William "Lucien" Kruse '49
June 1, 2021 1:26 PM
updated: June 1, 2021 1:40 PM
William Lucien Kruse
July 31, 1928 - May 22, 2021
William Lucien Kruse of Cameron passed away at his home on the evening
of May 22nd. He was born on July 31, 1928 in Cameron to Dr A.E. and
Lois Kruse. He graduated from Yoe High School and then Texas A&M
University in 1949. He later earned a Master's Degree from Texas Tech
after serving in the US Army but was an Aggie through and through.
Lucien loved horses and was an outstanding calf roper as part of the
Texas A&M rodeo team. While working for the USDA in Mineral Wells,
Lucien made frequent trips to Ft Worth for weekend rodeos and there
met his future wife of 56 years, Joanie, who passed away in 2013.
Lucien transferred to Austin in 1956. One weekend Joanie flew to
Austin and when she showed up with her saddle in tow, it sealed the
Lucien worked for the Soil Conservation service in Bryan in 1957 when
he and Joanie were married on July 13, 1957. They lived on the Seale
ranch in Benchley, TX and continued to rodeo every weekend. Their
first son, Clay, was born there as was their middle son, Cody. In
1964, they moved to manage Goodland Farms near Hearne, TX. where
youngest son, Kyle, was born. They moved to Cameron, TX in
Lucien was one of those fortunate individuals who found true happiness
on this earth in his vocation. He loved farming and ranching and had
an extra spring in his step when the year's cotton crop made a stand.
He was an authentic member of the dying breed of genuine American
cowboys having worked on the Y.O. ranch as a young man and ranching
cattle to his last day. In addition to his horses and cattle, Lucien
loved Aggie and Yoemen football, saltwater fishing and, of course, his
family. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Calvert and
Lucien is preceded in death by his wife, Joanie, and oldest son, Clay
Kruse of Cameron. He is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Cody and
Georgia Kruse of Richardson, TX and son and daughter-in-law, Kyle and
Rhonda Kruse of Cameron, TX and sister, Erin Jackson of Baytown. He
had five grandchildren: Jake, Laura and Clint Kruse of Richardson and
Savannah and Stockton Kruse of Cameron. He is also survived by
companion, Ruth Humble of Cameron.
Visitation will be on Wednesday, May 26th from 5-7PM at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home.
A memorial service will be held Thursday,10AM at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home followed by a graveside service at Walker’s Creek cemetery.