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Editorial: Welcome home to Sgt. Kurt Kruize

Army Sgt. Kurt E. Kruize, a Hancock High School graduate, will return to Minnesota for the final time this morning. He was killed Sunday in a noncombat accident in Iraq.

The plane carrying Kruize's body is scheduled to arrive at the St. Cloud Airport Saturday morning. His body will be escorted by military, family and law enforcement to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in St. Cloud.

Visitation is scheduled for 4-9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home and his funeral is scheduled at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Mary's Cathedral in St. Cloud. Burial will be at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetary in Little Falls.

To his wife, Billie Jo, and their four children, ages 2 to 13, all of St. Cloud, we express our sorrow for the loss of your husband and father.

To his parents, Lyle and Beverly Kruize of Hancock, and the entire Kruize and Rosenbush families, west central Minnesota expresses its condolences for your loss.

To his fellow soldiers of the 367th Engineering Battalion currently serving in Iraq or based in St. Cloud, we are sorry for the loss of your comrade.

To each of you, our words cannot replace or ease your pain. Our prayers are with you in this time of loss.

To Sgt. Kruize, thank you for your service to Minnesota and your country. May God bless you and keep you.