Richard Steven Kruse, M.D., 78, died on April 16, 2020 at First Health Hospice House. 

Born to the late Case and Stephanie Kruse on December 20, 1941 in Chicago, Illinois. 

Richard was a graduate of Georgetown University where he received a BS in Biology in 1965; an MS in Pharmacology in 1967; a Medical Degree in 1971. He completed his rotation in 1972 at Northwestern University in Chicago, his residency in Diagnostic Radiology in 1975 at UNC Chapel Hill. He was a major in the Army, serving as chief of Radiology at Womack Army Hospital from 1975 to 1977. Richard was a partner at Pinehurst Radiology Group from July 1977 until he retired August 31, 2007. 

Richard was a member of the Village Chapel, sang in the choir and was a member of a men’s community bible study. Although his career was in medicine, he was an avid piano player. He played the accordion on the Morris B. Sachs amateur hour on the radio in Chicago at age 6. He then learned to play the piano without any formal training and had the unique ability to play music by ear. As recently as 2014 he played piano voluntarily for the children at Pope John Paul School in Southern Pines. He loved to learn, travel, and play golf. His passion was helping others. 

He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Lisa. A daughter Cayleigh Ana; two sons Chris (Ashley) of Wilmington, NC, Erik (Sonja) of Minneapolis, Minnesota, two sisters Pat Baker (Ron) of Weaverville, NC, Nancy Puppilo of Plainfield, Illinois; and a brother Tim (Lutye) of Alexander, NC. 

A graveside service will be held on Saturday April 18, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Pinelawn Memorial Park. A memorial service will be held at a later date. 

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Baptist Children’s Home of North Carolina. 

Services are entrusted to Fry & Prickett Funeral Home. 

Online condolences can be made at 

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  1. I’m so sorry Chris for the loss of your father. I have wonderful memories of him while you were living here in NOLA. Sending lots of love and prayers to you, Ashley, your beautiful children, Erik, his wife and his beautiful children.

  2. Dear Lisa,
    I will always remember Richard as a kind and true gentleman and our many wonderful years in the Chapel choir. God bless and keep you!

  3. Dear Lisa, I will always remember Richard as such a kind, caring and true gentleman and our many years together with other friends in the Chapel choir. God bless and keep you!

  4. We are sad to hear Richard died. It is a hard time for. We know you, kids and grandkids will miss him. We will have to do virtual hugs.
    Love, Patty & Mike

  5. I’m very sorry to hear of Dr. Richard Kruse passing. Dr. Kruse was a caring, gentle man whom I always enjoyed the time we spent together. My thoughts are with his wife and family.

  6. Dearest Chris, Ashley, Campbell and Sawyer …
    We are so very sorry for your loss … Chris, we know losing your father is heartbreaking for you and for your brother Erik. It’ one of the hardest things that can happen in our lives … and from your stories about the fun you and Erik had with your Dad growing up it must be extra hard knowing his beautiful grandchildren Campbell, Sawyer, Elliot and Leo will never have the chance to personally know what a wonderful and loving Grandfather they had. Treasure every wonderful experience, picture and memory you have of your Dad, he lives on through you and your children. Sending our love and prayers to all of you

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