Dean W. Kruize age 91, of Sibley, IA died Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, MN.
Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 14th at Zoar Presbyterian Church, rural George, IA, with Rev. John Pea and Rev. Dale Lint officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Ashton, IA. Visitation will be Sunday, January 13th from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m., with the family present from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Jurrens Funeral Home in Sibley. Dean William Kruize was born September 26, 1927 in Sibley, IA the son of William and Minnie (Loerts) Kruize. Dean grew up at Sibley, IA where he attended Holman #7 Country School. His first car was a 1930 Model A Ford. At age 18 he joined the U. S. Navy during World War II. When he returned home from active duty in 1946, he started farming. He was united in marriage to Verna Stallman, on August 29th, 1949 at St. Mary's Rectory in Ashton, IA. They made their home at Sibley, IA. In 1961 he and Verna started Kruize Trucking. He hauled livestock and grain for area farmers. In 1993 the decision was made to discontinue hauling livestock and continued to haul grain and fertilizer. He always enjoyed what he was doing and visiting with his many customers; he never considered it a job. In 2009 he retired and his son, Bill, took over the company. In his retirement he enjoyed going out to the farm to mow lawn and tend to projects on the acreage. He always liked being there when the trucks would return home for the day to visit with the drivers. It was always fun to listen to his many trucking stories and our last night we spent with him was filled with these many stories!
Faith and family were important to him. He liked spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church of Ashton, IA until it closed, and he became a member of Zoar Presbyterian of George, IA. He also was a member of the American Legion. He is survived by his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren: son, Bill Kruize of Sibley, IA; daughter, Betty (Marlin) Wolter of Ocheyedan, IA; their children, Clark & Jefferie Wolter, Ellie and Gage; Lesa (Nathan) Leinen, Ava, Autumn and Ambrey; Amy Wolter (Julien Janigo); daughter, Debbie (Kelly) Van Beest of Sibley, IA; their daughter, Shannon; daughter, Karen (Lynn) Roder of Ashton, IA; their children, Brian (Jondle) Roder; Rachel (Ryan) Haskin, Mya and Maxwell; as well as cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by Verna, his wife of 68 years, on December 31, 2017; parents, William & Minnie Kruize; sisters Arlene (John) Schmidt and Helen (Alvin) Groenewold, nephew Jeff Groenewold; parents-in-law Leonard and Rose Stallman; sisters-in-law Mildred (Herbert) Poss, LaVonne Knerr and Bernice (Lowell) Reiners; brothers-in-law, Virgil (Marge) Stallman, and Irving Stallman.