Herbert W. Kruse died Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 at age 88 with his wife by his side.
A longtime resident of San Mateo, he is survived by Gesine, his loving wife of 59 years, his children Barbara and Walter and his three grandchildren Erika Kruse, Peter and Kristofer Klipfel. He leaves behind sisters, cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends. Herbert, a valiant and courageous man embraced new beginnings. Born and raised in Germany, he became a master chimney sweep and met his sweetheart, Gesine. He followed her to San Francisco and began a new life with her. He worked as a mechanic for United Airlines and retired after 30 years. He raised his family, instilling in them hope, love and a passion for life. With perseverance and determination, Herbert became a property owner and manager. Herbert supported and was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and many German clubs, including the Concordia Club, German School and ABV. He was never afraid to try something new.
A celebration of Herbert’s life will be 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14 at Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo, followed by committal at Skylawn Memorial Gardens and Service of Remembrance and reception at Grace Lutheran Church.