Richard Lee Kruse, 89, of Florence, passed away March 6, 2017. Richard was born June 14, 1927, in Grand Island, Neb., and had lived in the Florence area for many years. He was a veteran and served in the South Pacific. Richard loved biking, hiking, exercise programs and to travel. He enjoyed the outdoors and loved gardening, fishing and crabbing. At his request, private cremational rites were held through Burns’s Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home.