Gladys Vivian (Peck) Kruse of Cedar Rapids, died on her 93rd birthday, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2006 in her home.
Gladys was born in Dalton (West Le Mars), Iowa, in 1913, the daughter of Otto and Mary (Knippel) Peck. The family later lived in Brunsville, moving to Murdo, S.D., in 1924. Gladys graduated from Murdo High School in 1931. She went on to graduate from Nettleton Business College in Sioux Falls, S.D.
On Feb. 18, 1934, she and Dwight Raymond Kruse were married. Gladys and Dwight lived in Philip, S.D., for many years where they were in the grain elevator business. Their daughter, Judith Ann, was born during this time. Staying in the same business, the family lived in Belle Fourche, S.D., from 1949-1954. After returning to Philip for a year, Dwight took a position in the United States Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C.
After Dwight's death in 1960, Gladys and Judy returned to South Dakota where Gladys worked at Tri-State Milling Company (Hubbard) in Rapid City. On her retirement in 1976, she moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa where her daughter and family lived.
Gladys is survived by her daughter Judy Branz of Raleigh, N.C., and her grandson and his wife, James and Michelle Mead of Brighton, England.
In addition to her husband and parents, Gladys was preceded in death by her sister Eunice Wendt and brother Harold Peck.
Arrangements were made by Iowa Cremation Services. Gladys will be buried in Murdo in May.