Nancy Kay Kress and Fredrich James Cruse of Hannibal were united in holy matrimony on Dec. 30, 1967, by Rev. O.A. Winscott at the Brentwood Baptist Church, Brentwood.
Nancy is the daughter of Wilbert and Eva Kress. Fred is the son of Parish and Ruth Cruse.
The Maid of Honor was Judith A Gahr; attendants were Marty Lawler, Julie Stites and Marilyn Minshall. The Best Man was William Mikklesen, with groomsmen Robert Massey, Robert Coons and John Westermeyer.
Nancy and Fred are the parents of Jason A Cruse (Laura) of Sioux Falls. S.D., and grandparents of Michael (Chelsey) of Sandy, Utah, and Rachel, Thomas and James of Sioux Falls.
Mr. Cruse is in the practice of law in Hannibal, with the firm of Cruse.Chaney-Faughn, P.C. He opened the Public Defender office in Hannibal on July 1, 1977, after serving three years in the U.S. Marine Corps as both a prosecutor and defense attorney. He retired as Municipal Judge in September after serving 11 1⁄2 years in that position. He previously served 3 1⁄2 years as City Attorney.
Mrs. Cruse is active in the Hannibal Regional Hospital Auxiliary, having served on the Board for 13 years. She presently serves as Third Vice President of the Missouri Association of Hospital Auxiliaries. The Cruses are life members of the Hannibal Regional Hospital Auxiliary.
The Cruses are active members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Nancy has served as Relief Society President. Fred has served as Bishop of the local congregation. Their son (Jason) served a mission in France. One grandson (Michael) served a mission in Russia. Their granddaughter (Rachel) served a mission in Arizona. One grandson (Thomas) was the honor graduate for his boot camp company and serves in the South Dakota National Guard. James was selected for the all-city honor band.
The Cruses have been active in Boy Scoutng. Fred, Jason, Michael and Thomas are all Eagle Scouts, and James is a Life Scout working toward his Eagle. Fred has been on the executive board of the Great Rivers Council, BSA, for many years.