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Kenneth Cruse CONCORD Kenneth Boland Cruse, 84, of Concord, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, at CMC-Northeast in Concord. He was born Feb. 22, 1929, in Michigan, to Bernard William Cruse Sr. and Juanita Boland Cruse, who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by one brother, Bernard William Cruse Jr. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. this evening (Sunday, Nov. 10), at Hartsell Funeral Home of Concord. The funeral service will be held Monday, Nov. 11, at Calvary Lutheran in Concord at 11 a.m. The service will be officiated by Pastor Carroll Robinson. Burial will follow at the at Carolina Memorial Park in Kannapolis. The family will also receive after the burial at the church. Kenneth graduated from law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Between the years 1951 and 1953, he served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War as a 2nd Lt. Upon returning from service he began over 40 years of practicing law in Concord and was a member of the NC Bar Association. He was a past Master of the Cabarrus Lodge #720 where he was a member for 51 years. He also was a Worthy Patron of the Eastern Star. He was responsible for starting the Rainbow Girls of Cabarrus County. He was also a longtime member of Amvets Post 845 of Rockwell where he started the Sons of Amvets in 2004 who awarded him the commander award. He was also a former member of the America Legion, the White Shrine, and the Cabarrus County DAV. Kenneth was a past member of the NC Academy of Trial Lawyers. He was also a former member of the Loyal order of Moose and Yorke Rite Bodies. Mr. Cruse served in the Army Reserve and helped establish first reserve unit in Cabarrus County with Charles Wrenn and James Babb. Survivors include sons, Kenneth Boland (Mary Kiker) Cruse Jr., of Concord and David (Cindy) Cruse, of Concord; daughter, Portia Mayfield, of Waco, Ga.; and four grandchildren, Jonathan "Jay" Cruse, of Concord, Amber Cruse, of Salisbury, Tiffany Webber, of Charlotte and Kristi Glover, of Concord. Memorials may be made to Amvets, Post 845, 427 Link St., Rockwell NC, 28138. Hartsell Funeral Home of Concord is serving the Cruse family. Online condolences may be made at www. hartsellfh.com.

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