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KRUSE, Ronald William

August 4, 1940 — January 18, 2023

Ronald Kruse passed away (at the age of 82) on the afternoon of January 18, 2023, at Kelowna General Hospital painlessly, peacefully, and quietly with his one and only son Eric by his bedside. He was predeceased by Ronni, his wife of 49 years of marriage, in 2014; his mother Christine in 1995; and his father Fred in 1987. He is survived by his son, Eric.

Ron was born in San Francisco, California and was raised & grew up in the Bay Area region. He graduated from Mount Diablo High School in 1958 and San Jose State University in 1964. Ron married the love of his life, Ronni, in 1965. He went on to be an educator/teacher at Ygnacio Valley High School in Concord, California from 1964 to 1992, in the social studies department on the subjects of American history, US government, and world civilizations. During this time, he contributed his knowledge and writings to help publish a school textbook on the history of the USA, which he would also use in his classroom teaching studies. His favorite President was FDR. Ronald was a proud union member, a well liked and respected teacher by his fellow co-workers and students alike. When Ron was still a school teacher in California, he would host a year-end holiday season party at his home every December for many of his high school teaching colleagues, it was always enjoyed by all that attended. A long-lasting childhood friendship was established in 1953 with his good friend Dave when they became school and neighborhood friends (they were also the best man in both of their respective weddings); they stayed in touch throughout the decades that followed, up to this present day.

Ron’s mother emigrated from Norway to the USA in 1912, when she was 4 years old (with her brother and mother – they missed by about a month sailing on the Titanic!); and, like his mother and son, Ron was very proud of his Norwegian family heritage. Ron with his wife, son, and mother immigrated to Canada in the summer of 1992, and made Kelowna, BC their new home. He became a dual citizen in 2000, and later in the year 2000 he and his wife Ronni went on a 6-week trip of a lifetime to visit Australia.

Ron loved trains and railways, working on his model railroading, reading various history books and biographies, military history, and geography. He enjoyed going on family road trip vacations in the summers, and old-time rock & roll music from the 50s & 60s (one of his all-time favorite movies was American Graffiti, which was of his generation). A cat lover, Ron treated them like family over the years. 35 mm camera photography was an interest (he was still using film up until a few years ago). Watching baseball games, war & western movies, police TV shows; wearing his favorite t-shirts; eating pizza; relaxing while having a cold beer with his friends; and spending time with his son Eric, were all loved pastimes. 

Beloved father, husband, brother-in-law, cousin, uncle, neighbor, and friend, Ronald will be greatly missed.

A small private memorial ceremony and celebration of life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Parkinson Society British Columbia.

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  • Tony Williams says:

    So sorry for your loss Eric. You’ve always been a great friend to me for many decades. If you need anything from us, just let me know. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Trisha says:

    My heart goes out to you Eric. Wish I could be there with you.

  • Dee says:

    Eric I’m so very sorry your dad was one of a kinda this world was a better place cause if him my deepest condolences hun

  • Lori placide says:

    Well said. I’m so sorry Eric for the loss of your dad. Sending hugs

  • Sandra and Barry Jameson says:

    Our deepest condolences, to Eric and Ron’s friends. Barry and I, met Eric and Ron for dinner, it was a really enjoyable evening. Ron was a gentle and kind, person. You could see the bond, between Eric and Ron. Eric, please let us know, if you need anything🙏🏻🤗😘

  • Christy Roller says:

    Those we hold closest to our hearts never truly leave us. They live on in the kindness they have shared and the love they brought into the lives of others. My heart and prayers are with you, Eric.

  • Brian Whipple says:

    Sorry to hear about your dad Eric. He lived a full life, glad you were able to be there for him. My condolences

  • Kevin Dunk says:

    My sincere condolences go out to Eric and all related friends of Ron. Ron was a real class act. Being by his bedside to witness his transformation I think is one of the greatest privileges in life, much like seeing a birth of a baby. It’s ironic I received this notice today Feb. 11, the 8th anniversary of my Mom’s spiritual birth, .. This world is poorer because of this loss.

  • Tania says:

    My Dear Friend Eric, so Very Sorry For Your Loss, Big hugs xo

  • Sandra says:

    Eric. I am so sorry for your loss. Your father seemed like a wonderful man. Hugs and prayers through this difficult time.

  • Mark Forseille says:

    Hello Eric. Petra and I offer our deepest condolences to you after your Dad’s passing. I always enjoyed phoning Ron and better yet coming to visit from the Lower Mainland. On my last visit a few months ago I made him a batch of scalloped potatoes and Brats. He felt like a King. Oh, and the bacon for breakfast he loved. He loved good food and good company. I’m honored that I’ve been a friend of the Kruse Family and will be there for you Eric too. We consider you part of our Family forever good Friend! Mark and Petra Forseille.

  • Debbie says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss Eric. Sending hugs and prayers during this very difficult time.

  • Karen Zoller says:

    Thank you for wonderful lifetime information!

  • Steven Accatino says:

    Dear Eric, I am so sorry to learn of your Dad’s passing. He was a good friend and fellow rail fan.

  • Raymond Rogers says:

    Eric, I am very sorry for your loss. I was fortunate to have your dad for history class at YVHS. If you need anything please let me know.

  • Karen Duncan says:

    So sorry to hear of Mr Kruses passing He was my government teacher in 1978 he made learning history fun Between him and Mr Miri history wasn’t boring My sympathies to you and your family Karen Glynn Duncan class of 1979

  • Duane says:

    Eric – Just want to say that I am saddened by your Dad’s passing. I have always looked forward to his annual letters that were enclosed in his Christmas cards. I still have many of those. Staying up late watching slides and his stories about the Southern Pacific railroad are something I won’t forget. He has passed the torch on to you with his inspirations and knowledge.

  • Brian McFalone says:

    March 20, 2023
    Eric, I just learned about the passing Ron! We were buddies at Sam Jose State! I grew up in Toronto and transfered to California in 1962. We were close friends till I graduated in 1964. I met up with your mom and dad in Calgary in 1966 on my way back to California! Your parents had good lives and were blessed with a good son. Ron and I exchanged letters each Christmas. I will miss him!

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  • Ray Sattler says:

    Eric, somehow I missed the message of the funeral home and that Ron had passed away. I am so sorry.

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