives.” She also helped on the farm by driving the corn picker and caring for the chickens. She was a meticulous bookkeeper for the operation and raised a garden and canned all of the produce. Betty was a member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Royal, Iowa where she still attended worship and Bible study weekly. She taught Sunday School and Confirmation classes, served on council, was active in BLCW and the Quilting group, rolled bandages for Lutheran World Relief and sang in the church choir. In 1987 she was elected to the board of the Western Iowa Synodical Women’s Organization where she served as vice-president for four years and president for two years. She retired from the board in 2006 after serving for 19 years. She was a member of the Royal Birthday Club, the Royal Women’s Federated Club, American Legion Auxiliary and Gideons International. Betty was also the secretary of the Royal Centennial Committee in 2000. Through the years she and Roger loved to attend and support their grandkids in their sports and music activities. Betty loved her God and family above all else and was so happy to be able to see her 5 great grandkids often. She was also an avid fan of the Iowa State Cyclones and Minnesota Twins.

Betty passed away at Riverview Terrace on February 25, 2024, at the age of 89. Betty is preceded in death by her parents, husband Roger, daughter Joyce Sabel, grandson Javan Kruse, sister Ardis Taylor and brother Richard Petersen.

Left to cherish her memory are her son, Keith and Joyce Kruse of Everly, IA; daughter Brenda and Steve Golay of Perry, IA; son-in-law, Tom Sabel of Des Moines, IA; granddaughter Alecia and Casey Tolzin, Luke and Anna of Peterson, IA; grandson Eric Golay of Tucson, AZ; granddaughter-in-law Danielle Kruse, Ali, Nate and Ryan of Hartley, IA; brother Calvin and Karen Petersen of Council Bluffs, IA.; brother-in-law Jim Taylor of Spencer, IA; other relatives and many friends.

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Visitation

Thursday, February 29, 2024

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Bethlehem Lutheran Church

207 Church St, Royal, IA 51357

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Funeral Service

Friday, March 1, 2024

Starts at 10:30 am (Central time)

Bethlehem Lutheran Church

207 Church St, Royal, IA 51357

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Graveside Service

Friday, March 1, 2024

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