May 14, 1931 - March 19, 2016


Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in St. Cloud for Harvey M. Kruchten, 84, of St. Cloud, who died peacefully on Saturday, March 19, 2016. Reverend Thomas Knoblach will officiate. Inurnment will be in Assumption Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the Daniel Funeral Home in St. Cloud and after 10:00 a.m. on Thursday at the church. Parish prayers will be at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.
Harvey was born May 14, 1931 in St. Cloud, Minnesota to Edward and Elizabeth (Nies) Kruchten. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. Harvey was united in marriage to Helen T. Faust on December 29, 1951 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in St. Cloud. He was a 1959 graduate of St. John's University, Collegeville. He was employed by AT&T at Bell Labs in Whippany, New Jersey and transferred to C&P Telephone in Baltimore, Maryland until transferring to Wisconsin Bell in Milwaukee in 1968. He Retired as District Manager of transmission engineering and moved to St. Cloud in 1990. He was a member of the St. Cloud Eagles Aerie #622, Knights of Columbus Council #961, Telephone Pioneers and Holy Spirit Parish.

Harvey volunteered at St. Cloud Hospital installing lifelines and with Meals on Wheels. He also took part in the 40 days for life campaign. Harvey was a very active member of his parish and will be remembered for his faith and devotion.

He is survived by his children, Deborah (Paul) Hamay of Wake, Virginia, David of Waukesha, Wisconsin, Carie (Brian) Zuelsdorf of Waukesha, Wisconsin; eight grandchildren; three great grandchildren; brother, Melvin of St. Cloud; sisters, Vi Osgood of Richfield, Arlene Orea of Seattle, Washington and Cathy Reichensperger of St. Cloud; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Harvey was preceded in death by his wife, Helen in 2014; parents; brothers, Harold and Ralph; and sisters, Estelle Olson and Mary Ann Wade.

Memorials are preferred.