Herman C. Cruse, 67, of Granite City, passed away at 9:58 a.m. Friday, Dec. 26, 2014, at his home.
He was born July 7, 1947, in Pensacola, Fla., a son of the late Herman S. and Cecelia R. (Roderick) Cruse.
He married Mary “Kathy” (Copeland) Cruse on June 20, 1969, at the former Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Granite City and she survives.
He retired from Granite City Steel after over 45 years of dedicated service as a steelworker. The United States Army veteran proudly served his country during the Vietnam War and was a lifetime member of the VFW Post No. 1300 and a member of the American Legion Post No. 113. He was a faithful member of Holy Family Catholic Church and was a member of the Knight of Columbus Tri-Cities Council 1098. He enjoyed his days of singing karaoke, fishing, camping and traveling and was always on the hunt for treasures by panning for gold or using his metal detector. He will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and many friends.
In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Stephanie and Mark Schweppe of Collinsville and Tracy Cruse of Collinsville; one son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Brandee Cruse of Albuquerque, N.M.; seven grandchildren, Alissa Rasmussen, Jamie Schweppe, Meagan Watson, Logan Bruns, Hannah Cruse, Sarah Cruse and Nicholas Burrough; three great-granddaughters, Rori Rasmussen, Eliett Rasmussen and Wrynn Coalter; two brothers and a sister-in-law, David and Joanne Cruse of Granite City and Dennis Cruse of Granite City; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Pam and Gary Edwards of Granite City and Robyn and Mark Davis of Elk Grove, Calif.; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.
In celebration of his life, visitation will be 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, at Holy Family Catholic Church, 2606 Washington Ave. in Granite City, with Father Jeff Holtman officiating. Burial with full military rites will be at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville. Memorials may be made to Wounded Warriors and may be accepted at the funeral home, www.irwinchapel.com.