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A Wetzel and Son Obituary for:
Leslie Palmer Cruise Jr.
May 27, 1924 - January 30, 2022


Funeral Home - Wetzel and Son Funeral Home - 501 Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090 - 215-659-0911 - Map
Donation - National Warplane Museum - 3489 Big Tree Lane, Ganeseo, NY 14454 - 585-243-2100 - Map

The following obituary was composed by Les’ family:

Leslie P Cruise Jr

Prospectville, PA

Leslie Palmer Cruise Jr passed away Sunday, January 30, 2022 at home with family. Born in Philadelphia, PA on May 27, 1924, Leslie was the son of Leslie Palmer Cruise Sr and Edna Henning. Leslie was preceded in death by his wife of over 75 years Shirley Clemens Cruise.

Leslie served through three campaigns in World War II with H Company, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division at Normandy, Rhineland and Ardennes (Battle of the Bulge) where he was wounded in action on January 3, 1945. Among his medals are the Purple Heart and a Bronze Star.

Leslie attended the University of Pennsylvania, thanks to the GI Bill, and received a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1950, followed by a long career as an architect.

Leslie is survived by his son David Arthur Cruise and his wife Becky (Malone) Cruise and by his daughter Janet (Cruise) Klein and her husband Ken Klein.

Leslie is survived by 6 grandchildren- Amy Cruise Biittner (Tom), Tara Cruise (Shana), Seth Cruise (Crystal), Jason Klein (Jess), Stephanie Klein Talladay (Matt) and Caleb Klein.

16 Great Grandchildren include Selah, Canaan, Tyler, Kamren, Nicholas, Calvin, Isabella, Chloe, Lily, Damon, Sadie, Owen, Baylee, Bella, Darcy and Ransom.

Leslie loved the outdoors and caring for his property, and loved to paint landscape scenes with watercolors. Leslie and Shirley traveled many places with their friends, with many great travel memories.

We love you Dad and Pop Pop. You have left us a great legacy by which we are blessed.

Memorial contributions can be made to the National Warplane Museum, 3489 Big Tree Lane, Geneseo, NY 14454, who continue to maintain and fly the C-47 ‘Whiskey 7’ that Les jumped from on June 6, 1944.

A Memorial service will be held at a future date.

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