Sheldon Scott Cruse, 55, of Gillette, died at his home on April 21, 2021. Sheldon was born on August 18, 1965, to Charles and Peggy Cruse. The family moved around, living in Fort Thompson, SD, Aberdeen, SD, Denver, CO, and Thermopolis, WY. The family settled in Barnard, SD and Sheldon graduated from Frederick High School in 1984.
He joined the Army Reserves and served from 1983-1989. He attended Northern State University in Aberdeen, where he majored first in Biology and then in English. Sheldon worked at Taylor Music while attending NSU, where he worked primarily on woodwinds and stringed instruments. He had an eye for detail and loved working with his hands.
In 1997, he met and married Claudine Krovoza. They made their home in Aberdeen and in 1998, were blessed with their son, Marshall Clive Cruse. Sheldon adored his son and was a very hands-on father. Sheldon and Marshall went on many adventures on their bikes and rarely were apart.
Sheldon worked for Roncalli Catholic Schools for a number of years and in 2008, Sheldon and Claudine moved to Gillette, where he was employed by Protech Computing.
Sheldon loved books, music, art, and language. He was a true Renaissance man. He taught himself how to play guitar and was very talented. He loved everyone and never had an unkind word to say about anyone he met.
Sheldon is survived by his wife, Claudine, and his son, Marshall, both of Gillette; his parents, Charles and Peggy Cruse of Barnard, SD; sister, Melony (Jason) Flinn of Frederick, SD; brother, Travis (Doris) Cruse of Gillette; sister, Mandy (Chad) Weiszhaar, Aberdeen, SD; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ed and Maxine Fiekens and Charles and Alice Cruse; brother-in-law, John Bowman; and nephew, Alex Bowman.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at Gillette Memorial Chapel followed by fellowship at the Arbuckle Lodge.
Memorials and condolences may be sent in Sheldon’s name in care of Gillette Memorial, Chapel 210 West 5th Street, Gillette, WY 82716. Condolences may also be expressed at www.gillettememorialchapel.com.
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