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Obituary for Donald Kruize

Donald Kruize, 86, of Elbow Lake, died Monday, March 6, 2017, at the Barrett Care Center.

Donald Raymond Kruize was born on August 16, 1930 in Nobles County, MN, the son of Eppo and Freada (Buss) Kruize. He attended country school near Ellsworth, MN, until the age of 12, when he moved with his family to Elbow Lake. Following the death of his father, Donald, at the age of 16, had to take over the family farm.

On December 12, 1964, Don married Marlys Bjugan at First Lutheran Church in Elbow Lake, and they were blessed with three children.

From 1946 to 1995, Don farmed and milked dairy cows, continuing with a herd of beef cattle until the time of his retirement. In his spare time, Don enjoyed gardening, fishing, and attending auctions. Most important to Don was time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Don was a member of United Lutheran Church, where he served as trustee and Tribe leader; and he was active with 4-H.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Marlys of Elbow Lake; James (Jennifer) Kruize of Fargo; Peggy Uhlenkamp of Olivia, MN; and Jody (Tanya Puchalski) Kruize of Barrett; grandchildren, Nathan, Hannah, Kylie, and Erin Kruize; Trent, Mason, and Kole Uhlenkamp; Taylin, Elly, and Karagan; three sisters, Gladys Woltjer of Elbow Lake, Dianne (Harvey) Erickson of Battle Lake, and Kathy (Eddie) Beckman of Andover, MN; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by two sisters, Alvina (Fred) Woltjer and Darlene (Orvin) Rosin; a son-in-law, Mark Uhlenkamp; and brothers-in-law, Bill Woltjer and Gordon (Janet) Bjugan.

Visitation: 5 – 7 PM Wednesday, at United Lutheran Church in Elbow Lake and one hour prior to services at the church

Funeral Service: 2 PM Thursday, March 9, 2017, at United Lutheran Church in Elbow Lake

Clergy: Reverend Jean Ohman

Interment: Union Cemetery, Elbow Lake

Online Guestbook:

Arrangements by Erickson-Smith Funeral Home of Elbow Lake

Donald's Memorial Folder

Funeral Home:
Erickson-Smith Funeral Home - Elbow Lake
116 1st Street NE
Elbow Lake, MN
US 56531

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