Jack J. Kruze

Jack J. Kruze

Jack J. Kruze, 82, of Moon Twp., died on March 23, 2024, in Heritage Valley Sewickley.  He was born in Brockway, PA on August 10, 1941, the son of the late George & Anna (Ferdak) Kruzelyak.

A 1959 graduate of Coraopolis High School, he attended Duke University on a football scholarship.  A highlight of his football career was playing in the Cotton Bowl, January 2, 1961 against Arkansas and winning 7-6.  After graduation, he began his computer sales career with IBM.  Throughout his career he received many awards and earned Quota Club trips.

Jack’s one, true, enduring love was his family.  He cherished road trips and special memories on the golf course with his wife. His sons and daughter were his absolute pride and joy.  No father could have loved them more.  His wonderful grandchildren, who kept him young at heart, brought him immense happiness and seemingly endless laughter.

Jack was an avid hobbyist; he loved his toy soldiers and his trains. He began with WWII dioramas and then went on to enjoy medieval collectibles.  His collection was the envy of even the most discerning of hobby enthusiasts. His artistic talents and creativity turned his home into his castle, where he loved sharing his passion with others.

After owning a hobby store in Century III Mall in the 1980’s, he added another interest– LGB trains. He had them running through various scenes in his train room and eventually extending out to the railing of his deck.  A truly loving husband and father, he couldn’t spend enough time with his grandchildren– always looking forward to their next visit. He was lovingly known as Grandpa Choo Choo, Pop Pop, Papa, Dad, Friend, Honey, and Big Jack.

Jack is survived by his wife of 48 years, Barbara A. (Pawlesh) Kruze.  Four children:  Kirk Kruze, N. Fayette; Kris Kruze (Erica) N. Fayette; Jaclyn Kruze, Moon Twp.; Jack Kruzelyak Jr. (Desiree`), Beaver.  Five grandchildren, Kameron & Karly Kruze, Kane, Scarlett & Harlow Kruzelyak. A brother, Fred Kruzelyak.

In addition to his parents, Jack was preceded in death by his brother, George Kruzelyak.

Friends will be received on Tuesday March 26 from 2-4 & 6-8 PM in The Huntsman Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Moon Twp. (1522 Coraopolis Hts. Rd.)  Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday at 11:30 AM in St. Joseph Catholic Church, Coraopolis.  (Everyone please meet at the church) Committal and Military Honors will follow at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville.  Following will be a reception at the Montour Heights Country Club, Moon Twp.   

11 thoughts on “Jack J. Kruze

  1. A life well lived! I remember the hobby store and the trains as a young kid. So much passion and love. Thinking of you Barbara, sending love and strength to you and your family.

  2. Jack was truly one of the most genuine people I have been blessed to know. Barb, you and your family are such salt of the earth people!! To know you all is to love you. Prayers for peace and comfort to you, and his/your children and grandchildren over these coming days!! Much love to you all!

  3. Barbara, I am so sorry to learn of the passing of your husband, Jack. My sincere condolences to you and your family during this sad time. May God bless you all and may you find strength and comfort in his blessings, now and always.
    Love, Karen Capaldi Matthews

  4. Barb and family- sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. 💕
    Mike & Maureen Spezialetti

  5. Barbara, you have my deepest sympathy on your loss, I was very shocked to hear of his passing.
    Cruz was a great man, so glad I had a chance to see him because of you. May he rest in peace.
    You are in my thoughts and my prayers.

  6. So sorry to hear about our neighbor Jack’s passing. I enjoyed so much seeing his amazing collections when I visited his house. His house truly was his castle – it felt like a walk through a room in the Smithsonian. Every child’s dream. Our cat Sheldon loved the LGB train layout a little too much. Sorry! But we appreciated Jack’s patience with him.
    We regret not being able to come to Huntsman to see you today, Barb. We will miss seeing Jack playing in the yard with his grandkids or doing what jobs he could. He was truly a beloved grandpa. What a rich life of experience! With deepest sympathy, John and Sue

  7. Truly a one of a kind man. Family brought him endless joy and he was the best Pop Pop any kid could ask for. He will live on within his children and grandchildren. He taught them so much about life and being a respectful and kind person. All my love, Rachel

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