Peter R. Kruce
Date of Birth
February 14, 1947
Fremont, Nebraska
Entered into Rest
September 5, 2017
Omaha, Nebraska
Mass of Christian Burial Directions

Saturday, September 9, 2017 ~ 10:00 a.m.
St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church ~ Wahoo, Nebraska
Interment at Holy Rosary Cemetery ~ Colon, Nebraska

Visitation & Rosary Directions

Friday, September 8, 2017
Visitation ~ 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Rosary ~ 7:00 p.m.
St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church ~ Wahoo, Nebraska

Memorials – in lieu of flowers

St. Wenceslaus School or Bishop Neumann High School

Pete R. Kruce, a retired farmer and cattleman and life-long resident of Colon, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on September 5, 2017 at the age of 70 in Omaha.

Pete was preceded in death by his parents and sister Ruth Jolliffe.  He is survived by his wife Suzan (Klemm), sons and daughters-in-law, Paul and Jana Kruce of Omaha, Wallace and Diana Kruce of North Aurora, IL, daughters and sons-in-law, Melissa Kruce and Rod Cook of Sioux Falls, Rachel and Aaric Oolman of Colon; sisters and brothers-in-law, Michael Jolliffe, Louise and Tim Runyan, Ellen Kruce and Douglas McGinnis, Hilary Kruce and Vince Signorile, Jane and Douglas Satree; brother and sister-in-law, Reed and Kim Kruce; grandchildren Norah Cook, Harrison Cook, Peter Kruce, Mary Kruce, James Kruce, Anna Kruce and Patrick Kruce.

Pete was born on Feb. 14, 1947 to Wallace and Ellen (Rasmussen) Kruce in Fremont.   He was in the first graduating class from Bishop Neumann High School, attended Creighton University and the University Nebraska-Lincoln and received a degree in animal science.

On December 19, 1970 Pete married the love of his life Suzan (Klemm) at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Exeter.  He lived his life as a devoted husband, father and friend.  He travelled many miles, through many states to purchase cattle for his annual club calf sale, and he made many lifelong friends along the way.  He enjoyed showing cattle, and chatting with all those he loved on the phone or with a text.

Condolences for Peter R. Kruce
  1. Barb Sukstorf
    • September 6, 2017 - 7 years ago

    Dear Suzi and family,

    My deepest sympathy to you in the loss of Pete. He is at peace now. May your faith and memories sustain you in the days to come.

    With deepest sympathy,
    Barb Sukstorf

  2. Kami Manstedt
    • September 7, 2017 - 7 years ago

    Suzan and Family,

    We are so sorry for the loss of Pete. He will be greatly missed by our family. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

    -Chase, Kami, Diem and Skylar Manstedt

  3. Bob and Carol Meduna
    • September 7, 2017 - 7 years ago

    We are so sorry to hear of Pete’s passing. He will be greatly missed. Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time.

  4. Mary Dailey
    • September 7, 2017 - 7 years ago

    I am so sorry for your loss. I know it isn’t an easy time for your entire family. You all will be in my prayers

  5. Joe & Maryann Cunningham
    • September 7, 2017 - 7 years ago

    To the entire Kruce Family,
    We want to share our deepest sympathies to all of you. We will keep Peter in our thoughts and prayers as well as all of you.
    Joe and Maryann Cunningham
    friends of Vince and Hilary

  6. David Gilfillan
    • September 7, 2017 - 7 years ago

    With deepest sympathies, and our prayers are with you. D. Gilfillan, duplicate bridge partner.

  7. Ed Vanek
    • September 7, 2017 - 7 years ago

    My condolences to the entire family

  8. John Kuris
    • September 7, 2017 - 7 years ago

    Suzan & family, Our sincerest condolences to the entire Kruse family. We hope you can find some comfort in knowing that Peter is no longer suffering and in a better place. May his memory be eternal. Friends of Hilary & Vince. Love John & Sonia Kuris

  9. Tom Hanley
    • September 7, 2017 - 7 years ago

    Hilary and family,
    I wanted to send my hear felt sympathy to you and
    The family. I know how close you are, he will be

    Give them all a hug for me.

    Tom Hanley

  10. Mike and Wendy Oolman
    • September 7, 2017 - 7 years ago

    Our condolences to the whole Kruce Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  11. Brent Wood
    • September 7, 2017 - 7 years ago

    So sorry for your loss thoughts and prayers for you and your family at this time.

  12. Doug Zatechka
    • September 8, 2017 - 7 years ago

    I so very sorry to learn of Pete’s passing…a truly good man, successful in his profession, his love and support of family, and in all his relationships. He was certainly a part of the Selleck Dining program and I enjoyed visiting with him at the various special dinners he attended. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayes. God bless you all.

  13. Polly Murdoch
    • September 8, 2017 - 7 years ago

    To the entire Kruce Family, Pete was a great man and will be missed greatly! I still have lots of great memories watching all the Kruce kids showing sheep.

  14. Jamie Powell
    • September 8, 2017 - 7 years ago

    Dearest Rachel and the entire Kruce family – our hearts are heavy and our minds are thinking of you at this impossible time. Pete was a kind, generous, loving father, grandfather, husband, and friend. I will miss his big laugh and his welcoming spirit. We are sending you our love and wish we could be close enough to hug you and help you when you feel like you are sinking.xoxo, -Jamie, Dave and the boys

  15. Rhonda Lee(Chester Lee)
    • September 9, 2017 - 7 years ago

    Thoughts and prayers to Suzi and family. Chester always talks about the old days with Pete and the rest.

  16. Lynn Stone
    • September 9, 2017 - 7 years ago

    Suzan, my condolences to you and your family. Keep well and know that you are in the thoughts of your many friends.

    Lynn Stone

  17. Scott Seidl
    • September 11, 2017 - 7 years ago

    Our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time to the family and friends of Peter. We know he will be missed.

    Scott & Indra

  18. Melanie Little
    • September 11, 2017 - 7 years ago

    As friends of Hillary and Vince I want to express my deepest heartfelt sympathy from all of us. We are thinking of your sweet dear family at this time.

  19. Larry Jenkins
    • September 14, 2017 - 7 years ago

    Susan, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and family. We will miss Pete and his boisterous laugh at the Lake.
    A good friend and proud father is now at peace.

    Larry & Ruth Jenkins

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