Kruize scholarship fundraiser April 5
Sgt. Kurt Kruize Foundation is holding its annual silent auction and dinner on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at the Hancock Community Center from 3 -7 p.m. The event is held to raise funds for the scholarships the family has set up for qualifying students at Hancock Public School. The dinner will consist of pulled pork sandwich, potato salad, potato chips, beans, bars and drink. A silent auction will be held along with the dinner. Please come out and join Kurt’s family in honoring him. If you are unable to make the event and would still like to donate please send the donation to Sgt. Kurt Kruize Memorial Foundation P.O. Box 453, Hancock, MN 56244.
Kurt Elmo Kruize was born on June 11, 1974 to Lyle and Beverley Kruize at the Stevens Community Medical Center in Morris. Kurt has two sisters; Tammy Angrimson and Kari Standfuss and one brother; Darren Kruize. While growing up Kurt had many pastimes which included fishing, hunting, basketball, football and cooking. Kurt graduated from Hancock High School in 1993. His class size was small with only 16 but they were close with one another. During Kurt’s senior year he played football and was one of the basketball captains.
Kurt knew from a young age that he wanted to join the military. When he was 17 he joined the Army Reserve Unit out of Willmar, Minn. Between his junior and senior year Kurt did his basic training at Fort Lee in Virginia. Once he was done with high school he did his AIT at Fort Jackson in South Carolina. When Kurt got home from AIT he moved to St. Cloud where he met Billie Jo, the love of his life. The fall of that year he moved to Detroit Lakes to go to school to become an automotive technician, following in his father’s footsteps. Kurt worked at Lyle’s Auto Service for a few years before he moved back to St. Cloud to be with Billie Jo. Kurt and Billie Jo married in 1998. Kurt and Billie Jo have four children; one boy and three girls. His family was his life; he spent a lot of time with the kids helping them with homework, playing games, encouraging them to do well in school. Kurt felt education was extremely important and always made sure his children had a good education. Kurt had plans to go back to school when he got back from Iraq to become a chef. Kurt worked at Viking Coca Cola in St. Cloud as a forklift driver.
Kurt served two tours in Iraq, one in 2003 and the other in 2010. The first tour was with the 353 Transportation Company out of Buffalo, Minn. where he was a fuel tank carrier. Kurt’s second tour started in January 2010 with the 367 Engineer Battalion out of St. Cloud. He was preparing for a mission on April 4, 2010 when he tragically died in an accident. The Sgt. Kurt Kruize Memorial Foundation was established to honor his legacy by awarding scholarships in his name.