Jack Cruise, 90, of Corning died Aug. 10, 2017, at Accura Healthcare in Stanton.
Mass of Christian burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 504 Grove Ave., Corning. The Rev. Michael Peters will be celebrant. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Corning. Military honors will be provided by the United States Navy Honor Guard and the Corning American Legion OURCQ Post #117. There will be no public viewing. Family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Friday with a 6:30 p.m. vigil service Friday, Aug. 11, at Pearson Family Funeral Service and Cremation Center, 701 Seventh St., Corning. Memorials may be directed to the St. Patrick Catholic Church for Masses. Online condolences may be left at www.pearsonfuneralhomes.com.
John “Jack” Hughes Cruise, son of Michael “Hank” Henry and Stella (Hughes) Cruise, was born Oct. 22, 1926, in Omaha, Nebraska.
He attended grade school at St. Margaret Mary and High School at Creighton Preparatory, in Omaha. Jack graduated from Creighton University in Omaha. Jack served his country in the United States Navy during World War II on the USS South Dakota. He was honorably discharged, having earned the Victory Medal, the American Area Campaign Medal and the Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal.
On May 29, 1954, Jack married Theresa Curry at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Corning. After their marriage, they moved to Wichita, Kansas, before moving to Corning in 1956. They had five children: Michael, Timothy, Colleen, Patrick and Thomas. Jack worked for the National Farmers Organization for 29 years and was responsible for consigning grain and managing the grain transportation via trains and barges. Prior to working at NFO, Jack worked for Banker’s Life Insurance Company and as Corning’s city clerk.
Jack was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, the American Legion, Rotary Club, as well as a fourth-degree Knights of Columbus. He was associated with the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts and served as a Boy Scout leader. Jack was a member of the Mid-American Boy Scout Council and received the Silver Beaver Award. Jack served as the Fifth District Chairman in the Democratic Party.
Jack is survived by his wife of 63 years, Theresa, of Corning; children Michael Leo Cruise of Reno, Nevada, Timothy John (Monique) Cruise of Plainfield, Illinois, Colleen Ann Cruise of Omaha, Thomas Martin (Amy Kane-Cruise) Cruise of DeWitt; four grandchildren Edie, Ryan, Connor and Erin Cruise; great-grandchild Eoin; many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents; son Patrick Joseph and sisters Marjorie, Angela and Barbara.