Robert F. Kruse, born Dec. 21, 1931 in Oak Park, the son of Robert C. and Martha (Stermer) Kruse. He married Lorraine C. Szczepanski on May 4, 1957 in Chicago. He retired in 1986 as captain of Engine 4 with distinguished service to the Chicago Fire Dept, retiring to his beloved farm in Louisville (IL). He was also a U.S. Army Korean War veteran, member of the Flora American Legion Post #14, Flora Moose Lodge, and Chicago Fire Dept. Local 2, and lifetime member of Flora VFW Post #3999. He is survived by his wife Lorraine of Louisville, daughter Karen L. Kruse of Schaumburg, son Robert W. Kruse of Greenup, and sister Patricia Schilling of Minocqua, WI.