Tribute to Jer Kruse
TRIBUTE TO JER KRUSE
A part of our heart and soul has left us. All of Chanticleers is mourning the passing of Gerald (Jer) Kruse, best friend of this theatre for over twenty years.
Over the years, Jer wore many hats—usually several at a time — including serving as Board President, Treasurer, Sound Technician, Facilities Manager, Technical Director, Stage Manager and much more. Every role or task he took on was carried out with a cheery “can do” attitude and unwavering spirit of joyful service.
There is so much to be said about this wonderful man but he will be remembered especially for his bright smile and infectious laughter. Hardly a conversation or phone call with Jer would go without a joke or funny turn of phrase on his end. If you’ve ever chuckled at the cartoons and quips embedded in Chanticleers’ programs, then you too have enjoyed his playful wit. His sense of humor was his calling card.
Jerry Kruse was an amazing and loving person. He was a gift to the world. We at Chanticleers were honored and proud to be his friends. The light is dimmer, the music is quieter, and our hearts are heavier without him. Our prayers and condolences go out to his partner Sandy and his children, Cheryl and Kevin, and grandchildren.
Enthusiasm and generosity were perhaps two of Jerry’s most outstanding qualities. In addition to being the backbone of Chanticleers Theatre, he supported many local causes and charities, including Kids Bike Lane and others.
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Our dear friend, Jer Kruse, passed away late last night. He was peaceful, had the blues playing and smiling to the end. There is a huge hole in the universe and my heart this morning.
Vicki Kagawan Zabarte I am so heart broken to hear the passing of this lovely man. I was so unfamiliar with Chanticleers Theatre, he guided me thru its ins and outs. He helped me whenever I needed it and answered all my questions when no one else can. Always a smile on his face no matter what issues arises. My thoughts and prayers to Jer and his family. Chanticleers Theatre won’t be the same without him.