George Kruzich

  • Born: August 15, 1937
  • Died: August 17, 2015
  • Location: Seymour, Iowa

Lange Funeral Home & Crematory LLC

1900 South 18th Street
Centerville, IA 52544
Tel. (641) 856-2000

Tribute & Message From The Family

George Kruzich, age 78, of Seymour, Iowa, passed away Monday, August 17, 2015 at Mercy Hospice in Johnston, Iowa.

George was born August 15, 1937, in Diamond, Iowa, the son of John Paul and Rose Elizabeth (Watts) Kruzich. George attended country school in Diamond, Brazil, Plano, and graduated from Centerville High School in 1955. He was united in marriage to Hazel Anne Ferren on November 1, 1958 at the St. Francis Catholic Church in Mystic, Iowa. From this union, there were four children, Mark, Diana, Susan, and Matt.

He joined the United States Air Force on July 26, 1955, and was stationed at the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona. He was honorably discharged from active duty on July 25, 1963. George then worked for Mott Construction for many years operating a scraper. Later, he worked for Rinehart Construction.

George loved sports and was an avid Kansas City Royal's fan. He enjoyed watching both his children and grand children participate in numerous sporting events. He would make a night of it, going to the Freshman, Junior Varsity, and Varsity games. He coached Pee Wee, Little League, and Babe Ruth baseball with fellow coaches Don Banning, Max Rash, and Russ Parker. In his latter years, he sat up in the top bleacher section of the Lakeview Gym, cheering on his son Matt, while he coached the Centerville Big Red Basketball team. He also loved attending all of the Seymour Football games, cheering away, as his son Mark coached.

George is survived by his wife, Anne; his children and their wives, Mark (Jolynn) Kruzich of Centerville, IA, Diana (David) Neubauer of Ogden, IA, Susan (Allen) Ruhnke of West Des Moines, IA, and Matt (Ann) Kruzich of Centerville, IA; grandkids, Joe (Rachel) Kruzich, Shannon (Mike) Peter, Nick (Kate) Kruzich, Kenzie Kruzich, Tucker Bratz, Maddison (Andrew) Bratz-Stubblefield, John Duley, Morgan Duley, and Brianna Popejoy; and his brothers, John Kruzich and Mark Kruzich.

George was preceded in death by his parents, John and Rose; and a brother, Milton (Mick) Kruzich.

There will be no services at this time. Lange Funeral Home and Crematory of Centerville, Iowa has been entrusted with caring for the Kruzich family. Memorials have been established to the Centerville Big Red Booster Club, the Seymour Warrior Booster Club, Mercy Hospice of Johnston, Iowa, or to the Kingdom Hall of the Jehovah's Witnesses, Centerville, and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home, 1900 South 18th St. Centerville, Iowa, 52544. Condolences may be shared online at

Condolence & Memory Journal

To the Kruzich Family,
You are all in our thoughts & prayers at this difficult time. George was such a kind man.He always had a pleasant smile on his face. I will miss visiting with him at the Kingdom Hall.
So sorry for your family's loss!
Elise Sidles & Family

Posted by Elise - Centerville, KS - Friend   September 10, 2015

Ann, please know my family and I send our deepest sympathy to you and yours . . . . .

Posted by Eleanor Ferren - Austin, TX - sister-in-law   August 22, 2015

Will always have the best memories of Uncle George. So sorry for you loss.

Posted by Lorraine Fischer - Jarrell, TX - Niece   August 22, 2015


My sympathy goes out to the whole Kruzich Family.

Posted by Janice Shahan    August 20, 2015

We were sorry to read of George's passing. We remember his smile from our CHS class of 1955. May your memories give you much joy during this time of sorrow.

Edward and Janet Jennings O'Hair
Indianola, Iowa August 20, 2015

Posted by Edward and Janet O'Hair - Indianola, IA - Classmate   August 20, 2015

I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers be sent for the family.

Posted by Lisa (Holmes) Van Houten - Altoona, IA   August 20, 2015

My deepest sympathies to the Kruzich family for your loss. I've enjoyed visiting with George over many years and catching up on the family and Seymour happenings. He always had a big grin on his face when he'd talk about his kids and grandkids, and you couldn't help but smile. He will surely be missed by his family and friends... You're in my thoughts and prayers...

Posted by Kelli (Banks) McCarty - Atchison, KS - Friend   August 20, 2015

So sorry to hear off your loss. Our hearts go out to your family.

Posted by Joe & Shelley Royer - Indianola, IA - friend   August 19, 2015


My grandfather, Mike Kruzich and my father George Kruzich as well as myself descend from this same ancestral lineage. Mike chose to live in Caspian, Michigan while his brother chose to live his life out in the Centerville, IA area. I currently live in Ontario, Canada.
I am acknowledging with a candle. Noreen Kruzich

Posted by Noreen Kruzich - Caspian, MI - distant relation   August 19, 2015


Anne and family so very sorry about your loss

Posted by Joe and Vicki Raley - Brooksville, FL - friend   August 19, 2015

Matt, so sorry to hear of your loss. I lost both my parents this year - it's not easy..... still, but I read something just the other day.... "Pain and sorrow means you loved." We are blessed to have loved and been loved in return. Hugs

Posted by Jim and Joni Wilson - Philadelphia, MO - Old friends   August 19, 2015


My condolences to Ann, Mark, Jolynn . Joey and the rest of the family.

Posted by Linda Moore - Des Moines, IA - friend   August 19, 2015

My heartfelt sympathies to the Kruzich family. George was indeed a family man and I know he will be dearly missed. Hugs to my good friend, Susan.

Jennifer (Dove) Daniels

Posted by Jennifer Daniels - Novinger, MO   August 19, 2015

My heart goes out to your family.
Jodi Guess Scruggs

Posted by Jodi Guess Scruggs - Lees Summit, MO   August 19, 2015


We are so sorry for your loss...D

Posted by Larry&Mary Shondel - Centerville, IA - friiend   August 19, 2015

Thinking of the Kruzich family and sorry to learn about George's passing.
Love, Glee & Donna Guess

Posted by Glee and Donna Guess - Albany, MO   August 19, 2015

Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. I enjoyed visiting with George at the Kingdom Hall, he always had a smile on his face. He will truly be missed by many.

Posted by Karla (Banks) James - Kirksville, MO - Friend   August 19, 2015

George was such a nice man, I always enjoyed visiting with him. I'm so sorry for your loss, he will be missed.

Posted by Kayla (Banks) Beck - IA - Friend   August 19, 2015