Born in Baltimore and raised in Highlandtown, Mr. Kruse attended city public schools.
During World War II, he enlisted in the Army and served as a gunner with the 8th Division in France and Germany. He attained the rank of sergeant, and his decorations included the Bronze Star.
After the war, he worked in manufacturing at the old Glenn L. Martin Co. plant in Middle River. He later was a foreman for more than 20 years at Vulcan-Hart in Dundalk, a manufacturer of commercial kitchen equipment.
He retired in 1989.
A longtime resident of Bowleys Quarters and an active member of the Bowleys Quarters Improvement Association, he moved to Perry Hall about 15 years ago,
He was an avid vegetable gardener and enjoyed fishing and crabbing. He also was a watchmaker and carpenter and was known for his detailed models of sailing vessels.
He had been living for the past month at Lighthouse, an Essex assisted-living facility.
His wife of 61 years, the former Regina Ulatowski, died in 2002.
Mr. Kruse left his body to the Maryland Anatomy Board. At his request, no funeral services will be held.
A celebration of his life will take place in June, said his daughter, Judy Wilbur of Perry Hall.
Also surviving are two sisters, Loretta Sinclair of Delaware and Bernadine Fajkowski of Baltimore; and a grandson.