William Garrett Cruson, 92, passed away March 20, 2023 at Barrett Hospital in Dillon, Montana. Gary was born, August 26, 1930 to Justace & Florence Cruson in Moline, Illinois and was raised around Calamus, Iowa. The family later moved to Glendale, California where he graduated high school and then married Donna Mae Bastien (deceased) on March 16, 1951, the beloved mother of their five children; Rodney Cruson (deceased) & wife Shari, Debbie & her husband Gene Tuller, Dana & her husband Terry Laney, Dani Alvarado (twin to Dana), Derrick Cruson & his wife Kim. Grandchildren; Zach Tuller (Rachel) , Jed Tuller (Deborah) , Cliff Cruson (Jennifer) ,Nicole Milnes (Evan) , Josh Cruson (Haley) , Jared Cruson (Lex), Dakotah Satre (Mel), Briana Hudson (Geoff) & Dilyn Fuger (Calvin). Great grandchildren; Cyles Tuller, Taylore Cruson(Jake), Garrett Milnes (Isobel), Olivia Tuller , Kadence Satre, Ezekiel Tuller, Berlyn Satre, Sonoma Satre , Ronan Hudson, and Taylore Judson (Jake).Gary married Janis Kohlwey April 23, 1983 in Lakewood, California. Gary was a loving husband to Janis for near 40 years. Janis had six children: Wayne Kohlwey Mark Kohlwey, Richard Kohlwey, Steven Kohlwey, Matthew Kohlwey & Deborah Kohlwey Maxfield & huband Neal Maxfield. Grandchildren: Mark’s children - Michael Kohlwey & wife Linda & their children – Kyla, Jayda & Layla. Richard (Richie) Kohlwey, Steven’s children – Ashley, Jennifer & Stephanie. Mark’s Children – Krissi Corengia son’s Matthew, Jacob & Cody. Matthew’s children – Cameron Kohlwey & Matt Kohlwey. Deborah’s children – Ary Vermunt & Tatjana Vermunt. William (Gary) worked as a Commercial Hardware Consultant in California. He retired 30 years ago in Dillon, Montana. He was a loving husband and father. Gary had deep appreciation and love for Jehovah God, His Son Jesus Christ and His creation, especially people. Gary’s greatest desire was that everyone come to know their Creator.
Important in his life was family and teaching his hope that under the rule of God’s Kingdom (Matthew 6:9,10) with Christ as King, suffering, crime, poverty, hunger, sickness, war and death will be eliminated. God’s original purpose for us and the earth will be realized (Psalms 37:29 “The righteous themselves will possess the earth and they will reside forever on it.”
Gary had been one of Jehovah’s Witness, an Elder, for about 70 years. He loved singing, teaching and giving Bible talks in the congregation, at assemblies and conventions, where everyone is invited, Gary did all this in spite of his affliction with polio at age 9. He had no fear of death, to sleep in God’s memory until the resurrection was his solid hope based on God’s promise at: John 5:28,29 & Acts 24:15.