| March/April 1987

Mr. NEILS A. (ANDY) KRUSE, Park Ridge, Illinois died suddenly on November 28, 1986. Andy had been in apparent good health, and had been at his favorite pastime of restoring vintage engines the day of his death. Late Friday afternoon, November 28th, Andy complained of not feeling well. A few minutes later he suffered a fatal heart attack.

The Kruse engine collection began about twenty years ago, and quickly grew to include some of the finest vintage engines in this country, not only in terms of rarity, but also in terms of the first-class restoration job which came from Andy's shop. Along the way, Andy became a recognized authority on vintage engines, and traced the history of many companies. Using old books and early hot tube engines, Andy spent a great amount of time experimenting with the hot tube ignition system. Through these experiments Andy became somewhat of an expert on hot tube ignition.

The Kruse collection also included a number of hot air engines, and for these, as well as the gas engines, making new parts as part of the restoration process was commonplace.

Andy and his wife Ruth resided in Park Ridge, Illinois all their life, and from their home they operated Andy's Landscape Service for many years. After retiring, Andy devoted the great majority of his time to vintage engines, and was recognized as an expert on early engines.

Born October 24, 1909, Andy is survived by his wife Ruth, a son, Neils Kruse, and many nieces and nephews.

Submitted by C. H. Wendel, Atkins, Iowa 52206.


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