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Pasadena Funeral Home

2203 Pasadena Blvd, Pasadena, TX

OBITUARY

William Joseph Cruse Jr.

October 11, 1958January 17, 2020
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William “Billy” Joseph Cruse, Jr., 61, of Pasadena, Texas, passed away on Friday January 17, 2020. Billy was born in Pasadena, Texas on October 11, 1958 to William “Bill” J. Cruse and Darlene K. Baxter Cruse. He graduated from Pasadena High School in the Spring of 1976, where he made many lifelong friends. His parents influenced him for his love for music, particularly Classic Rock, which with their encouragement, led him to his love for playing music on his guitar, a joy which he always treasured.

After high school he attended Southwest Texas University briefly before returning home to Pasadena where he continued classes at U. of H. and U. H. Clear Lake with an interest in accounting (and talented guitar and vocal artist). At Southwest, he also kindled relationship from a High School friend, Sherry Hooper, whom he married and with her fathered their two amazing sons.

His career in accounting brought him to Jacksonville, TX, Dallas, TX, Memphis, TN, back to Houston and many other places locally and regionally. Billy loved to be the center of attention. Colorful, boisterous and fun loving. Extravagant and giving beyond his means. Billy believed in the Lord and Jesus Christ as his Savior. He confessed to having a personal relationship with his Savior after returning home in 2009. He will be remembered by his friends and his parents carrying his KJV bible with him as he went about his daily business.

Billy was preceded in death by his Grandparents Aubrey R. and Cleao D. Moore Cruse and George K. and Thelma M. Hultquist Baxter; his uncle Danny Baxter and cousin Kevin Baxter. Billy is survived by his father William J. Cruse, Sr. and mother Darlene K. Cruse; brother Dennis and wife Kara Koeppe Cruse; children William (B.J.) J. Cruse, III and wife Ola Almadhaji Cruse, and Ryan T. Cruse and wife Jennifer Roscetti Cruse and our loved mother of B.J. and Ryan, Sherry; grandchildren, Evelyn T.,Cassian Y Adelyn R. and Adeline Roscetti, Cruse; aunts and uncles Glenn and Linda Cruse Conard, Aubrey R. Cruse, III and Judith Cruse and Peggy Baxter; along with numerous nieces and nephews and cousins and many loving friends.

A memorial service will be held for Billy at 2:00 PM Saturday February 1st at Pasadena Funeral Home 2203 Pasadena Blvd. Pasadena, Texas 77502.

Fellowship and visitation will begin at 1:00 PM until service time at 2:00 PM.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 1, 2020

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Gayla Dupree-Broeker

January 30, 2020

I'm so sorry for your loss. I was just talking with Billie on FB 1/13/20. Billie and I go way back to elementary school. We would always laugh about my GoGo boots and how I used them to kick him on the playground. Billie was a sweetheart and he forgave me for kicking him all those years ago . I will keep the entire family in my thoughts and prayers

Chuck Cannon

January 30, 2020

Taken me a little time to get my thoughts in order. One thing about a conversation with Billy, be prepared and expect the unexpected. He was a wit.
In our youth Billy and I collaborated on many a night of masterful guitar sessions, though never any public appearances for good reason. And at this moment I realize how much of a life blessing it was. And I smile.
There was never a more traumatizing round of golf to be played than with Billy. Tee times at 12:00, pick you up at 10:00. He's out the door at 10:15 and loaded in the truck by 10:30. First tee no balls, tees or glove. Yes, I prepared. And of course Mulligans were without limits. And I only wish there was one more round.
Of course there is so much more to be said and shared. There was always a new chapter awaiting the adventures of his life.
And he was a part of my life as far back as I remember. And as we always shared at the end of a conversation or time together; Love you my brother from another mother.
My friend, my brother and sometimes mentor.
I will miss you.

Amiee Lopez

January 29, 2020

We met in Memphis, TN in 2000 and I fell in love with his charm, humor, intellect and music. He was exciting. One of my favorite memories ... he drove me, late one night, over an interstate in Houston, and told me,"When I say "now", stand-up in the seat (through the open sunroof) and look to your left". We were traveling 75-80 MPH and I was terrified but I knew he would never let anything happen to me. When he said, "NOW!" I stood up and as far as the eyes could see were the lights from all the oil rigs. It was an amazing sight... one I will never forget.

Thank you William, for the laughter, music, adventures and memories. You will always live in my heart.

Dennis Cruse

January 26, 2020

Brother,

I will miss you. I am sad you are gone from us and this world. But grateful you have found the loving heavenly arms of Jesus to receive you, just as you are. Just as you are, nothing more or less. You were always searching for something here on this side. Something more. It doesn't matter any longer now, does it? I love you, brother. Rest in the peace you have received through our Savior Jesus Christ, now and forever.

Take comfort family and friends. "Behold, I make all things new." KJV Rev 21:5a; 2 Cor 12:9 ..."My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness"; Rom 10:9 If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

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